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Loathed Titles > I don't get Elizaeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Why is was this book "Eat Pray Love" #1 on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list? I don't get it... Can someone explain to me what is so great about this book? I read it because my sister said it was wonderful... I hated it. It was so BLAH and hard to care about any of the people in the book.


message 2: by K (new)

K | 4 comments Hated it - such an annoying woman.


message 3: by Cameron (new)

Cameron | 7 comments Everyone I know keeps telling me, "...you just have to read it, it's the best thing I've read in years". The problem is, I know I would hate it just from the description. Now I have to continually come up with a polite response to say, "no thanks, I think this book would blow chunks!" Oh well, I never like the latest and greatest books, so why should this be any different?


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

It's entitled, self-centered, and cheesy. It's also incredibly annoying to read if one has any inkling of the poverty, corruption, and devastation going on all around her in India and Indonesia. She is oblivious. I don't begrudge her her money or funding, but I was stunned at how much she regards the world as existing for her purposes and how little she attends to others' experiences. Nice that she had her epiphanies on her publisher's timetable, too. Talk about an "ugly American"!


message 5: by Seizure Romero (new)

Seizure Romero I usually avoid anything on the NYT Bestsellers list (or any other list of what "everyone is reading," mostly due to contrariness, occasionally due to good taste), so this whole thread is rather moot as far as I'm concerned. I just wanted to thank Cameron for using "blow chunks" in her post.

Carry on.


message 6: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Vincent | 14 comments Yes you do. She IS whiny and self-involved. And a complete bore.


message 7: by Nyla (new)

Nyla (nilly21) | 5 comments And I just bought this damn book...UGH!


message 8: by Sonya (new)

Sonya madden i read books friends recommend but hardly nyt bestsellers


message 9: by Mary Kay (new)

Mary Kay (marykayt) | 6 comments She was the most whiny, self-absorbed woman ~ I'm thrilled I never have to read anything about her ever again!


message 10: by Sonya (new)

Sonya madden @nyla--if you don't like it, donate it


message 11: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sandee) It crazy to me that in the end she turns out to be one of the women that she tries so hard not to be. She has to have a man to be happy :(
This is just my opinion


message 12: by Mary Kay (new)

Mary Kay (marykayt) | 6 comments Sandra - I totally agree!


message 13: by Raiveran (new)

Raiveran Rabbit | 12 comments I cannot in any moral conscience read a book that was made into a movie that would have Julia Roberts star in.


message 14: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Vincent | 14 comments Raiveran wrote: "I cannot in any moral conscience read a book that was made into a movie that would have Julia Roberts star in."

>:-) I never forgave her for that awful drek of Pretty Woman. And she gets an Oscar for Erin Brockovich? For wearing a push up bra?


message 15: by Raiveran (new)

Raiveran Rabbit | 12 comments Remember: It's not acting if it's you. :P


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 42 comments I was captured alive when I read the first sentence and I thought what the hey why don't I give this book a chance? and folks I did.....until I reached the fiveth chapter...I had to stop...it was like instant. I knew I should have came here or read more reviews but it pulled me in so it blame it and not Goodreads. Sorta like Sarah's Key, I'll make a discussion about that later anyway, I would have given anything to bring back those minutes I personally wasted on this crummy book.


message 17: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Hated it too. I thought she was so incredibly self-indulgent and spoiled. Whine whine whine, blame blame blame until the end of India anyway. And such bad grammar. Me and so-and-so, Me and so-and-so. Me and Richard, Me and Philippe. Are there no editors who can catch even such a basic mistake of English grammar? To me that added to the self-indulgence of it all.


message 18: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 42 comments Completely. What really got me is that she left her husband because she didn't feel in love anymore, that is no reason to leave the man you once loved, unless he was like abusing her or something, you can't just leave and pretend that you have never been married. Oh yeah, the guys she ended up with were weird and I am not sure how to write their stupidity...however I will say no more.


message 19: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Anna, you're cracking me up. Yes, she had this troubled taste in men. The one that had my blood pressure up was the younger guy who she was involved with in the theatre, and she'd get into her old clinging stuff and he'd run for the hills (wouldn't you???) and then she'd hate and blame him for abandoning her (???huh???).

I'm not married so I don't want to judge too much her leaving her first husband and why - I don't know all the details of why she thought she couldn't work it out - but what was so part of her self absorption was her thinking just because she decided she didn't want to be married anymore, he was supposed to roll over and say "oh, ok, fine, we'll divorce" - and of course he was the demon for resisting that. Again, I don't have the whole story and sounds like fault on both sides, but that's not the part we got!


message 20: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 42 comments I am cracking you up? I guess that writing is the only way I can voice my option on subjects people would cock an eyebrow at and ignore me for. Maybe she did some very good reasons to leave him, who knows? I would totally run for the hills to escape a guy like that..not like that I have ever dated a guy that is like, however I should think she should live life without being attached to some guy, God can use us more effectively as single and not married but he has used many people who have decided to get married and they worked for the glory of Him. Message me..okay?


message 21: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Hi Anna,
Well, I think being married and single are both good, and a matter of personal choice, or maybe it's luck! Not everybody meets the right person, or who knows when it can happen? I certainly know wonderful people, both married and single. But I think if people have problems with clinging to a partner just to have someone, maybe it's best to try to be on your own for a while and learn that that is survivable (I have friends and family in that situation too! And it can lead to problems).


message 22: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 42 comments Hi Lisa, great option.


message 23: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (mishmeow85) | 5 comments Stopped half way through India. It's about as interesting as a recent college grads account of their "way so enlightening Euro trip". Pass.


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