I read the book Eat, Pray, Love, a couple of years ago, and while I found Gilbert a tad on the whiny side, I also found her to be an excellent, funny writer. It was a “quick read” and I loooove quick reads — to me, that’s the sign of awesome writing. After I finished the book, I didn’t forge a deep spiritual connection to the book (like Oprah did), instead I found it to be an engaging memoir and basically moved on to my next read.
Now, as the movie hits theaters, I’m surprised to keep stumbling upon criticism of the book and the movie that feel a little unfair and spiteful, as if the reviewers think women 1) shouldn’t travel the world on their own, at any age, especially middle age, nor 2) discuss their secret desires to experience things beyond what American society provides. I’m a libertarian at heart — if a woman wants to leave her husband, visit an Indian ashram, study Italian and enjoy the weather in Indonesia, so be it. But these reviewers, wow — ouch. Definitely some deep-seated sexism out there, and it often comes from fellow women.
Anyway, before I blab on forever, read this. I couldn’t agree more!