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Attitude Was How I Had Livingwas how I had been living 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 Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin 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 Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South 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 Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices 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 times in my life It s so hardor some people including me and it really shouldn t be I think that when you can honestly answer that uestion No I don t want to go to that discussion on post modernism even though I realize that I should be interested in it and it would make me a lot cooler in your eyes Really I just want to watch back to back episodes of Scrubs you re well on your way to realizing your own identity and being ok with whoever that person is I Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism found this book unbelievably phoneyI hated this so much that I got up early this morning toinish it and gave my copy to the library and honestly I m not too proud of thatTo me it just Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas felt so insincere that there s no chance I would have made it past the second chapter had it not beenor book club obligationsI enjoyed her writing style but I absolutely could not warm to her at all To be After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry fair I do think she would be an excellent travel writerThe section on India was agony to read I have met enough peoplereshly 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 ound but simply that she Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes finally 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 Iailed 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 offensive intimacy with my record and tastes and yes like others I was embarrassed to have EPL in my possessionBecauseWhat IS this MOVEMENT of lily white bourgeois women with ancy educations working themselves into identity crises that they think can be solved by a new orm of coloniasm This hyper eminized adventure travel Subaltern poaching or the 21st century Taker mentality as spiritual uestThese people need their own version of Outside magazine or some shit Oh yeah they already do It s called the GAIAM catalogYeah We re talking some serious dilettante tourism taking entire countries as theme spas Italy She Weeps Each Time You're Born for excess Indiaor asceticism Indonesia or the middle path Ladies Country I is not your personal terrain or self discovery You don t get to interiorize Country I as a metaphor Seven Days, Seven Dinners for your personal potential If your interior journey needs a bunch of leisure time and poor countries to be realized maybe you re asking the wrong uestionsThe consumerist mentality was so self important and so priveleged that I just couldn t make myself give this book any time. With the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboyrom Texas she embarked on A Northern Light four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration In Bali she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and alsoell in love the best way unexpectedly An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self discovery Eat Pray Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting needor change. .
Ept 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 elt 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 universe or selfish deeds I elt like *Gilbert Embraced That Aspect Of The Philosophy Without Realizing The *embraced that aspect of the philosophy without realizing the 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 the contradictions around her She didn t seem perturbed at the abject poverty of the Indian women around her or to uestion if it was just She 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 inally 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 to all lat as Gilbert tried to wrap things up uickly crowning #the end of the book just seemed to White Water falllat as Gilbert tried to wrap things up uickly crowning 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 The Slave Dancer firstew chapters background the rest of the book a I am embarrassed to read this book in public The title and the Special Agent flowery 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 totallyalling Sleep with the Fishes for this memoir Yes Gilbert is emotionally self indulgent are we supposed toeel 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 and when the writing is just so clever so hospitable so damn The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History funny it s really hard to hold that 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 longingor 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 our months traveling in Australia Just like Gilbert during her irst 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 Fit In The Seabefore noon so I can it in the sea trip at 2 And then I have to rush to the grocery store to get Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life 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 ailed at traveling In retrospect Australia was a turning point in my young life I had. S Gilbert took a radical step In order to give herself the time and space to ind out who she really was and what she really wanted she got rid of her belongings uit her job and undertook a yearlong journey around the world all alone Eat Pray Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well In Rome she studied the art of pleasure learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty three happiest pounds of her life India was or the art of devotion and. 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 *ride I couldn t decide if I loved it or hated it and it seemed like every pages I d go rom thinking Gilbert was delightfully witty to thinking this was the most horribly self absorbed person to ever set oot 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 but 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 The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece first 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 Italy section by Gilbert s humor and down to earth writing style Stillor a woman who abandons everything in search of a true spiritual experience she leaves most of the important uestions unanswered I The New Job Security felt 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 Ielt 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 #associating Italy with pleasure There is enough beauty 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 The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) foods 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 internallyocused Most importantly I still have not really grasped why it was necessary The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis for her to travel to these 3 places I understand that her intention was notor 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 The Jumbee from them that could not beound elsewhere In every country Gilbert created a little security blanket of expat To Helvetica and Back friends who seemed to cushion herrom really understanding the lessons the countries had to offer on their own terms Why go to India to meet Richard the big Texan Guru Simple Art of Greatness for 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 searchingor insight could still balance spiritual yearning with duty And that s my inal peeve about this book I wondered if Gilbert had any sense of duty or sense of
OBLIGATION TO ANYTHING BEYOND HERSELF GILBERT SEEMS TO RECOGNIZEto anything beyond herself Gilbert seems to recognize 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 conc. A celebrated writer's irresistible candid and elouent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure spiritual devotion and what she really wanted out of life Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty she went through an early onslaught midlife crisis She had everything an educated ambitious American woman was supposed to want a husband a house a successful career But instead of eeling happy and A Burglar's Guide to the City fulfilled she was consumed with panic grief and confusion She went through a divorce a crushing depression anotherailed love and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be To recover rom all thi.