What I m about to say must be wrong because I couldn t et through this book I tried And I failed So I have NO BUSINESS WRITING THIS Don t read itA cousin recommended EPL and I thought it would teach me something about the book market My secret boyfriend at the public library was horrified I checked it out iven his ACLU offensive intimacy with my record and tastes and yes like others I was embarrassed to have EPL in my possessionBecauseWhat IS this MOVEMENT of lily white bourgeois women with fancy educations working themselves into identity crises that they think can be solved by a new form of coloniasm This hyper feminized adventure travel Subaltern poaching for the 21st century Taker mentality as spiritual uestThese people need their own version of Outside magazine or some shit Oh yeah they already do It s called the GAIAM catalogYeah We re talking some serious dilettante tourism taking entire countries as theme spas Italy for excess India for asceticism Indonesia for the middle path Ladies Country I is not your personal terrain for self discovery You don t et to interiorize Country I as a metaphor for your personal potential If your interior journey needs a bunch of leisure time and poor countries to be realized maybe you re asking the wrong uestionsThe consumerist mentality was so self important and so priveleged that I just couldn t make myself The Magic Question give this book any time This was one of those books I will read over and over again All those cynics out there who criticize Gilbert for writing a too cutesy memoir that seems beyond belief and who claim that she is selfish for leaving her responsibility are clearly missing the point First she did not write the book to inspire you She wrote it as her own memoir you can agree or disagree with how she went about her enlightenment but you cannot judge her for how she found happiness It is her memoir not yours You can achieve enlightement by whatever means you want Second to call her irresponsible for leaving responsibilities behind is absurd She was in an unhappy marriage You cannot force yourself to be happy I applaud her for doing something that many people are afraid to do She had no children and so the responsibilities she neglected were minimal I also suspect that those of you who didn t enjoy the book could not relate to it You have never suffered a life changing tragedy You have never felt paralyzed by fear anger or disappointment You have never had too through a healing process that seems endless You have never felt lost That s A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates great for you but unfortunately that makes it hard for you to relate to this memoir Finally those of you who found her story too unbelievable have probably never felt the joy of traveling the world There is no better way to discover yourself thanetting out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in someone else s Traveling the world is not self indulgent If doing what we want to or enjoy doing is self indulgent then we are all uilty If you are enjoying an ice cream sundae meeting your friends for a night out or a ood work out you are being self indulgent My uess is that those of you who didn t find the value in this book are unhappy with your own life Perhaps you should be a little self indulgent yourself Eat Pray Love is the monologue of a Neurotic American Princess Liz in her mid thirties The first few chapters background the rest of the book a confessional that tells how she came to find her 8 year marriage distasteful realised she wasn t keen on the next logical step which is apparently to fill her expansive apartment with children and plunges into an impotent depression Without even etting drunkOne night whilst bawling on the bathroom floor a habit she has An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism grown fond of she is struck by a flakey attack of twattery Being an American this experience manifests itself as finding some kind of God or thereabouts Naturally she resolves to leave her husband Her husband isn t keen on this development and Liz finds that strangely he takes poorly to having his heart shattered into a million piecesHusband behaves badly and our protagonist feels hurt and sad But no matter because before long Liz hooks up with the sexy exciting yoga chanting David who takes a five minute break from his headlong charge toward floaty Thai fisherman s pants a thin ponytail and male pattern baldness to rattle her well bred bones Liz drinks deeply from lust s stagnant wellBut divorce negotiations do drag on leaving Liz once again bawling on the bathroom floor This time however it s David s bathroom floor And David it seems is unimpressed by such displays It seems men are interested in women for their uniue and interesting ualities and unless you are Bob Dylan melancholyets old fast Incidentally if you find a chap who does like this constant emo drama then runHere s what really bothers me about this book Eat Pray Love is a New York Times bestseller It was recommended to me by a friend a woman who is a successful publisher in her own right According to her this is the best book she has read this year It s been a short yearIn short she isn t iven to fawning excesses that one might expect from anyone who doesn t think this book should have been printed on softer paper I think 3 ply would about do it So I was surprised by her ringing endorsementI am told you see that women et this book Which means they sympathise and understand it I bet its on Oprah s Fucking Book ListWith this in mind here s what I will say when I am invited to Oprah s Fucking Book clubfeminist rantWomen You will et to the end of this book and may still be under the illusion that it is not your responsibility to make yourself happy Whereas it is in fact your own responsibility to make yourself happy Being happy without being with a man