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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