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 logical step which is apparently to fill her expansive apartment with children and plunges into an impotent depression Without even etting drunkOne night whilst bawling on the bathroom floor a habit she has rown 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 to leave 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 long 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 lust s stagnant wellBut divorce negotiations do drag on 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 ets old fast Incidentally if you find a chap who does like 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 The Craving 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 womenet 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 et 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 love 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 less 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 look like Susan Sontag in umboots 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 life resembles pollen in a strong breezeTo her and all other Oprah book clubbers who Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove get this booket a Golden Retriever Or barnacles Or maybe a Golden Retriever with barnacles But for sweet knit one purl one Christ leave this book on the shelfPost Script I m not anti American I lived there and many of the best people I know are Americans I have however noticed a peculiar enthusiasm for Godliness in the land 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 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 for leaving 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 responsibilities she neglected were minimal I also suspect that those of who didn t enjoy the book could not relate to it You have never suffered a life changing tragedy You have never felt paralyzed by fear anger or disappointment You have never had to The Million Dollar Goal go through a healing process that seems endless You have never felt lost That sreat 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 Securing Caite 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 alluilty If you are enjoying an ice cream sundae meeting your friends for a night out or a Trudy good work out you are being self indulgent Myuess is that those of you who didn t find the value in this book are unhappy with your own life Perhaps you should be a little self indulgent yourself What I m about to say must be wrong because I couldn t et 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 library was horrified I
#CHECKED IT OUT GIVEN HIS ACLU #it out iven his ACLU intimacy with my record and tastes and yes like others I was embarrassed to have EPL in my possessionBecauseWhat IS this MOVEMENT of lily 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 The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss get to interiorize Country I as a metaphor for your personal potential If your interior journey needs a bunch of leisure 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 myselfive 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 that way Leaving her audience only to uess it was so horrible she had to leave 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 little time to solve the puzzle of our own lives before it s too lat. A celebrated writer's irresistible candid and elouent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure spiritual devotion and what she really wanted out of 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 rief and confusion She went through a divorce a crushing depression another failed love and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be To recover from all thi.
Elizabeth Gilbert ì 7 DownloadE 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 ot just a little too proud of herself I rew so tired of her boasting about how all her decisions led to a higher plan of consciousness and a new appreciation for life and a new understanding of the universe at large And Bali was even worse I was hoping the little old Prisoner of Midnight guy didn t remember her Didn t that whole episode just turn out a little too cutely And then she fell off her bike She met her doctor friend and bought her a house And met an olduy and then she did things to herself And then she slept with the old BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. guy And of course she s better at that than any of us because she is now enlightened And then she made a little rhyming couplet of a 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 would like to learn lessons that most of us will have learned far earlier in life before interesting lessons presented themselves To uote a phrase from the Italy section of this book cross the street if you dare to evenlance in a bookstore window and entertain a thought of buying this book Elizabeth Gilbert has no ideas about life 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 life The author s observations about life 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 life She never really seems to Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor glean anything authentic or deeply affecting from any of her experiences And because she hasained nothing she has nothing to offer The reader is frustrated and unable to connect with her on any level This memoir not only lacks readability it lacks 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 lands 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 long journey she is still unable to Mr. Jelly's Business 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 aood enough writer to be able to cleverly disguise her childlike observations in beautifully crafted language I would rather read the trail journals of a young backpacker any day At least they are real After reading the book I wondered how it found its way to the bestseller list 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 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, 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 nowo travel and don t forget to eat pray and love when you come back I will Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı 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 live with intention live your journey here and now YOUR here and nowThis bookets 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 LOST BOTH HOUSES #that she lost both houses the divorce annoying she s just tickled when she Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines 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 plotoes something like 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 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 been longing 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 The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River 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 like Gilbert during her first weeks in Italy I was totally elated by my freedom But about two weeks in the loneliness came around and so did the anxiety My typical day started with this inner monologue I have toet to the museum before noon so I can fit in the sea kayaking trip at 2 And then I have to rush to the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy grocery store toet food to make dinner in the stinking hostel kitchen because od forbid I o 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 no idea that this River Bodies (Northampton County, goo Dept. of Reproductive Management go attitude was how I had been living for years No wonder people thought I was uptight Relaxing had never come easy to me and it never will but I metting a lot better at letting o and not worrying about seeing every 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 that life if you keep chasing it so hard will drive you to death Gilbert is living in an Ashram a
place where people come to meditate and experience divinity She swhere people come to meditate and experience divinity She s very ood 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 oing to an Ashram was the thing she thought she should do
not what she wanted to do I sure as hell wouldnwhat she wanted to do I sure as hell wouldn I really love 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 life 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 o to that discussion on post modernism even though I realize that I should be interested in it and it would ma. S Gilbert took a radical step In order to ive herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted she ot 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 pleasure learning to speak Italian and The Woman You Want to Be: Margery Wilson's Complete Book of Charm gaining the twenty three happiest pounds of her life India was for the art of devotion and.