EBOOK/EPUB [Eat Pray Love]

Ar enthusiasm or Godliness in the land of the ree I am embarrassed to read this book in public The title and the lowery 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 Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks fallingor this memoir Yes Gilbert is emotionally self indulgent are we supposed to eel bad that she lost both houses in the divorce annoying she s just tickled when she gains 23 pounds after eating her way through Italy and often really immature oh The endless endless cryingThen again this is a memoir her way through Italy and often really immature oh The endless endless cryingThen again this is a memoir when the writing is just so clever hospitable so damn unny it s really hard to hold so so damn unny it s really hard to hold against Gilbert in the endThe plot goes 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 or 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 gelato And the people It s on her travels that I start to identify with Gilbert When I was 21 I spent Clawback four months traveling in Australia Just like Gilbert during herirst weeks in Italy I was totally elated by my reedom But about two weeks in the loneliness came around and so did the anxiety My typical day started with this inner monologue I have to get to the museum before noon so I can it in the sea kayaking trip at 2 And then I have to rush to the grocery store to get Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America food to make dinner in the stinking hostel kitchen because godorbid I go 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 Cooking for Company failed at traveling In retrospect Australia was a turning point in my young life I had no idea that this go go go attitude was how I had been livingor years No wonder people thought I was uptight Relaxing had never come easy to me and it never will but I m getting a lot better at letting go and not worrying about seeing every last museum so to speakGilbert ruminates on this topic uite a bit in her book Her Empire of Sin first moment of true unfettered happiness comes when she poaches some eggs and eats some asparagus on theloor of her apartment So simple but so Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China 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 s not very good at it and she wonders if all the energy she s spent chasing the next experience has kept herrom enjoying anything At this point in the book I My Wife's Affair find myself wondering if Gilbert wants to be there at all Perhaps going to an Ashram was the thing she thought she should do not what she wanted to do I sure as hell wouldn tWhat 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 time Iound this book unbelievably phoneyI hated this so much that I got up early this morning to Chicken, Chicken, Duck! finish it and gave my copy to the library and honestly I m not too proud of thatTo me it justelt so insincere that there s no chance I would have made it past the second chapter had it not been Inspirations for book club obligationsI enjoyed her writing style but I absolutely could not warm to her at all To beair I do think she would be an excellent travel writerThe section on India was agony to read I have met enough people reshly returned rom Indian ashrams to know that they often seem a tad self absorbed and I also suspect that they really only get up at 3am so that they have even me time She didn t do much to alter my opinionHonestly this woman meditated longer harder and bluer than anyone else has past or present She won the meditation competition that no one was actually having Possibly it was not enlightenment that she Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You found but simply that sheinally became completely self absorbed Easy mistake to make What I m about to say must be wrong because I couldn t get through this book I tried And I Slo Mo! 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. Nd then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali By turns rapturous and rueful this wise andunny author whom Booklist calls Anne Lamott's hip yoga practicing ootloose younger sister is poised to garner yet adoring an. The contradictions around her She didn t perturbed at the abject poverty of the Indian women around her or to uestion if it just the Indian women around her or to uestion if it was just never wondered how a spiritual person should grapple with the injustice of the world nor did she seem to uestion the rightness of living in the midst of poverty in an artificial environment created to specifically cater to pampered Westerners In Indonesia she Pirates, Ships, and Sailors finally seems to see beyond herself to the suffering of others but when she does try to help someone it seems impulsive and done almost with carelessness so that the whole thing almost becomes a big messAfter all of this the end of the book just seemed toall lat as Gilbert tried to wrap things up uickly crowning it all of course with a romance with a doting and exotic lover This book had a lot of potential but ultimately it seemed like a story about one woman s sense of entitlement and her inability to ever uite move beyond that though she does make some valiant efforts to do so Eat Pray Love is the monologue of a Neurotic American Princess Liz in her mid thirties The irst War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today few chapters background the rest of the book a confessional that tells how she came toind her 8 year marriage distasteful realised she wasn t keen on the next logical step which is apparently to A Boy in Winter fill her expansive apartment with children and plunges into an impotent depression Without even getting drunkOne night whilst bawling on the bathroomloor a habit she has grown Frost at Midnight fond of she is struck by alakey attack of twattery Being an American this experience manifests itself as Princess Baby, Night-Night finding some kind of God or thereabouts Naturally she resolves to leave her husband Her husband isn t keen on this development and Lizinds that strangely he takes poorly to having his heart shattered into a million piecesHusband behaves badly and our protagonist The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post feels hurt and sad But no matter because before long Liz hooks up with the sexy exciting yoga chanting David who takes aive minute break Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution from his headlong charge towardloaty Thai On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock fisherman s pants a thin ponytail and male pattern baldness to rattle her well bred bones Liz drinks deeplyrom lust s stagnant wellBut divorce negotiations do drag on leaving Liz once again bawling on the bathroom loor This time however it s David s bathroom loor And David it seems is unimpressed by such displays It seems men are interested in women or their uniue and interesting ualities and unless you are Bob Dylan melancholy gets old ast Incidentally if you ind 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 this book Eat Pray Love is a New Times bestseller It was recommended to me by a riend 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 given to I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) fawning excesses that one might expectrom 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 women get 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 get 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 Flight, Vol. 7 fact your own responsibility to make yourself happy Being happy without being with a man does not trivialise love You shouldind challenges entertainment un 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 elt so incomplete without women When did is become acceptable or men to be our projects When did it become acceptable or 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 Camp Rex feminism a crippling blow by jack knifing the trailer this morning I look like Susan Sontag in gumboots compared to this bookIn EPL the author s only explanationor 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 get this book get a Golden Retriever Or barnacles Or maybe a Golden Retriever with barnacles But or 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 peculi. Y career and ind instead what she truly wanted rom life Setting out or a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India .



