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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Nov 27, 2018

After an embarrassingly long time reading this book (only because it was so terribly uninteresting) I finally managed to finish it. The first section - Italy is the best part of the book so if you find it hard to get through, then take my advice and put this book down....forever. The second part of the book- India is best likened to the Gurugita (182 verses of meditation) and I pushed through it to get to the third section in Indonesia because now I was more than half way through and the book couldn’t possibly be any worse right? Wrong!

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

Eat, Pray, Love is a magnificent memoir about how facing the truth of who you want to be opens the heart and mind to the deepest secrets of the self. Gilbert’s candor and honesty feel almost confessional as she examines the pain of her life in excruciating detail. The openness with which she tackles her personal turmoil allows for a fascinating study of her own mind. Sharing her most intimate feelings about regret and failure allow readers to engage with her at every moment of her journey across three continents. Chronicling her life from the time of her devastating divorce and her subsequent love affair afterward with another man, Gilbert reveals her shattered self as a lost soul, clinically depressed and suicidal. To find reconciliation and begin healing, she travels first to Italy, where she immerses in the pleasure of indulgent eating and the desire to speak Italian. Leaving Italy after four months, she stays at an ashram in India, practicing and studying the path to her inner voice. The final leg of her journey takes her to Indonesia, where she finally encounters a lasting chance to love again. This book is a brilliant recollection of a quest to discover one’s self. Gilbert’s story has the bearing of an unforgettable travel narrative and a profound memoir that reaches the standards of a classic.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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?

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

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)

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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