100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate fEat Pray Love is the monologue of a Neurotic American Princess Liz in her mid thirties Theirst The Oxford New Greek Dictionary few chapters background the rest of the book a confessional that tells how she came toind her 8 year marriage distasteful realised she wasn t keen on the next logical step which is apparently to The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece fill her expansive apartment with children and plunges into an impotent depression Without even getting drunkOne night whilst bawling on the bathroomloor a habit she has grown The New Job Security fond of she is struck by alakey attack of twattery Being an American this experience manifests itself as The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) finding some kind of God or thereabouts Naturally she resolves to leave her husband Her husband isn t keen on this development and Lizinds that strangely he takes poorly to having his heart shattered into a million piecesHusband behaves badly and our protagonist The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis feels hurt and sad But no matter because before long Liz hooks up with the sexy exciting yoga chanting David who takes aive minute break The Jumbee from his headlong charge towardloaty Thai To Helvetica and Back fisherman s pants a thin ponytail and male pattern baldness to rattle her well bred bones Liz drinks deeplyrom lust s stagnant wellBut divorce negotiations do drag on leaving Liz once again bawling on the bathroom Simple Art of Greatness floor This time however it s David s bathroomloor And David it seems is unimpressed by such displays It seems men are interested in women Where the Heart Waits for their uniue and interesting ualities and unless you are Bob Dylan melancholy gets oldast Incidentally if you ind 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 riend 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 given to A Burglar's Guide to the City fawning excesses that one might expectrom 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 get 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 get 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 The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth fact your own responsibility to make yourself happy Being happy without being with a man does not trivialise love You shouldind challenges entertainment American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago 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 menelt so incomplete without women When did is become acceptable or men to be our projects When did it become acceptable or 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 Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul feminism a crippling blow by jack knifing the trailer this morning I look like Susan Sontag in gumboots compared to this bookIn EPL the author s only explanationor 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 get this book get a Golden Retriever Or barnacles Or maybe a Golden Retriever with barnacles But Spain in Mind 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 peculiar enthusiasmor Godliness in the land of the The Inheritance: Part 1 free This was one of those books I will read over and over again All those cynics out there who criticize Gilbertor writing a too cutesy memoir that seems beyond belief and who claim that she is selfish The Curious World Of Christmas for leaving her responsibility are clearly missing the point First she did not write the What I m about to say must be wrong because I couldn t get through this book I tried And Iailed 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 given 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 ancy educations working themselves into identity crises that they think can be solved by a new orm of coloniasm This hyper eminized adventure travel Subaltern poaching or 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 or excess India or asceticism Indonesia or the middle path Ladies Country I is not your personal terrain or self discovery You don t get to interiorize Country I as a metaphor or 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 give this book any consumerist mentality was so self important and so priveleged that I just couldn t make myself give this book any WHY I cringe to think why so many women want to eel 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 to guess it was so horrible dismisses how it ever came to be that way Leaving her audience only to guess it was so horrible had to leave and The Magnesium Factor 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 difficultor 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 amily to lee to the Himalayas to meditate we wouldn t be calling it a spiritual journeywe would call it irresponsibility India This when she got just a little too proud of herself I grew so tired of her boasting about how all her decisions led to a higher plan of consciousness and a new appreciation or life and a new understanding of the universe at large And Bali was even worse I was hoping the little old guy didn t remember her Didn t that whole episode just turn out a little too cutely And then she ell off her bike She met her doctor riend and bought her a house And met an old guy and then she did things to herself And then she slept with the old guy 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 ar earlier in life before interesting lessons presented have learned Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir far earlier in life before interesting lessons presented To uote a phraserom the A celebrated writer's 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 The Yankee Club feeling happy andulfilled she was consumed with panic grief and confusion She went through a divorce a crushing depression another ailed love and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be To recover rom all thi.
Elizabeth Gilbert Ô 4 Free readHe whole thing WARNING LOOONG REVIEW AHEAD I didn t hate Eat Pray Love but it left me really unsatisfied When I The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day first started reading the book I couldn t help rolling my eyes and thinking Here we go another tale of a precious privileged woma Don t bother with this book It took me nearly a year toinish 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 grief 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 Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design 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 great detail on herlirtations 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 The Magic Cake Shop farcical She does not have aeminist bone in her body shocking or a woman who is purportedly on a uest or self discovery after what she describes as a devastaing divorce She seems to have absolutely no capacity or 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 lirting her way across the globe into a new relationship with little to no 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 Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability from Texas who seems a cross between aather igure and object of lirtation Ultimately she American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series 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 infectionrom 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 The Mother Zone fashionable Western obsession with all things Eastern particularly Buddhism and the ashram culture That a Westerner could go to India on her spiritual uest and have absolutely no awareness of 1 her 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 the grand scheme of things that bad everyone s suffering certainly has its own validity However I was unable to muster much empathyor 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 rom page one I am sorry I spent the time and energy trying to inish 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 The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish for a motion picture and that she stands to make even money than she already has on this insipid memoir Iound this book unbelievably phoneyI hated this so much that I got up early this morning to inish it and gave my copy to the library and honestly I m not too proud of thatTo me it just elt so insincere that there s no chance I would have made it past the second chapter had it not been The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for book club obligationsI enjoyed her writing style but I absolutely could not warm to her at all To beair I do think she would be an excellent travel writerThe section on India was agony to read I have met enough people Sicilian Lives freshly returnedrom Indian ashrams to know that they often seem a tad self absorbed and I also suspect that they really only get up at 3am so that they have even me time She didn t do much to alter my opinionHonestly this woman meditated longer
