Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat Pray Love One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy India and Indonesia Author:Elizabeth Gilbert A celebrated writer’s irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life — Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to... more » want -- a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world -- all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way -- unexpectedly.
An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.« less
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Sheila M. (Page5) reviewed Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia on
Helpful Score: 15
This book has received great reviews but I thought it was so-so; I skipped half of the section on Italy because it was not interesting to me. All the whining and crying about her failed marriage wore a little thin. The sections on India and Indonesia were a little more appealing. And, I really did not need/want to know the details of her bladder infection after several encounters with her new boyfriend . . .
Gretchen C. reviewed Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia on
Helpful Score: 15
Elizabeth Gilbert is a privileged woman with no real problems in love with her own teenage style drama. She manages to visit countries with high poverty rates where people struggle to find food and clean drinking water and drolly jokes that it's not so bad because their life expectancy is shorter than ours. I'm disgusted that I paid for this book.
At one point this narcissistic, self-absorbed, spoiled brat of an author comes to the realization that what's going on in her head just isn't that interesting. I couldn't agree more wholeheartedly and stopped reading right there. As Oprah has said, "When someone tells you who they are, believe them. The first time."
I tried and tried but could not get into this book. It is split into 3 sections on her travels to three countries: Italy, India, and Indonesia. I did not click with Gilbert at all and found her annoying, repetitive,and not to mention whiny and too self-deprecating by the end of her Italy travels. And so, I moved on to India, but could not continue. Sorry, not for me I guess!
This is such a wonderful book and an engaging read. After a harrowing divorce and breakup, the author goes on a journey to find pleasure through eating, meditates/does yoga to experience God, and then finds balance in her life among everything (and is able to find love). I completely loved the part where she attempts to describe the "indescribable" happiness that everyone searches for. Beauty writing. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Italian food and/or is open to eastern spiritual experiences.
Maybe i am missing something but i thought this book was just plain boring. The women whines the entire book about how bad her life is instead of enjoying the wonderful places she is staying. Really annoying.