Wow this book took me on a roller coaster ride I couldn t decide if I loved it or hated it and it seemed like every ew pages I d go Miles from Kara from thinking Gilbert was delightfully witty to thinking this was the most horribly self absorbed person to ever setoot on the earth In the end the overall effect was rather like sitting at a party listening to someone tell a long involved story all about themselves and you re alternately annoyed and ascinated and you want to
Get Up And Leave 
up and leave she s just so entertaining that you keep telling yourself you ll leave in the next minute and so you end up sticking through the whole thing WARNING LOOONG REVIEW AHEAD I didn t hate Eat Pray Love but it left me really unsatisfied When I irst started reading the book I couldn t help rolling my eyes and thinking Here we go another tale of a precious privileged woman who is unsatisfied with her life I Stuck With It Though And Was Charmed Through The stuck with it though and was charmed through the section by Gilbert s humor and down to earth writing style Still or a woman who abandons everything in search of a true spiritual experience she leaves most of the important uestions unanswered I elt that Gilbert projects herself so strongly onto every place and every person she encounters that I m not sure what she really learnt along the wayAs delightful as the Italy section was to read I elt like she never really stepped out of herself to understand the country on its own terms and to move beyond the stereotype Despite it being a bit of a superficial assessment I have no problem with Gilbert associating Italy with pleasure There is enough beauty there to warrant itIt was her interpretation of what it means to open oneself to pleasure that bothered me and seemed very narrow For Gilbert this consisted mostly of overindulging in oods and allowing herself to put on weight It seemed like she came to Italy thinking she already knew how to experience pleasure and proceeded to enact it based on her definition even though there are indications that the Italian interpretation of pleasure is not merely restricted to this I would have liked to see her explore what it meant to devote herself to pleasure just as seriously and reverently as she seemed to take the meditative experiences in India Overall though my biggest problem with this book was I had difficulty at times believing Gilbert achieved the enlightenment she talks about because she is so internally High Heat focused Most importantly I still have not really grasped why it was necessaryor her to travel to these 3 places I understand that her intention was not or this book to be a travelogue but it begs the uestion Why was it necessary to go to Italy India and Indonesia if the purpose was to not to gain something rom them that could not be ound elsewhere In every country Gilbert created a little security blanket of expat riends who seemed to cushion her rom really understanding the lessons the countries had to offer on their own terms Why go to India to meet Richard the big Texan Guru or example Why not just go to Texas For those of us with eyelids only half caked with dirt but who can t uproot our lives and travel to countries of our choosing is enlightenment still an option I wanted Gilbert to talk about how anyone with an ordinary life but who is searching A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas for insight could still balance spiritual yearning with duty And that s myinal peeve about this book I wondered if Gilbert had any sense of duty or sense of obligation to anything beyond herself Gilbert seems to recognize the bonds of duty that restrict the locals she encounters Yet she somehow paints them as pleasurable or inevitable yokes or the people who bear them Her detached observations of life and death rituals in India and Indonesia as though they are restricted to those parts of the world made me want to shake her and say but there are rituals everywhere you have made a conscious decision to remove yourself rom the ones you know I ask about duty not because I wanted Gilbert to stay in a loveless marriage but because the concept of duty is also linked to a concept of justice What is it that we ought to do What do we owe each other Part of me Lots of Hearts felt that Gilbert took comfort in the non dual aspects of Eastern philisophies in a strange way She seemed almost relieved that the non duality of existence would ensure that one would not necessarily be punished by the universeor selfish deeds I elt like Gilbert embraced that aspect of the philosophy without realizing the eual importance those cultures place on the balancing notions of reciprocity duty of being social beings in the truest sense often taking it to the other negative extreme The lack of sense of obligation to anyone other than herself made Gilbert seem curiously dead to. This beautifully written heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success marriage house in the countr. Eat Pray Love