i picked up the book eat pray love about 2 years ago. everyone was talking about it in my chick circles. i read the first 1/5th of the book and had to put it down. i hated the narrator. she was shallow, entitled and not a good writer. she came off as a whiner and a complainer looking for an expedient solution to the challenge of self exploration.
i am no snob and do not eschew Oprah book club selections. nor am i against travel as a means of getting a fresh perspective. but i think it’s a load of crap to think that you can pick up and cure yourself of life’s existential problems in a mere matter of months by eating a load of pasta and banging a bunch of exotic dudes. the true explorer learns to live and sit with oneself in the real world. in the day-to-day; in the depth of genuine, ongoing relationships. it may not be glamorous or a ticket to extreme fame and wealth, but it is one’s own.
since my short-lived experience with the book, several people in my immediate circles have asked if i read it. i said yeah i tried but had to put it down. at dinner last night P said her esteem for people drops a notch if they recommend that book. i loved that, and snobbily agreed (ok yes so i am a snob). when i heard that julia roberts of all people will be playing the lead in the movie adaptation my revulsion was reaffirmed. and javy, how could you do it?