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2.0 out of 5 stars Who cares?, 13 Jan. 2011
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Who cares? That was how I felt before I was even half way through this book. I had expected to enjoy it as I love travel books, especially where the reader gets to meet interesting characters. In this book, while I am sure the characters are interesting the readers have little chance to get to know them as the author inisists on holding centre stage throughout and presents only her views.
I found Elizabeth Gilbert incredibly self-induglant. I sympathise about the broken marriage (but it was her choice to walk away) but I found my sympathy ebbing as she began her paid-for travels and insisted on writing about herself and her feelings and thoughts while offering very little insight into the lives of other people. I don't like giving up on a book though I was sorely tempted to slam it shut and pass it on to a charity shop. However, I struggled through until the great search for spirituality, to 'find herself' or, as the title puts it, her search 'for everything' ended when she met a man who is both handsome and rich. Do 21st century women really believe finding a man is the be all and end all of life? I do have a husband, a very nice one, so am not writing from a bitter and twisted point of view but as a reader who feels badly let down by the way this book has been presented as something more than it is. Mary Smith author of No More Mulberries
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2011 10:11:36 BDT
Ruth Oakley says:
Please do not give plot spoilers. It is unfair both to the author and to readers to state how a book ends, even if you do not agree with it's resolution.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 18:32:59 BDT
I'm so sorry, Ruth - it's something I'm usually careful not to do.
Mary

Posted on 10 Aug 2011 20:51:00 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
Sounds to me as if I'd really do better to read something else anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 17:45:59 GMT
I'm not sure it's appropriate to use this forum to advertise your own book, whatever your views on the book you are reviewing!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 18:01:00 GMT
You are quite right. It is totally inappropriate. In fact I should not have put the review up in the first place as I don't usually comment on books I did not enjoy.

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