January 19, 2011

"In truth, Ms. Chua’s memoir is about one little narcissist’s book-length search for happiness."

"And for all its quotable outbursts from Mama Grisly (the nickname was inevitable), it will gratify the same people who made a hit out of the granola-hearted 'Eat, Pray, Love.'"

CORRECTION: Lord knows how I changed "Eat, Pray, Love" into "Hat, Pray, Love." Corrected. But laughing. I hate crap like "Eat, Pray, Love." "Hat, Pray, Love"? Shoulda been "Hate, Pray, Love."

21 comments:

ricpic said...

I smell the green eyed monster. Perhaps Chau cut Maslin off at the pass seeing as how Maslin was about to publish, ZAP the World: Raise a JAP.

mccullough said...

This quote could apply to Dreams from My Father.

Coketown said...

You got one typo. Now fix the other one.

Henry said...

My favorite narcissist's book-length search for happiness is Moby Dick:

Eat, Pray, Drown.

The Crack Emcee said...

The Eat, Pray, Love phenom is funny because, in the author's next book, she renounced many of the NewAge ideas in the first.

But, of course, no one wants to promote that,...

write_effort said...

Eat, Pray, Drown
That was a pleasure to come across. Thanks.

Methadras said...

I prefer fuck, shit, sleep.

Synova said...

There was a paranormal romance at the grocery store with a title, IIRC, "Eat, Prey, Love."

I never bought it (that genre not being my "thing") but I was sorely tempted.

Freeman Hunt said...

Huh? I know a lot of people who bought "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", and none of them also bought "Eat, Pray, Love."

I would NEVER read something like "Eat, Pray, Love." Honestly, I'm offended by the association.

Freeman Hunt said...

In fact, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is basically the opposite of Eat, Pray, Love.

Coketown said...

@Freeman Hunt: Where does the Joy Luck Club sit on the Tiger Hymn-Hat, Pray, Love scale?

Jack Okie said...

But the movie "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" is another story.

Freeman Hunt said...

Where does the Joy Luck Club sit on the Tiger Hymn-Hat, Pray, Love scale?

Ha. That, I don't know. I only saw Joy Luck Club the movie (which was good.) I doubt Joy Luck Club is anything like Eat, Pray, Love, if the book at all resembles the movie, so closer to Tiger Mother, I guess.

Anthony said...

She can. . .ummmm. . .crack the whip on me anytime she wants.

Coketown said...

@Freeman: I haven't read any of them, and the only part of the Joy Luck Club I saw (if I remember) was a mother slapping her daughter. And they were Chinese. So the inclusion seems reasonable.

Freeman Hunt said...

Joy Luck Club covers the lives of eight people.

I don't think Chua did any slapping.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ha - Eat, Pray, *Slap*

I like it.

Steve Pierson said...

@Synova - saw the same book when browsing the rack at the grocery store. I laughed out loud.

amba said...

Yeah, I could not get through more than 15 pages of "Eat, Pray, Love."

amba said...

Found it in a vacation house. It was one of those "quests" lived with a book advance already in pocket. Eat, pray, sell.

Sisyphus said...

I was unfortunately forced to read it as part of a book club. People with a taste for masochism in their reading should consider reading "Eat, Pray, Love" only to see how amazingly self-deceptive an autobiographical work can be.

Somehow, the author deceives herself into believing that she has reached some kind of spiritual balance or enlightenment following a year long avoidance of the reality of her divorce and broken life. And ultimately, it takes a new man to achieve that - not some true spiritual realization. It's really quite painful when you look under the surface of it.