Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Book - 2007
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Like many others, around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. Although she had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want, including a husband, a home, and a successful career as a magazine writer, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. This is an account of her yearlong worldwide pursuit of pleasure, spiritual devotion, guidance, and what she really wanted out of life.
Publisher: New York, N,Y. ; Toronto, Ont. : Penguin, 2007
ISBN: 9780143038412
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 22 cm

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tsinkhorn
Mar 23, 2017

I love this book for the adventure Liz took me on. What a great escape. I learned how to meditate, too. Bonus!

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mygirl1
Oct 15, 2016

Book was boring too much into herself! India well I skipped most of it, and the only reason I went on to the Bali part was because I just got back from there and was interested to see what she had to say about it! Some folk obviously liked it, but not my style of writing that`s for sure, wont be reading any of her other books!

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jl_beins
Jul 14, 2016

An exploration through the mind, body and spirit. Well being taught through the words of Elizabeth Gilbert filled me with wonder, excitement and an urgency to explore my own thoughts and reactions. She also painted her experiences abroad so vividly I felt as if I were there with her, exploring the streets of Rome while cleaning a bathroom, meditating in an ashram in India while driving to a friends house, or listening to the old medicine man give me wisdom while typing a report. It was all so enchanting and revealing, I want to read it again and again!

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cutemegz
Mar 17, 2016

I am not sure what the hype was about, It was an easy read some aspects very touching but Elizabeth Gilberts writing can become extremely annoying. After reading this novel I have no will to read any of her other works.

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law777
Dec 03, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. After going through a divorce myself I could relate to so much of this book and the journey towards finding yourself again after a marriage breakdown. An inspirational read for anyone who has found themselves lost at one point in life.

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Joyce0593
Jul 13, 2015

I enjoyed the first two sections, but by the third and final, Gilbert's self-indulgence becomes weary, and I was ready for her trip, and the book, to end. She does provide good descriptions and I might try one of her other books in which the focus is not Gilbert.

The rule Richard from Texas applies to India should also apply to this book. "Don't touch anything but yourself," and certainly not this book.

After eight years of marriage, a realization that she doesn't want children, and probably due to many other more serious reasons that are unnamed in the book, Liz calls a divorce with her husband. In the middle of the divorce process, Liz finds sexy, irresistible David, and falls head-over-heels in love. Liz eventually gets addicted to David's love, and later with his wavering attention span on her, she spends nights crying on the bathroom floor and writing in her notebook to herself (this is going to happen more times than one can imagine). Finally, Liz's divorce finally settles, she calls it off with David, and she is free to finally travel and learn the balance between worldly and spiritual desires.

Though Eat, Pray, Love is a nice memoir about a woman's spiritual journey, the book also rubs me the wrong way with a few racist comments, more than enough scenes of Liz crying on the bathroom floor, and way too many random facts and tidbits that bore me half to death. The part on Italy was captivating, but I had to fight my way through just to finish the part on India, only to find that I was once again forcing myself to finish Indonesia.

I would not recommend this book to you unless you want to know about the fountains of Rome, prayers in Sanskrit from India, or medicinal herbs used in Indonesia.

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readyrisa
May 18, 2015

What a glorious audio book... loved "reading" the book, too...but hearing it read by the author who has such a pleasant voice is a wonderful experience itself!

Italy, or, "Say it like you eat it," or, 36 tales about the pursuit of pleasure -- India, or, "Congratulations to meet you," or, 36 tales about the pursuit of devotion -- Indonesia, or, "Even in my underpants, I feel different," or, 36 tales about the pursuit of balance.

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erinsnest
Jan 03, 2015

I was so bored in the movie that I fell asleep. So....I didn't read this book!

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"Because God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies..."

Laura_X May 15, 2015

But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one's life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?

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twilightsunset
Jul 09, 2014

"To find the balance you want," Ketut spoke through his translator, "this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly that it's like you have four legs instead of two....But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart..," (34)

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redwallflower
May 19, 2010

"L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.

The love that moves the sun and the other stars."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

"You got to stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone 'oughtta be."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

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redwallflower
May 19, 2010

"When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

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redwallflower
May 19, 2010

"Dear me, how I love a library."
— Elizabeth Gilbert

"Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

"Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

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