I had eagerly awaited Eat,Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I was hoping it would be as inspirational as when I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed however I was quite disappointed this wasn’t the case.
So when I started reading it was soon apparent that the book had religious overtones, now I am not a religious person but have no problem with reading books with a subtle religious overtone.
I found I grew quite bored not that far into it. Overall the stories of the people she met and things she did on her travels were good, interesting to read but all the bits between I found very dull.
It felt like the book had to much filler, completely unnecessary. Take for example the brief history and explanation of Buddhism, it wasn’t needed.
I also found that the book bordered on preachy in many parts. For me almost the entire Chapter on India could have been reduced massively. I probably found this the most boring part. The only redeeming feature was the introduction of Richard from Texas.
I can see how many love this book but I honestly struggled to find a groove with it, it took me so long to get through as I kept putting it off and really didn’t want to give up on it.
There was a couple of gems in there quote wise that did resonate with me and I will definitely be taking them away with me.
“Instead, try admitting to the existence of negative thoughts and feelings and understand where they come from and why they are there. Then with great forgiveness and fortitude -dismiss them.”
When referring to negative thoughts..
“You may not come here anymore with your hard and abusive thoughts, your plague ships of thoughts, your slave ships of thoughts, your warships of thoughts – all will be turned away. Likewise, any thoughts that are filled with any angry or starving exiles, with malcontents, phampleteers, mutineers and violebt assassins, desperate prostitues, pimps, seditious stowaways – you may not come here anymore either.”
Other than that I just found the book lacking, disappointing and not interesting.
I would still recommend people read it as they may get something from it that I never and reading it is most definitely an experience. I would rate the book 2/5 overall.
Thanks for reading.
The Stationery Geekette x