These Foolish Things

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Vintage, 2005 - Old age homes - 281 pages
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A thoroughly enjoyable black comedy from the author of Tulip Fever.
Dr Ravi Kapoor has reached the end of his tether. He is over-worked and exhausted; his South London hospital is out of funds; and reporters are hounding him about the death of a pensioner, who, for three days lay on a trolley untended, the blood stiffening on her clothes. Even home life has become impossible as his father-in-law, a disgusting and difficult old man, has been kicked out of his nursing home and has moved into Ravi's spare bedroom. But then that "tip top man," his cousin, Sonny, has a brainwave.
Dunroamin is a converted guesthouse in Bangalore, where Sonny starts a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England. Travel and set-up are inexpensive, staff willing and plentiful - and the British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and take mango-juice with their gin.
These Foolish Things is a brilliant comedy of manners, mixing acute observation with a deeper message about how different cultures cope in the modern world.

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2.5** Several British retirees move to Bangalore after falling for the promises made in a promotional video for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is a new type of retirement community, in a country ... Read full review

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I actually enjoyed the movie more. Almost half of the book is taken up introducing the many characters before they move to India, and that makes it move slowly. The second half is better, with action ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels including Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into a top-grossing film starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Her screenplays include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in Wales.

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