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cliched, cinderella complex claptrap.,
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This review is from: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything (Paperback)god it bored me. it's full of cliches of india, indonesia and italy and their traditions and culture. wow!! the italians make great ice-cream. doh!! thanks for telling me something i didn't already know...
if the most that american women can aspire to is to be like her, then i am not filled with any hope for them whatsoever. thank goodness i am not an american - she makes it sound like that country is in a vacuum, totally unaware of all the rest of the world has to offer. the hardest part for her seems to be getting her head around the fact that outside of america there is another, different, wonderful world.
what kind of book is this meant to be? autobiography? travel guide? self-help manual? it's the autobiography of the most sanctimonious, spoiled brat-bore ever. what's so exceptional about travelling when you're fully supported financially? anyone could do that if they were in the same situation. i am soooooo not impressed, and soooooo annoyed and frustrated by her 'look how wonderful i am' tone.
oh the monotonous, tedious, endless attention to detail. and the repetition. I GOT THE POINT THE FIRST TIME. STOP TELLING ME THE SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.
it's not all bad. my favourite character has to be her husband. well done to him for extracting all the compensation he could out of her. it tells me an awful lot about her when even her ex-husband hated her guts by the end. no wonder she avoided going into any detail about her first marriage - this is probably where the truth about her really lies ...
don't waste your time reading this garbage. go and see the film - julia roberts is worth a couple of hours of anyone's time - and then go and get a life of your own in your own way.
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2010 22:14:40 BDT
book lover says:
As an American, I feel compelled to point out that if you hop over to Amazon US, you'll find tons of American women who can't stand her either. And on Amazon UK, there are loads of British women posting that they think the book's terrific. Poor taste transcends nationality. Though I am very sorry that it was my country who sic'ed her on the world.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2010 19:07:29 BDT
apologies for any offence i may have caused. a country that has produced great writers like alice walker, silvia plaith, emily dickinson et al can be forgiven for the occasional blip!
it really is dreadful, isn't it. i really cannot understand any woman who thinks it's great. x
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2010 22:55:24 BDT
book lover says:
Thank you--and no offence taken, except perhaps over the writing. Yes, it really IS dreadful!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2010 17:48:55 BDT
L. J. Dell says:
I loved your review, Robin, it made me laugh aloud. How anyone can be offended by your review I cannot imagine.
I'll take your advice.
Posted on 13 Sep 2010 15:45:25 BDT
Interesting comment, Robin, I nearly bought the book earlier on today and thought I'd google it first... my question is, the readers who enjoyed it, why did they? I'm trying desperately to get an objective review about this book and can't, it seems very mixed, either fantastic and inspirational or boring and cliche...*sighs*
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010 17:45:42 BDT
hello, personally i think this book is popular because it appeals to people with little imagination who have been nowhere, done nothing and think of nothing ... to be honest, i wouldn't waste my time or money on it as there is a lot of stuff out there that is far more worthy of attention. but if you send me your address - is there a way to send a personal message via this web page? - i will gladly send you my copy so you can make up your own mind.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010 17:48:23 BDT
Hi Robin, thanks for your reply :-), I would love to get in touch with you, how do we do that without publishing personal details on here...
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2010 08:38:41 BDT
Robin will you please get in touch, otherwise I will order the book... thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2010 17:45:35 BDT
i'm going to set up a new email address. i'll write it on here once i've done it - i'll do it now - and if amazon print it, email me your address and i'll send it to you
i PROMISE i am not a stalker or anything like that!
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2010 17:47:27 BDT
thanks Robin, very kind of you :)