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Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Oct 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: faith-in-general, food

Oh, I liked this! It made for fun and thought-provoking reading on a rainy weekend... and made me hungry as heck for Italian food, of course.

I understand some of the criticism it has received. On the surface, it does seem impossibly self-indulgent. I was, in fact, prepared to hate it.

Still, this book is important if only for one reason: it shows that there are many types of poverty, and spiritual impoverishment can cause desperate unhappiness. The author would have been no good to anyone, stuck where she was. By being "self-indulgent" first, she was then able to help others. If nothing else, she wrote a book that has made people think. I certainly got no sense that she was trying to canonize herself or anything like that-- quite the opposite, really. I also didn't get the sense she was looking for pity. There wasn't anything to pity. She was on the wrong path, so she changed direction and wrote a fun book about it. And I happened to like it!

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