Thursday, November 19, 2009
Desperately Seeking Elizabeth (A Book Review)
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert C+
Eat, Pray, Love is not a book I would normally pick up but since the 13 hour unabridged audio version was free (paperbackswap.com) I felt I had nothing to lose.
Many readers seemed to either hate this book or love it, I fell somewhere in the middle. EPL is a travelogue that focuses on Gilbert's search for spirituality and self balance after a messy divorce. I was pleasantly surprised by this delicate and mature exploration into the darkest times of her life. Yet ultimately her fortunes are so sweet you'll get a toothache.
Writer Rolf Potts called the book "travel porn for women" and indeed it is... But Gilbert is a tremendously talented writer whose vulnerability is readable and dare I say, likable.