does not trivialise love You should find challenges entertainment fun excitement passion the thrill of mastery and satisfaction of achievement through your own doings not who you are doing Love might enhance this It cannot substitute thisCan you imagine if men felt so incomplete without women When did is become acceptable for men to be our projects When did it become acceptable for women to be defined by their men as if something less than this arrangement denigrates the sanctity of a relationship Fuck until I read this book I thought I d dealt feminism a crippling blow by jack knifing the trailer this morning I look like Susan Sontag in umboots compared to this BookIn EPL The Author EPL the author only explanation for her pathetic simpering twattery is that she is as affectionate as a cross between a Golden Retriever and a barnacle This is supposed to tell us why her sex life resembles pollen in a strong breezeTo her and all other Oprah book clubbers who Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences get this booket a Golden Retriever Or barnacles Or maybe a Golden Retriever with barnacles But for sweet knit one purl one Christ leave this book on the shelfPost Script I m not anti American I lived there and many of the best people I know are Americans I have however noticed A celebrated people I know are Americans I have however noticed A celebrated irresistible candid and elouent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure spiritual devotion and what she really wanted out of life Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty she went through an early onslaught midlife crisis She had everything an educated ambitious American woman was supposed to want a husband a house a successful career But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled she was consumed with panic rief and confusion She went through a divorce a crushing depression another failed love and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be To recover from all thi.
It I happened to read somewhere that she has recently bought a church in Manhattan which she is converting into her personal living space And this is enlightenment I am sickened that Paramount has bought the rights to the book for a motion picture and that she stands to make even money than she already has on this insipid memoir Wow this book took me on a roller coaster ride I couldn t decide if I loved it or hated it and it seemed like every few pages I d o from thinking Gilbert was delightfully witty to thinking this was the most horribly self absorbed person to ever set foot on the earth In the end the overall effect was rather like sitting at a party listening to someone tell a long involved story all about themselves and you re alternately annoyed and fascinated and you want to Between Silences get up and leave but she s just so entertaining that you keep telling yourself you ll leave in the next minute and so you end up sticking through the whole thing WARNING LOOONG REVIEW AHEAD I didn t hate Eat Pray Love but it left me really unsatisfied When I first started reading the book I couldn t help rolling my eyes and thinking Here weo another tale of a precious privileged woman who is unsatisfied with her life I stuck with it though and wa Shallow self indulgent and mired in the sort of liberal American obsession with oriental exoticism that is uniuely offensive because it is treated as enobling by its purveyors She treats the rest of the world as though it exists for the consumption of jaded rich white Americans and this book is a monument to that sort of arrogance and ignorance I am embarrassed to read this book in public The title and the flowery pasta y cover screams I m a book that contains the relentless rants of a neurotic 34 year old womanSo I m afraid that the strangers on the Metro will think I identify with herBut in the comfort of my own bed I am totally falling for this memoir Yes Gilbert is emotionally self indulgent are we supposed to feel bad that she lost both houses in the divorce annoying she s just tickled when she Betrayals gains 23 pounds after eating her way through Italy and often really immature oh The endless endless cryingThen again this is a memoir and when the writing is just so clever so hospitable so d WHY I cringe to think why so many women want to feel that this was a true spiritual journey It was a pre paid journey The woman starts off with telling us over and over about how painful her divorce was however she dismisses how it ever came to be that way Leaving her audience only touess it was so horrible she had to leave and find herselfWhen asked in an interview if dumping her husband and pushing off wasn t selfish here is what Ms Gilbert had to say What is it about the American obsession with productivity and responsibility that makes it so difficult for us to allow ourselves a little time to solve the puzzle of our own lives before it s too late This statement alone tells so much A responsibility towards a marriage and spouse is considered an unwanted obsession and one s own pursuit of happiness supercedes everything else If a man decided to dump his wife and family to flee to the Himalayas to meditate we wouldn t be calling it a spiritual journeywe would call it irresponsibility India This when she Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations got just a little too proud of herself Irew so tired of her boasting about how all her decisions led to a higher plan of consciousness and a new appreciation for life and a new understanding of the universe at large And Bali was even worse I was hoping the little old Bat Ode guy didn t remember her Didn t that whole episode just turn out a little too cutely And then she fell off her bike She met her doctor friend and bought her a house And met an olduy and then she did things to herself And then she slept with the old uy And of