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On arrival, however, they discover the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff are more than a little eccentric and the days of the Raj appear to be long gone.
But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
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Moving, sincere, funny, terrifying in places, it is a truthful view of old age and what it brings. She lives in North London. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: February 16, Language: English ISBN Enabled X-Ray: Literary Fiction. Book Series. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback.
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Kindle Edition Verified download. These Foolish Things is about a retirement home that is set up in India for those living in Britain.
The story follows a few different characters and their different perspectives on the place. When i found out that the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, was based on a book, i really wanted to read it.
It only took me around five years! I really enjoyed the story. It was well written, interesting and flowed at a nice, even pace.
Although i had watched the movie and knew the basic premise, the book is quite different with more characters and different story lines. There were a few similarities however not enough that you knew the story or how it would end. I can see why they changed what they did for the movie too many characters in a movie can make it hard to follow. The characters were really well developed. I would definitely recommend it. I am not sure if this edition is different from the original.
Usually when books are recreated into films, I am able to evaluate each one independently and judge them according to my entertainment expectation. I watched the movie first, was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the outcome.
For me, the movie was a five star entertainment. I enjoyed the feisty seniors, how well they coped, and how they adapted to new surroundings. I did NOT enjoy the book as much as the movie. I thought it condescending, depicting dire straights for the seniors as well as those who live in India.
Even though the book made an attempt to give a glimpse of life in India, daily life could have been explored a bit more. I also don't like when stories have neat little tied up endings. Usually a good book leaves me with a feeling as if I visited a moment in time and would selectively store the book as a memory I can revisit. Unfortunately I remember some of the characters, but can't remember the ending. The ending was flat and unrealistic.
I will remember Dorothy, however. Her character touched my heart, and I love how Graham responded to her. Because of that relationship, I have given this 1star book 2 stars. I object to the characterization of so many people becoming victims of their own lives. I downloadd this book after reading that it was the basis for the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Having loved the movie I thought I would also enjoy a more in-depth exploration of the characters and the background.
However, I was sadly disappointed as the book is really nothing like the movie. Some of the character's names are the same, but that is where any similarity with the movie begins and ends.
It is actually quite a depressing story of the suffering and neglect of the elderly in modern-day Britain, which forces the characters to seek a better life in India, in much the same way that the health care system for the elderly in the UK has been out-sourced to India. Don't read this book if you're looking for more of the sparkling wit of Maggie Smith, the stoicism of the magnificent Judy Dench and the dry humour of Bill Nighy.
That rooted the film for me. All the characters and circumstances are real but a whiff of magic, something elevated, releases the comedy and a spiritual undertone. Many Englishmen who had lived in British India through their formative years, returned later to check out the country… India's a country you can never completely leave behind. I've only spent four months there — I always wanted to visit and had made a date with my wife — but I can't wait to return.
The story of Tom Wilkinson's character is particularly poignant; he longs to return but is terrified to do so until he's confronted with his mortality. You invented his gay character who wasn't in the original?
That was screenwriter Ol Parker's idea. We worked on the script together and wanted to install a reference in the story, an embodiment of the colonial relationship between Britain and India.
Was it hard to assemble this super stellar cast? Since the characters are all of a certain age, we could cast actors who are at the peak of their abilities. Our most extraordinary resource, they brought the story alive. Their comic talent, acting skill and depth of experience was staggering. The only thing we had to do was bring them together with a skilled ensemble of Indian actors — Dev Patel, Tena Desae, Lilette Dubey — and watch them collide with India.
The script attracted them.
From the first time I read it, in my mind, Judi was the centre of it. For actors in their 70s, it's hard to find such terrific roles… It's unusual to find a piece that's as democratic as this where the story's spread not just between those seven Brits, but over nine storylines. It's pleasurable to be in an ensemble where you're not carrying all the big scenes. They'd all worked together before and, since each character's life is transformed in a funny but profound way, the material appealed to them.
To ensure that the film would have an audience, the studio got these famous stars.
It's already done so well in England With seven such well known actors, every Brit wants to see the film. India's a big draw, too. An intoxicating trailer could be made because India's so vibrant, so rich, such a powerful presence.
Describe your experience of India. It's an astounding country, I was knocked sideways when I first got there — it has a powerful effect on you. My visceral impressions were made more intense by the pre-monsoon weather; grey, overcast, very hot, very smelly. I saw lot of poverty and didn't know if I could make a comedy there.
External things dominated first. Then, the national character, the people's temperament, asserted itself; the way Indians greet the world is transformative. After being there, you come back changed. It's an amazing place but it was disturbing to see how, despite massive economic resurgence, the disparate issues and problems couldn't be pulled together. I couldn't grapple with the inequity. Still, my wife and I felt completely at home, we connected with the country.
There's a sense of endurance, patience, openness, tolerance and hospitality.