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If you saw the movie with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams then you'll probably be expecting a funny, quick read, which unfortunately is not the case.
What the movie managed to hide (at least partially) is that Julie Powell is one of the whiniest person who ever set foot on this planet.
The tragedy of her life is being a secretary for a governative agency involved in the management of the aftermath of 9/11: poor girl has to spend her days performing data entry and answering the phone calls of relatives of the victims or other (not always courteous ) concerned parties. Ok, so not so exiting but I can imagine much worse, especially for someone without apparent skill or qualification, whose only ability is complain about the miseries of her life and boast an aspiration to become an actress without ever having tried an audition.
Her famous Julie/Julia project is basically an excuse to whine and whine and whine about everything in her life even if she has a loving and very very patient husband, no health issues and a vast group of friends who inexplicably love her despite her being a self-centered, narcissistic bitch.
The 50% of the book is a list of all the culinary experiments which went wrong, basically because she faces them with carelessness, resignation and a vodka drink always in her hand.
Rather than a book this looks like a very very very long blog post, written by someone who fancies herself witty but simply suffers from verbal diarrhea
Julie doesn't like her job (as 50% of people in the world I think).
Julie had only one boyfriend, now her husband, so she didn't live the changing-bf-phase of half of her friends (oh well!).
Julie is basically unhappy with her life (as many people in the world).
So what makes then Julie different from any average unhappy woman in the rest of the world? The BIG difference is that she decided to do something about her unhappiness, to make a change. How many of us do that?
And it is not that she actually managed to cook 524 recipes in 1 year while keeping on with her "normal" life (and we are talking about French cooking from Julia Child!), it is the personal growth that she undertook while cooking, it is the risk she exposed her self to that make the difference; the risk of loosing her job, loosing her husband, loosing her "easy" life.
Even though I took ages (for my standard) to read this book, it is a very nice reading, that every person that undertook, willing to or scared to making a change should read.
"So that night I made my New Year's resolution, better late than never: To Get Over My Damned Self. If I was going to follow Julia down this rabbit hole, I was going to enjoy it, by God-exhaustion, crustacean murder, and all. Because not everybody gets a rabbit hole. I was one lucky bastard, when you came down to it"....Continua
It's gonna be my obsession. Ops, not, I'm sorry: it's my obsession already.