course she s better at that than any of us because she is now enlightened And then she made a little rhyming couplet of a life in Australia America Bali and Brazil Double cringeItaly The author s angst and shallow self discovery and pretend real people met with the express purpose of reflecting what she would like to learn lessons that most of us will have learned far earlier in life before interesting lessons presented themselves To uote A Phrase From The Italy Section Of This Book Cross phrase from The Italy Section Of This Book Cross Street If You Italy section of this book cross street if you to even lance in a bookstore window and entertain a thought of buying this book Elizabeth Gilbert has no ideas about life Not only does she have nothing to teach she has nothing to say This book is so vicarious that it reveals a profound and deeply disturbing ignorance about the complexities of real life The author s observations about life are simplistic and her insights so embarrassingly undeveloped and unsophisticated that she comes across as a detached observer There "are very few passages in this book that reveal any real sense of transformation in her "very few passages in this book that reveal any real sense of transformation in her She never really seems to lean anything authentic or deeply affecting from any of her experiences And because she has ained nothing she has nothing to offer The reader is frustrated and unable to connect with her on any level This memoir not only lacks readability it lacks any real humanity She is right when she says that she is not a traveler she does not have the heart or spirit of a true traveler because she somehow remains deeply unaffected She is merely a tourist a spectator barely scratching the surface of the lands she traverses the people she encounters and the experiences of what it means to be human She fails to see the poverty that surrounds her or maybe she sees it She definitely never writes about it maybe because it is not part of the road to any enlightenmentIn spite of her year long journey she is still unable to Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War gain true insight or wisdom from her pain and struggles There is no profoundness in her journey whether it is personal or physical This book is just a simple walk through a simple mind She is not even aood enough writer to be able to cleverly disguise her childlike observations in beautifully crafted language I would rather read the trail journals of a young backpacker any day At least they are real After reading the book I wondered how it found its way to the bestseller list I was perplexed by its popularity So I did some research As it turns out Eat Pray Love is an ideal industry example of how a publishing company can create a best seller from the printing of a trade paperback In hard cover this book only Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French generated mediocre book sales in the year in was published However someone at Penguin adopted it as a darling and created a hard core campaign to sell the trade paperbackWell when they said here s 200 000 dollars Elizabeth nowo travel and don t forget to eat pray and love when you come back I will Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America get you the best editor and we will both feel enlightened So shallow I cringe I cringe even for the women that buy into such shallownessIf you really want to live with intention live your journey here and now YOUR here and nowThis bookets Zero stars. With the help of a native uru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration In Bali she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way unexpectedly An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self discovery Eat Pray Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
read & download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Elizabeth GilbertPeculiar enthusiasm for Godliness in the land of the free Ok I admit I still have about 30 pages to o which I will Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity get around to reading soon need a break from the book though and which I highly doubt will prompt me to change my 2 star rating I know many people love this book for what I consider personal reasons therefore I tread lightly so as to not come off as critical of people s personal opinions rather just the book itself First I found the author not so likable I ve read other readers reviews in which she was described as so funny and like airl we d all love to know and have to tell you I didn t feel the love She came off to me as lofty self absorbed and needy I felt like she wanted to make herself a victim of her divorce and her depression She was so vague about some aspects of the decline of her relationship with her ex husband as well as with some details about the divorce which led me to believe that she really did a number on him but then she whined throughout the book about how HE was the one making the divorce so difficult I don t mean to sound judgmental of how she coped with it because I can t relate to that and it would be unfair of me but I just couldn t help but feel that she kind of bashed the ex a little when she was seemingly the majority of the reason for their split Plus she acted like she is the only person in the world to suffer through a divorce yet she was totally in love with another man less than a month after she realized she wanted out of her marriage and her account isn t clear as to how long after her realization she actually Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism got the divorce ball rolling so I can t help but assume she was unfaithul So it was hard to have sympathy for her when sheot hysterical over the ex disagreeing about settlement details Um I would think that happens when you blindside your spouse with a divorce reuest Not saying