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This review is from: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Paperback)I bought this book because of the soon to be released film. I started to read it and realised this book is the same book I had read just recently and had ordered at the same time. So if you have already read These Foolish Things don't buy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I could find nothing in Amazon's blurb to say this and it only says it in small print on the back of the book. So readers beware!!!!
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2012 17:07:42 GMT
J. Martin says:
I too fell for this marketing ploy. It should have been made clear that this book was the same as "These Foolish Things" and that had already been purchased. Not worthy of Amazon's normally good marketing policies.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 03:17:48 GMT
If true & I`m NOT doubting either caroline nor J.Martin, it will have lessened my previous esteem towards Amazon.
Posted on 4 Mar 2012 12:18:45 GMT
I understand (but could be wrong) that the plot of the film deviates quite a bit from the original book - if so, people who buy this book expecting to find it has an identical story to the film will be disappointed. Before reading Caroline's comment, I had assumed this book was not the same as These Foolish Things, but a newly-crafted "book of the film". I agree with other commenters that Amazon should make it clear that this book is in fact These Foolish Things under a new title.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 19:28:23 GMT
But surely Amazon are just selling a book in digital format. It's published by Vintage Digital. I'm not defending Amazon, but I looked at Amazon's product description and (as stated in my review) it's clearly stated that it's a republished These Foolish Things. Obviously to tie in with the film release. Az may refund if people have already bought the original title if you speak to Customer Service..........
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 10:12:36 GMT
Mr. David J. Lenham says:
Think it's harsh and misleading to award only one star to a perfectly good book.
I sympathise with your feeling misled but believe the purpose of the star ratings is to provide a guide to the quality of the novel and should have nothing to do with the problem you encountered.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2012 10:21:22 GMT
You are right the book is good. The reason I gave only a one star was that I wanted other customers to read my review. I know sometimes I don't read all the reviews. The publishers are at fault as well because they should have put that it was a reprint on the front of the book and not in small print on the back. I have applied for a refund.
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 11:38:33 GMT
Sebastian Verghese says:
Agreed that the publisher should have made it clear that this is the same book as "These foolish things" but to be fair to Amazon this version is a few quid cheaper.
Your rating and review told me NOTHING about how good the book is and skewed the average mark for this book.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2012 11:43:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2012 11:46:52 GMT
Surely it is doing a favour to possible purchasers to warn them that this is the same book as "These Foolish Things", on which the film is based. Publisher seems to be engaged in a cheap cashing-in trick. And actually Amazon's starring system is often used to point out pitfalls related to a particular item, and not solely its content. It would be helpful if with the details of publisher, number of pages etc Amazon made it absolutely clear that this is the book published previously as "These Foolish Things".
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 16:41:46 GMT
Gwyneth Edwards says:
I agree with Caroline. I read 'These Foolish things' years ago and when I saw the film of Marigold Hotel was struck by thhe similarities. I think the Kindle web site is deliberately deceiving and would like to hear Amazons views. I think we should get a refund to our accounts.
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 13:28:30 GMT
J. Matthews says:
It's a pity that this review of Amazon's ineptness and misleading marketing - unrelated to the quality of the book - should allow this book to suffer from being given 1 star.