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A girl must create her own opportunities.
7 July 2019
I read it because I loved Eat Pray Love. I read it because I loved Liz Gilbert's Ted Talk, "Your Creative Elusive Genius". She has a skill for setting up a great narration. Atleast that's what I relied on when I picked this one the day it got published. I am glad I did.
The book is narrated by a 95 year old but its not in retrospect. Its story telling. I could feel Vivian growing up as she told a story, it was written in a way that you know when she is 19, when she is 25, when she is 45. The vocabulary, the speech, the word usage, the sentence formation, the tone and the harshness of the narration. She conveyed the growth of a person through her writing.
Its about growing up, learning, living through passion, friendships, love, war, bitterness, confusion, self doubt, strength & everything else that life offers.
That desperation to have it all when one is young and that lack of fulfillment that one constantly feels. That fear of loosing out on things, on life, the constant chase of something you don't know yet but are longing to know and have. Its about loosing yourself in that euphoria and finding yourself, from without to within.
Its about the growth of an immature lost girl through city and people around. How she identifies and sink in the education that comes from those more experienced than her. Her willingness to learn and adapt mingled with the ignorance and the impatience of her youth. Not to mention mistakes. And also about the thrill of living and breathing a life alien to you.
Its beautifully articulates the journey of self discovery, through friendships, through experiences. Its tells how certain things take time, and some just happen. From seeking validity to knowing absolutely and exactly what one wants.
Its also about war. What war does to people, what it does to you and everything around you. The significance of it, especially in destructing lives and how it impacts regular people, their decision making, their choices not just on a grand scale but on scale of a simple touch. How even if its going on far away one could be wounded, for an entire lifetime. I think that is the best part of this book, it took its time from being memoir of a fictional person to a memorial of someone who has lived through a war.
I liked the detailing of it, whether its for dresses or for the slang. I liked that the author went to depth of all emotions, be it happiness or passion or regrets. It was a life story about dealing with it all. Its about both, taking control and loosing control.
What I admire the most in this book is, how Elizabeth Gilbert's writing has matured. Not matured per se, but if Eat Pray Love was about starting a journey towards oneself, City of Girls is about having a good time in that journey no matter what life brings in.
I not only felt the writer has evolved, I also felt the reader(me) has evolved. I loved that what she learnt in Eat Pray Love, she knows in City of Girls. I know its not a memoir, but thats how I look at it, the evolution of Elizabeth Gilbert.