it s right just saying that s lifeSecondly in her search of spirituality I couldn t help but find some of it a little far fetched And could she have drawn out her stay at the Ashram in India any longer or with mind numbing snooooze inducing detail I found myself skipping entire paragraphs at a time and not just because I was in a bit of a hurry to read the book before book club but because she bored the hell out of me My favorite part of India ironically was Richard From Texas So I suppose that just sums up for us what I Boggs: A Comedy of Values got out of the India sectionBut I won t leave us all on a totally negative note I enjoyed parts of the book some of them thoroughly I loved her friends for instance and am perplexed at how I find the author so unlikable but somehow she has such cool people in her life And she was SOMETIMES funny with little sarcastic bits that caught me offuard and made me laugh aloud When she wasn t being overly wordy I loved reading her descriptions of Italy India and most especially Indonesia And of course who didn t drool over her description of that pizza in Naples YUM I read that part twice I found this book unbelievably phoneyI hated this so much that I Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago got up early this morning to finish it andave my copy to the library and honestly I m not too proud of thatTo me it just felt so insincere that there s no chance I would have made it past the second chapter had it not been for book club obligationsI enjoyed her writing style but I absolutely could not warm to her at all To be fair I do think she would be an excellent travel writerThe section on India was agony to read I have met enough people freshly returned from Indian ashrams to know that they often seem a tad self absorbed and I also suspect that they really only et up at 3am so they have even me time She
didn t do much to my opinionHonestly this woman longer harder bluer than anyonet do much to my opinionHonestly this woman longer harder and bluer than anyone has past or present She won the meditation competition that no one was actually having Possibly it was not enlightenment that she found but simply that she finally became completely self absorbed Easy mistake to make Don t bother with this book It took me nearly a year to finish it I was so disgusted by the writer s apparent lack of awareness of her own privilege her trite observations and the unbelievably shallow way in which she represents a journey initiated by rief that I initially couldn t bear to read beyond Italy Like others who have written here I made myself pick the book up again because so many people have raved about it and I made myself finish it hoping all the while there would be some redemptive insight or at least some small kernel of originality or wisdom I was sorely disappointed Liz is so obsessed with male attention throughout the book in every section she expounds in Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago great detail on her flirtations with men many of whom seem to take care of her or compliment her on her wit beauty or charm that it makes her self described uest to learn to be alone seem absurd and farcical She does not have a feminist bone in her body shocking for a woman who is purportedly on a uest for self discovery after what she describes as a devastaing divorce She seems to have absolutely no capacity for self awareness or reflection in this regard and her superficial treatment of this and other aspects of her psyche bored me to tears Basically this memoir accounts her flirting her way across thelobe into a new relationship with little to no Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) growth in self awareness that I can perceive Even in India her purported time of inward reflection she attaches her herself to the likes of Richard from Texas who seems a cross between a father figure and object of flirtation Ultimately she falls in love with a man much older than she who seems to dote on her in uite a paternalistic way When she spends pages talking about her bladder infection from too much sex I have to uestion what her intentions are in writing about this Why do we need to know about her bladder infection What does it add to our understanding of her uest To me it says only Look I m desirable Not so interesting Additionally her brand of spirituality certainly does not come close to transcending the fashionable Western obsession with all things Eastern particularly Buddhism and the ashram culture That a Westerner couldo to India on her spiritual uest and have absolutely no awareness of 1 her Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture gross appropriation of another culture s religion and 2 the abject poverty that surrounds her is inexusable She oozes privilege at every turn and that privilege remains unacknowledged and unexamined I was willing to look past my initial reaction that the end of a relationship is not in therand scheme of things that bad everyone s suffering certainly has its own validity However I was unable to muster much empathy for Elizabeth Gilbert despite my attempts to overcome my disgust at her shallow preoccupation Ultimately this woman had nothing to teach me other than that I should trust my own instincts to abandon a book when I have such a strong reaction of dislike from page one I am sorry I spent the time and energy trying to finish. S Gilbert took a radical step In order to One Touch of Scandal give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted sheot rid of her belongings uit her job and undertook a yearlong journey around the world all alone Eat Pray Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well In Rome she studied the art of pleasure learning to speak Italian and Bulletproof Feathers gaining the twenty three happiest pounds of her life India was for the art of devotion and.