Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Julie & Julia

I won this book from a blog giveaway a few months back. It sounded like something that I would like...a story of a girl spending a year cooking her way through a Julia Child cookbook and her experiences. Plus, it was being made into a movie so it had to be good, right?

Let me take you now to how the back cover of the book describes it...
Nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell resolved to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves' livers and aspic, but a new life--lived with gusto.

Sounds interesting, right?

Now here are my feelings about this book...
I am utterly and completely frustrated by it! In one respect it is absolutely engaging and interesting and downright hilarious in some spots, but in another it is so full of unnecessary junk. Sure, there's the constant swearing and lewd and raunchy sexual content, but that wasn't even the part that bothered me the most (although, let me make it clear that it really did bother me). The thing that had me cringing throughout and almost kept me from finishing it was the blasphemy. It was so blatant and frankly, disturbing. I just don't get it? Why do you take this otherwise great story with so many funny and relatable moments and throw in such hateful aspects? It literally took a book that I would have loved and highly recommended to people and made me feel almost ashamed to have read it and made me want to tell people not to read it. Of course, if you aren't a Christian, I guess you wouldn't find it offensive or disturbing in the least, but I did. And seeing that most of my blog readers are Christians, I thought it only fair to warn them of what the book contained. Seriously, I'm completely frustrated by it.

So, do I recommend reading this book? Nope, sure don't. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, not even the non-Christians I know, because why would I support something like that? I know there are going to be people who read this and think I'm being all extreme and maybe even "Jesus freakish" and I am 100% comfortable with that and confident in my feelings about it. So, if you have something nasty or negative to say, please take it elsewhere, because that's not what this blog is about. A large part of what it is about is my love for the Lord and that my friends, I am not willing to compromise.


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I just received this in the mail a few days ago. I too thought it would be a great book. Like you, I don't enjoy reading a book with swearing etc. but I can handle it if it doesn't get to raunchy. But blasphemy? Are you kidding me???? Even if that's the way the author thinks, I don't understand why she would put it in her book!

Anonymous said...

BTW: Congratulations on your first review. And thanks for the warning!!

LLJ said...

I felt the same way during the movie Danielle! I couldn't believe the crud was added in what should have just been fun!

Jodi said...

I had this on my list to read, but now I will just cancel it from the library. Thanks for the heads up!