harder and bluer than anyone else has past or present She won the meditation competition that no oneand bluer than anyone else has past or present She won the meditation competition that no one actually having Possibly it was not enlightenment that she Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art found but simply that sheinally became completely self absorbed Easy mistake to make Ok I admit I still have about 30 pages to go which I will get around to reading soon need a break Alice Oliver from the book though and which I highly doubt will prompt me to change my 2 star rating I know many people love this bookor 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 The Protestant Temperament found the author not so likable I ve read other readers reviews in which she was described as sounny and like a girl we d all love to know and have to tell you I didn t eel the love She came off to me as lofty self absorbed and needy I elt 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 The Radiant Child feel that she kind of bashed the ex a little when she was seemingly the majority of the reasonor 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 got the divorce ball rolling so I can t help but assume she was unfaithul So it was hard to have sympathy or her when she got 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 THATNot saying it s right just saying that lifeSecondly in her search of spirituality I couldn t help but ind some of it a little The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data faretched And could she have drawn out her stay at the Ashram in India any longer or with mind numbing snooooze inducing
Detail I Found MyselfI ound myself 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 avorite part of India ironically was Richard From Texas So I suppose that just sums up Tempting Eden for us what I 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 herriends Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, for instance and am perplexed at how Iind the author so unlikable but somehow she has such cool people in her life And she was SOMETIMES Talking to Dragons funny with little sarcastic bits that caught me off guard 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 twic. With the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboyrom Texas she embarked on Three Times the Love 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 alsoell 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 The Drowning Man 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 needor change. ,
Taly section of this book cross the street if you dare to even glance 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 The Bride of Willow Creek few passages in this book that reveal any real sense of transformation in her life She never really seems to glean anything authentic or deeply affectingrom any of her experiences And because she has gained nothing she has nothing to offer The reader is GREAT INVESTMENT, THE 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 Sheails 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 gain true insight or wisdom rom 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 a good 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 ound 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 The Lively Art of Writing from the printing of a trade paperback In hard cover this book only 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 now go travel and don torget to eat pray and love when you come back I will get you the best editor and we will both eel enlightened So shallow I cringe I cringe even or the women that buy into such shallownessIf you really want to live with intention live your journey here and now YOUR here and nowThis book gets Zero stars I am embarrassed to read this book in public The title and the lowery 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 alling or this memoir Yes Gilbert is emotionally self indulgent are we supposed to eel bad that she lost both houses in the divorce annoying she s just tickled when she 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 damn unny it s really hard to hold that against Gilbert in the endThe plot goes something like this A 30 year old writer has everything she wants including several successful books a husband and two houses When she realizes she doesn t want to have kids and that she s not happy after all she has a breakdown and leaves her husband In the process she realizes she has no identity Boo hooBut instead Gilbert decides to pack up and visit Italy India and Indonesia three places she hopes will ultimately bring her the inner balance she s been longing or And on the surface this book is a really entertaining travel essay Gilbert has this wonderfully uirky way of describing everything A piece of pizza a gelato And the people It s on her travels that I start to identify with Gilbert When I was 21 I spent our months traveling in Australia Just like Gilbert during her irst weeks in Italy I was totally elated by my reedom But about two weeks in the loneliness came
around and so did the anxiety My typical day started with this inner monologue I have to getand so did the anxiety My typical day started with this inner monologue I have to get the museum before noon so I can it in the sea kayaking trip at 2 And then I have to rush to the grocery store to get ood to make Dinner In The Stinking in the stinking kitchen because god orbid I go out to eat causeIHAVETOMAKETHEMONEYLASTFORTHREEMOREMONTHSYikes How I envied the Eurotrash who could just sit by the hostel pool and read all day But if I didn t do everything then I would have Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) failed at traveling In retrospect Australia was a turning point in my young life I had no idea that this go go go attitude was how I had been livingor years No wonder people thought I was uptight Relaxing had never come easy to me and it never will but I m getting a lot better at letting go and not worrying about seeing every last museum so to speakGilbert ruminates on this topic uite a bit in her book Her Serenity Role Playing Game first moment of true unfettered happiness comes when she poaches some eggs and eats some asparagus on theloor of her apartment So simple but so Save the Cupcake! fulfillingIn India she writes that life if you keep chasing it so hard will drive you to death Gilbert is living in an Ashram a place where people come to meditate and experience divinity She s not very good at it and she wonders if all the energy she s spent chasing the next experience has kept herrom enjoying anything At this point in the book I Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, find myself wondering if Gilbert wants to be there at all Perhaps going to an Ashram was the thing she thought she should do not what she wanted to do I sure as hell wouldn tWhat I really love about Eat Pray Love is that it s all about asking the simple uestion what do I want a uestion that would have come in handy in Australia and numerous other times in my life It s so hardor some people including me and it really shouldn t be I think that when you can honestly answer that uestion No I don t want to go to that discussion on post modernism even though I realize that I should be interested in it and it would make me a lot cooler in your eyes Really I just want to watch back to back episodes of Scrubs you re well on your way to realizing your own identity and being ok with whoever that person is 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 or the consumption of jaded rich white Americans and this book is a monument to that sort of arrogance and ignorance 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 Everyseemed like every pages I d go rom thinking Gilbert was delightfully witty to thinking this was the most horribly self absorbed person to ever set oot 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 ascinated and you want to 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 S Gilbert took a radical step In order to give herself the time and space to The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev find out who she really was and what she really wanted she got 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 gaining the twenty three happiest pounds of her life India wasor the art of devotion and. .