N.B. This book is also known called 'These Foolish Things' just in case anyone has already read that.
The book has some of the same characters as the film but is generally quite different. It still tells the stories of a group of pensioners who have, for varying reasons, decided to move to a newly opened retirement home in India but the route their lives take is very different.
Having a group of such a vast range of characters makes this book what it is. The relationships between the residents and their families means the story feels very real. The question of how we treat the elderly in this country makes it all the more poignant.
My one big criticism of the book could also be taken as a compliment; it feels so real that when it ends it feels too sudden. It really could have carried on for the rest of their lives, I wanted to know what happened next (although them all dying wouldn't be much of a happy ending!).
Either way this is a good read full of realistic characters, complex relationships and heartfelt messages. Give it a go!