Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I got this book as from the local library.

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

 Will traveling around the world help Elizabeth Gilbert deal with depression?
Maybe, it certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s sure worth finding out.

Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir of Ms. Gilbert which chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and takes the reader with on her journey of self discovery.

Ms. Gilbert paid for the trip with an advance she received on a book she planned to write.

After the difficult act of divorce the author spends four month in Italy (Eat), four months in India (Pray) and four months in Bali (Love). While telling the reader about each location, Ms. Gilbert also dwelves into self analysis finding spirituality and emotional balance.

The book simply didn’t speak to me. I couldn’t feel sorry for the author, maybe because the story of her divorce isn’t complete and the missing pieces seem essential to understanding the tragedy (not to mention all the guilt she felt without really explaining why).

If the writer wanted to sound candid and likeable she missed that goal right in the first five chapters.

All the self analyzing and pontifications drove me crazy – it was OK in the beginning as we were just getting to know the character but the continuation of it, page after page with nothing happening, no story and no plot.
The writer, who is excellent at her job, seems to be begging to be the center attention with everyone’s empathy shining on her.
How can you go to India, witness heart breaking poverty and still think that your comparatively luxurious life – not to mention getting paid for one year what most of those people will not earn in a lifetime – is dark and unforgiving?
I fear that if that doesn’t put one’s “misery” in perspective they are beyond help.

The book was boring, full of not-so-enlightening, shallow observations and self pity – it bordered on whiny even though I wouldn’t go that far. I did not find anything remotely profound or helpful in it – and that’s OK but usually when I read artificially feel-good books I know what I’m in for and this one took me by surprise.

If you are one of those that found this book life changing – that’s great and more power to you. But refusing to grow up and elevating trivial matters to Olympic altitudes, to me, is neither wise nor enlightening.

Just so all the fans of this book understand – this is my personal observation and I am by no means saying this is bad literature- Eat, Pray, Love is a stylized piece, the writing is very good, the deprecating humor shines through and the format is inspiring – but it just not did not speak to me.

My rating for Eat, Pray, Love- 1 

I know a lot of people loved the book. Do you agree or disagree with my review?

Zohar – Man of La Book
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