I just finished listening to the Eat Pray Love audiobook by Elizabeth Gilbert. I never watched the movie and I only got interested in this book because I really enjoyed her more recent book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
I enjoyed her travel writing when she was in Italy, especially how she described the food, culture and history of the place – but I felt that the 2nd part (India / Pray) really dragged on, and her finding Love in Indonesia, though interesting, was rather serendipitous.
I’m not really into the whole New Age / eastern spirituality thing so I got really bored and wanted to stop reading/listening…. I’m probably not her audience anyways, male, single, turning 28 – but I appreciate her yearlong journey to reorganize her life. I forced myself to finish the book.
Maybe I’m not reading it right. Maybe my narrative expectations aren’t appropriate for this kind of book. After all, she seems to be telling a candid account of her life in these places. So I look at it as a model. Maybe I could do my own version of Eat, Pray, Love (and not the parody, Drink, Play, F@#k). I think it’s an interesting mental exercise.
So maybe this year I’ll add a few sub-goals in my journey. I’m going to: