It seems Elizabeth Gilbert has attracted both an enormous fan club and hate club simultaneously. I don't know about you, but if I don't like the book I'm reading, I just pass it on to someone else or donate it to the library.
Glazing through a couple of pages of Amazon.com reviews makes you wonder how in the world Eat, Pray, Love could have sold 70,000 copies let alone 7 million and counting. I get the feeling the E.G. haters skipped the donation box and instead set the book on fire commencing a ritualistic literary exorcism for fear of being spellbound by the selfish Joe/Josephine curse of Napolean Pizza.
Attention Book Haters: If you're writing a review, please keep the people bashing to yourself and judge the writing instead. That's the point of a review.
I mean the nerve of Liz to trot off around the world eating pizza and having fun. My God/dess--the rest of the public spends 90% of their time performing great acts of charity by building homes, feeding the homeless, teaching the illiterate to read. Right? Right?? I mean when in the world do we the general public find time to sleep? Well...reading the reviews of these holier-than-though, idealistic ranters makes one nearly slip into the delusion that E.G. is a horrible,person.
E.G. was not marketed as the "second coming of Buddha" nor Eat, Pray, Love the "new spiritual doctrine". It is a memoir of one woman's journey to find herself by traveling the world. Period. She gets to tell the story anyway she wants. It's literary license.
Liz knows her shortcomings. She does not pretend to be perfect. How many of us can say the same thing?
Those who label her as selfish must be as selfless as Greg Mortenson and..wait a minute, probably not. Greg is likely too busy building schools to get online and bash anyone's book.
If E.G. is selfish, then pretty much everyone else in North America is who owns a shiney car, a better than basic home, wears make-up ,dresses in nice clothing and squanders their money in restaurants.
Who of us would turn down a 200K advance and the opportunity to gorge themself on life? Not me. And Penquin, if you're reading this, I'll do it for a hundred. As for charity? I keep my efforts private, thank you very much.
And Liz, good for you. 7 million copies isn't a bestseller in my books, it's a best, best, bestseller. Cheers!
Causes Leslie Scott Supports
Humane society, cancer research, youth mentorship, homeless shelters