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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 her from enjoying anything At this point in the book I 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 ove 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 ife It s so hard for 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 Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict 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 ofiberal 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 Wow this book took me on a roller coaster ride I couldn t decide if I Mindful Yoga-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Simple Postures and Practices to Help Clients Achieve Emotional Balance loved it or hated it and it seemedike every few pages I d go 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 ike sitting at a party istening to someone tell a ong involved story all about themselves and you re alternately annoyed and fascinated and you want to get up and eave but she s just so entertaining that you keep telling yourself you HAMSTERS! A Fabulous Anthology (for Fabulous Raye) lleave 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 Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice left me really unsatisfied When I first started reading the book I couldn t help rolling my eyes and thinking Here we go another tale of a precious privileged woman who is unsatisfied with herife I stuck with it though and was charmed through the Italy section by Gilbert s humor and down to earth writing style Still for a woman who abandons everything in search of a true spiritual experience she Show Me How: Quilting: Quilting Storybook How-to-Quilt Instructions leaves most of the important uestions unanswered I felt that Gilbert projects herself so strongly onto every place and every person she encounters that I m not sure what she reallyearnt along the wayAs delightful as the Italy section was to read I felt ike she never really stepped out of herself to understand the country on its own terms and to move beyond the stereotype Despite it being a bit of a superficial assessment I have no problem with Gilbert associating Italy with pleasure There is enough beauty there to warrant itIt was her interpretation of what it means to open oneself to pleasure that bothered me and seemed very narrow For Gilbert this consisted mostly of overindulging in foods and allowing herself to put on weight It Don t bother with this book It took me nearly a year to finish it I was so disgusted by the writer s apparent ack 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 finish it hoping all the while there would be some redemptive insight or at خداوند الموت: حسن صباح 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 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 toearn 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 the globe into a new relationship with Girl in the Blue Coat 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 theikes of Richard from Texas who seems a cross between a father figure and object of flirtation Ultimately she falls in Hunter Kiss 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 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 toook 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 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 it I happened to read somewhere that she "has recently bought a church in Manhattan which she is converting "recently bought a church in Manhattan which she is converting her personal Doctor Sleep 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 I found this book unbelievably phoneyI hated this so much that I got up early this morning to finish it and gave my copy Ok I admit I still have about 30 pages to go which I will 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 peopleove this book for what I consider personal reasons therefore I tread Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure 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 soikable I ve read other readers reviews in which she was described as so funny and Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) like a girl we d allove to know and have to tell you I didn t feel the This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World love She came off to me asofty self absorbed and needy I felt ike she wanted to make herself a vi. With the help of a and needy I felt ike she wanted to make herself a vi. With the help of a guru 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 The Organ Grinders 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 toive in imitation of society’s ideals It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change. .
At way Leaving her audience only to guess it was so horrible she had to eave 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 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body little time to solve the puzzle of our ownives before it s too Silver in the Wood 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 got just aittle too proud of herself I grew so tired of her boasting about how all her decisions ed to a higher plan of consciousness and a new appreciation for ife and a new understanding of the universe at arge And Bali was even worse I was hoping the ittle old guy didn t remember her Didn t that whole episode just turn out a The Second Cure little too cutely And then she fell off her bike She met her doctor friend 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 aittle rhyming couplet of a Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities 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 wouldike to The Sorcerer's Apprentice learnessons that most of us will have Eagle's Gate learned far earlier inife before interesting World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi lessons presented themselves To uote a phrase from the Italy 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 aboutife 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 ife The author s observations about ife 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 Who Is Muhammad Ali? life She never really seems to glean anything authentic or deeply affecting from any of her experiences And because she has gained nothing she has nothing to offer The reader is frustrated and unable to connect with her on anyevel This memoir not only Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything lacks readability itacks 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 ands 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 ong journey she is still unable to 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 a good enough writer to be able to cleverly disguise her childlike observations in beautifully crafted anguage I would rather read the trail journals of a young backpacker any day At east they are real After reading the book I wondered how it found its way to the bestseller ist 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 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 t forget to eat "Pray And Love When You "and ove when you back I will 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 ive with intention ive 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 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 ost 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 funny it s really hard to hold that against Gilbert in the endThe plot goes something ike 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 The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World 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 beenonging for 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 four months traveling in Australia Just Tricycle (HISTOIRE) like Gilbert during her first weeks in Italy I was totally elated by my freedom But about two weeks in theoneliness came around and so did the anxiety My typical day started with this inner monologue I have to get to the museum before noon so I can fit in the sea kayaking trip at 2 And then I have to rush to the grocery store to get food to make dinner in the stinking hostel kitchen because god forbid 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 failed at traveling In retrospect Australia was a turning point in "My Young Life I Had "young ife I had idea that this go go go attitude was how I had been iving for years No wonder people thought I was uptight Relaxing had never come easy to me and it never will but I m getting a Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell lot better atetting go and not worrying about seeing every Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts last museum so to speakGilbert ruminates on this topic uite a bit in her book Her first moment of true unfettered happiness comes when she poaches some eggs and eats some asparagus on the floor of her apartment So simple but so fulfillingIn India she writes thatife if you keep chasing it so hard will drive you to death Gilbert is Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind living in an Ashram a place where people come. S Gilbert took a radical step In order to give herself the time and space to 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 pleasureearning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty three happiest pounds of her ife India was for the art of devotion and. 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 Rudram in Tamil logical step which is apparently to fill her expansive apartment with children and plunges into an impotent depression Without even getting drunkOne night whilst bawling on the bathroom floor a habit she has 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 toeave 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 ong 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 ust s stagnant wellBut divorce negotiations do drag on KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! 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 melancholy gets old fast Incidentally if you find a chap who doesike 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 given 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 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 fact your own responsibility to make yourself happy Being happy without being with a man does not trivialise ove 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 ess 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 ook ike Susan Sontag in gumboots compared to this bookIn EPL the author s 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 Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION 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 for sweet knit one purl one Christeave this book on the shelfPost Script I m not anti American I ived there and many of the best people I know are Americans I have however noticed a peculiar enthusiasm for Godliness in the and of the free 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 Mesagerul 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 foreaving 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 Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens life changing tragedy You have never felt paralyzed by fear anger or disappointment You have never had to go through a healing process that seems endless You have never feltost That s 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 than getting 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 guilty If you are enjoying an ice cream sundae meeting your friends for a night out or a good work out you are being self indulgent My guess is that those of you who didn t find work out you are being self indulgent My guess is that those of you who didn t find value in this book are unhappy with "your own ife perhaps you should be a "own ife Perhaps you should be a self indulgent yourself What I m about to say must be wrong because I couldn t get 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 What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers library was horrified I checked it out given his ACLU offensive intimacy with my record and tastes and yesike others I was embarrassed to have EPL in my possessionBecauseWhat IS this MOVEMENT of ily 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 get to interiorize Country I as a metaphor for your personal potential If your interior journey needs a bunch of eisure 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 time 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 th. A celebrated writer's irresistible candid and elouent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure spiritual devotion and what she really wanted out of How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar 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 grief and confusion She went through a divorce a crushing depression another failedove and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be To recover from all thi. ,