Book—Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is an autobiographical tale by a woman, and since any self-written autobiography is, to a more or less degree, a self-indulgent narrative, you would think that guys will not like her story. Not so; I like her book immensely.

No wonder Julia Roberts agreed to the movie. Haven’t seen the movie though. In theory Roberts-Bardem sounds like a good pairing.

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Saw the movie finally. The last time I enjoyed a really inward-looking autobiography was Prozac Nation. Gilbert’s story had so much emotional texture, so to speak, as was Elizabeth Wurtzel’s. Both books were turned into movies, and in both cases, the movies did not capture the writers’ pathos and emotional discordance. Still, what can you expect in a less-than-2-hours celluloid abridgement of a wonderful book.

Movie is 7/10. Robert, she of the soulful doe eyes and expressive mobile lips, is 9/10. Bardem looks like he rather be elsewhere.

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2 thoughts on “Book—Eat, Pray, Love

  1. Sounds like a good read this EPL. I’ve never been tempted to include it in my reading list, though. I thought it’s just a travel book with meditation and love thrown in.

    • There are so many negative comments about her story at amazon.com. I think this reviewer got it spot on: if you want to read how to get salvation, read the Good Book; if you want to eradicate world poverty, read a UNDP manual; don’t expect a personal memoir to be other than one talking about oneself-warts, divorces, and all.

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