Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Eat, Pray, Love: Indonesia in the spotlight

It's not often that Indonesia finds itself in the vortex of American pop culture. Which is why author Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love is such a curious phenomenon.

A #1 New York Times bestseller for over a year, the book - subtitled "One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia" - was vaulted into the publishing stratosphere with the help of talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey. Excerpted in O Magazine, and with the author appearing on Oprah herself, it quickly moved to the vanguard of spiritually-flavored chick-lit.

As for Indonesia's star appearance, it's only one stop on the author's journey ... Italy fills her stomach with glorious food, India is where she attains her soul's awakening, and Bali is ultimately where she goes for "balancing". There she rents a house in Ubud, Bali's beating cultural heart, and happens to meet a fetching Brazilian fellow, via her Balinese medicine man. This is a family blog, but let's just say they hit it off.

Hamlet, it's not. But for introducing Indonesia into the psyches of chronically self-absorbed Westerners, Gilbert gets a gold star. Check out Eat, Pray, Love (and find out more about the author) here.

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1 comment:

Haruko said...

I really appreciate your blog, Mr. Christopher and yeah I also like this movie. However, I'm still wondering when the movie is gonna shown in cinemas in Indonesia.

By the way, Nice to meet you Mr. Christopher.

(Note: Sorry,if I use the wrong grammar and vocab because I still in the process of learning English)