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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
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3.5 I enjoyed the movie and the book. The good news is the paper version is sufficiently different to the screenplay that you don’t feel like they’re reinventing the wheel.

The basis of the story is the same; a group of seventy-somethings who leave the UK to spend their twilight years at the ultimate retirement home – the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Bangalore, Southern India. This overseas retreat might not quite live up to the guests expectations, but as their tales unfold and begin to intertwine, they each discover a very individual affection for their new found home and the people they encounter there.

Significant characters in the movie don't show up in the book, and vice versa. Events in the book show up in the movie, but happen to or involve different characters!

I thought the movie was beautiful to watch, and gave a rather "romantic" view of both India and retirement, not to mention moving your life to a completely different culture, climate and continent.

The book is much more realistic and, as a result, also darker. We get a better picture of exactly why these retirees ended up moving to India--actually, the idea makes a lot more sense in the book. The lives of the characters are more complex (both before and after their move) and presented in more detail than they are in the movie. The book has a much longer timeline, with the characters having (and taking) more than a just a few months to solve all their problems.
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