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Title: Eat Pray Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2006
Summary: Elizabeth Gilbert chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels.
The Neverending Story
I can’t believe I actually made it through this book because if you follow Reel Literature on Goodreads, you will see that it took way more time than usual to finish this book. I am usually not a fan of non-fiction books, but I was hoping the traveling aspect of Eat Pray Love would help me prevail. However, that was far from the case. The book has 108 chapters split evenly among the 3 countries for a very specific reason that is explained in the beginning of the book and of which I wholly appreciate as a person who looks for purpose often. Although the chapters are often only a few pages at the most, it felt torturous getting through the novel. I read the e-book version, which I checked out at my local library (as I do with most of the books I’ve read). I am usually able to finish the book within the 3-week loan period. However, I had to check this book out TWO MORE TIMES just to get through it. Even for a busy person like me, that is not a good sign.
No Sympathy for the Devil
I always thought I had empathy and sympathy for others, but reading this book has taught me that I have those feelings in limited supply. I have never been married, so of course I have never been divorced, so I can never relate to the pain and suffering Liz had to endure to leave her marriage. However, jumping head first into a serious relationship with someone when you’re not even close to signing those papers sounds like the most unhealthy thing a person can do. Maybe your time would be better spent going to therapy to figure out why you need to always be in relationships. Every time I started to relate and empathize with Liz, she would once again become an annoying neurotic hot mess, and I would become a side-eyeing hater who can’t stop hard sighing and rolling my eyes. There’s a reason all the countries Liz chooses to visit start with the letter “I” because we all know the “I” in “TEAM” is in the a-hole and you can’t spell “team” without “me”. Le sigh, I know…I’m doing the most, but so is ya girl Liz.
I cannot believe this book was a best-seller and a top fave of Oprah because I didn’t feel moved by any of Liz’s mis-adventures. It’s unfortunate because I had high hopes as someone who also lives with wanderlust.
The Final Grade
Burn It: It took nearly 2 months to finish a book that was less than 500 pages. Need we say more?
So…do you give the book thumbs up or thumbs down? Were you lacking empathy for the precocious heroine? Are you the “I” in “TEAM”? How long did it take you to finish the book? Let us know in the comments! |RL