Book Review: Eat Pray Love by:Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia-By Elizabeth (Author) Gilbert

Publisher: Penguin

Publish Date: ?

Origins: Purchased

Format: Paperback

Blurb: 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 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.

Review in 5: Awe-inspiring, Life-changing, Beautiful, Memoir, Lovely

Review: My feelings for this book are exact opposites at different times. I actually made the mistake of reading some of the other reviews of this book before I started mine. I definitely believe there are many people out there who are feeling the same as I do about this book. The first part of me is jealous of this woman who can drop her entire life and go away for a year to do whatever she wants at her heart's content. The other half of me is jealous of her ability to see the world and spirituality in a completely different way than myself.

I read a lot of reviews saying that this book is very self-centered toward the author and stuff like that, but seeing as this book is about her life for a year I completely understand and expect that. Let me go into detail about the feelings I have upon completing this book: I am jealous of the peace this women has found upon her excursion and her ability to change so completely as to have been able to find this peace and understanding.

I love the way she sees her religion and spirituality and the way she spreads her views out so that others can fit their own deities and religions into her practices if someone were so inclined. I wish I had the sort of clarity she gains. Also, after reading this I want to learn to meditate and I just might one day. Hopefully. Anyway, I think that is all I have to say about this book. I loved it because it opened my eyes to a way that a person can experience their spirituality in every moment of everyday and not just when it is convenient for them and I fully intend to strive for that ability.

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  1. I loved this book--listened to it on audiobook (she read it herself)! It was an excellent telling of the things that she has gone through :)

  2. I TOTALLY loved this book, and read it for an online book club last month. I absolutely agree with you. I'm glad you read it, and I think more people should! :)

  3. This seems to be a love it or hate it book - it definitely was that way with my book club. :) I'm glad that you connected with it though; it's always a treat to find books that really make an impact on us.

  4. I loved this book. It's one of the few over the years that I've actually made my mom read, too.


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