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The Ex-Wives

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 The Ex-wives by Deborah Moggach, book reviewI used to read quite a few of Deborah Moggach’s books a few years ago and loved such ones as See Saw and Final Demand. Some of her later titles did not appeal so much though so I sort of forgot about her books – that is until I was given The Ex-Wives for Christmas. I enjoyed being reacquainted with this author and although I wouldn’t rank it as one of my favourites it is an absorbing and tantalising read. Strangely, the accolades on the cover claim that this book is a comedy but, although there were some funny moments, I did not really agree with this description although I would find it hard to describe exactly what type of book it is. I would suggest that it is part mystery with a touch of the sinister about it with the odd element of humour added in!


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These Foolish Things

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Inconvenient and Obnoxious Norman

Life should be good for Dr. Ravi Kapoor. He’s got an excellent job at the hospital, a lovely wife and a nice home but there’s one big blot on his otherwise happy landscape – his father-in-law Norman. These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, book reviewThis objectionable old boy has been banned from every nursing home he’s been to and by many he’s never even gone near and Ravi and his wife Pauline are running out of options. It looks like they are stuck with Norman and that’s no easy ride. He smokes in the house, surfs the net for porn sites on Ravi’s computer, burps and farts with alacrity and can never resist a smutty joke. After all, Norman’s a man of the world who knows how to say “Show me your pussy” in a score of different exotic languages.


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Extended Family Humour

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 The Ex-wives by Deborah MoggachThe Ex-Wives by Deborah Moggach is one of the author’s many contemporary novels.  However, she is most well known for an historical novel called Tulip Fever, set in 17th century Amsterdam.

The Ex-Wives opens with the central character of Buffy (Russell Buffery), an actor, feeling old and sorry for himself.

He has ex-wives, as well as other partners he hasn’t married, children and step-children and now has to quite literally pay for his past “mistakes”.

As someone who has started to feel the aches and pains of getting old myself, I found the explanations of some of his “problems” comically entertaining.

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