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2.0 out of 5 stars how did this sell 8 million????, 26 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything (Paperback)
I heard this was a terrific book passed like gold between fellow women of a certain age. All I can say is that the marketing department should get a very large Christmas bonus...

I tried to read it, honestly I did. In the end, after forcing myself to read meticulously through the firsts 150 pages, I did the unusual for me and flicked through huge boring sections of it until the last 30. For the life of me I can not understand why this book is so popular. It is SO derivative, and ridiculous. I can see that the writer knows how to do research here and there, and there is a fairly impressive bit of background and history thrown in, and also, she knows how to construct a novel which is what stops this yawn from being merely a rant.

But still!!

So she got fat while eating, no expense spared in Italy for three months. Then went to some reclusive ashram place in India and tried to be empty of all but herself - this is where I started skimming, to leave the poor woman alone! Then, literally, our poor tragic heroine rents the sweetest little place in Bali and "hangs out" for the final three months, talking to some old faith healer she had met on a previous magazine assignment, going t to various parties and get-togethers and then meeting the predictable dark handsome stranger.

What a total indulgent luxury!! All the while, this book is pierced with the agony of her miserable divorce. and, just in case we think her too shallow, she manages to raise an undisclosed sum of money to buy a piece of land for a single mother in Bali who happens to be a herbal healer of some sort. This plot is more or less disclosed on the back of the book before you start reading it, so don't worry, I have not given anything much away.

I know women who have gone through all this emotional pain and had to just get on with normal life at the same time, no breaks, no meditation, just bills, and sick family, and day jobs they hate, yet need to do. Yet, after a year or two, they come out of it too. WOW! What a miracle...
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2010 06:54:19 BDT
Totally agree with your review - pointless book

Posted on 13 May 2011 12:05:39 BDT
Spiral says:
Loved your comment re the marketing department sdeleng. I thought it was mindless pap by a spoilt baby.

Posted on 23 Jul 2011 15:46:56 BDT
B. Cable says:
I couldn't agree more. The entire book revolves around a rich, spoiled American, who indulges
her every fantasy and whim in a vain attempt to lose her guilt over receiving every single thing that she ever wanted.......Yuck!

Posted on 29 Jul 2011 00:20:25 BDT
hello sdeleng,

I agree...i do find the book quite self indulgent and all too American..when she visits Angkor can see clearly through her not being wise or empathatic enough to other people's suffering... but there are saving graces. Elizabeth Gilbert is very obviously super intelligent..spoilt maybe... but she does all these things because it got her on her way to recovery. Little things like reading Italian words out loud...and taking a well earned few years out.

Anyway I am here to say, I loved what you said about ordinary woman, having to do their day job, put on a smile, make-up, take care of family while they go through a shattering divorce. God bless them.

Posted on 6 Aug 2011 16:19:05 BDT
I think you are missing the beauty of the book,, it is a very spiritual book,, biy hey,every body likes something different,

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011 17:04:54 BDT
Skeadugenga says:
"and taking a well earned few years out."

Hardly "well earned". Privileged maybe. I agree with the previous comments - this is a woman with too much time for self absorption.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011 17:28:32 BDT
'Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins you can't imagine the smell.' Robert Byrne

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 13:12:15 GMT
Zuzicka says:
I can not believe, I am reading right now and it's a really funny book. It's a story of a one woman, how she dealth with her life etc. Yes she had the means to do what she did and she says it as well in a book, she knows she is lucky to have a chance to deal with things this way. Everybody has their own journey and I wonder why some people are not able to see is just for what it is. She does not come across spoilt or above anybody. One reader says that some women don't have a chance to do what she did, it does not mean she is wrong in what she does, what should she not have done it all, becasue others can not? Is there an unfortunate bit of envy here? I guess some people will understand what it is to listen to oneself and take a journey others won't. Good luck to all!

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 11:15:54 GMT
Sami J says:
So re-assuring to see that others have also found this book completely and utterly pointless.
To Zuzicka : your comment about "envy"...!! are you kidding. From what?

Posted on 9 Feb 2012 15:26:36 GMT
M. Callaghan says:
I don't particularly envy her or worry about her being spoiled. If it were funny or interesting I wouldn't mind it but like the other reviewer I got extremely bored with her self involvement at the Indian part and had to skip through it.
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