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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Jan 29, 08

bookshelves: self-help
Recommended to Laurie by: pretty much everyone and their mom
Read in January, 2008

i'm only on page 20 and i've already cried like 3 times because dude, is she talking about ME?

EDIT: I finally finished this book. I enjoyed the first section but found the rest of the book really boring. Although I think I would like the author in real life, her spiritual journey and romantic relationship didn't hold my attention at all. Parts of it resonated with me and that's what kept me reading (slowly) but, overall, I thought the book was far too long.

I think my biggest beef with the book was the author's use of dialogue. Gilbert's dialogue sounded forced and unrealistic-- at one point she actually had 100-year-old Balinese medicine man say, in all seriousness, "Let your conscience be your guide." Really? Dialogue is really, really hard to write so I'm sympathetic with the author's struggle but maybe a better approach would have been to rely less heavily on it? The inauthenticity of her characters' voices was incredibly distracting for me.

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