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Eat Pray Love One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy India and Indonesia Author:Elizabeth Gilbert This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study thre... more »e different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls "Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister") is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.« less
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Karen G. (Catloverontheporch) - , reviewed Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia on
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I've tried very hard to finish this book. I hate not to finish something I've started and I may make it yet. But this has to be one of the worst books I've come across in a long time. I picked it up because I was blinded by the hype, I admit. I thought there had to something interesting in this woman's year of self-discovery, especially to such diverse countries. She pretty much sums it up herself though when she says "What I'm alarmed to find in meditation is that my mind is actually not that interesting a place, after all." And I'm sorry to say, neither is this book. I don't think I'll buy any of the perfume either.
I didn't expect much from this book because of all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the author was self-absorbed and the cause of most of her problems, that was the point. This book was her story of her journey, how could it not be self absorbed?
It appears that after her year of introspection she discovered it wasn't anyone elses fault she didn't like her life and figured out what she wanted. Ok, so she had the ability to indulge a year of her life to try to figure things out - lucky her. However, many people spend their entire lives try and never figure out how to balance their checkbook let alone how to be content. Good for her.
I liked her friendly humerous style of writing and found this to be quite a pleasant read. While I am not consumed with the desire to run off to an asharam in India I wouldn't mind a few months in Italy.
Dee C. (rmanchego) - , reviewed Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia on
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A shallow, self-absorbed woman with a book advance writes about a long vacation. I did not like the main character at all and after reading this cetainly don't plan to see the movie. Plus, as I understand it she milked it for a sequel with her lover turned husband.
This woman reminded me of the woman who wrote Julie and Julia (Julie Powell), another self-absorbed woman whose book I did not enjoy.
I enjoyed most of this book. I think that the movie portrays her as rather shallow and self-indulged, but in reading the book I could truly understand her angst when she realized that her life was just not worth living the way she had until that moment. Depression is not a pretty place, and she's not afraid of showing that.
There is a depth to her self-discovery in the first part of the book that is not as evident toward the latter part but, nevertheless, it is an interesting journey of self-discovery, of letting go of the safe, expected path and letting go of fear.
It is thought provoking rather than entertaining.