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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy,… (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Title:Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Authors:Elizabeth Gilbert
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2007), Edition: Later Printing, Paperback, 352 pages
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)

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If the book had just been Italy and India, I probably would've given it 4 stars...but Indonesia really dragged for me. ( )
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
So I'm in the second book and I need to stop, though interesting it's also boring and slightly depressing ( )
  StarKnits | Feb 6, 2019 |
I was skeptical about this book, thinking I was too sophisticated to like something so popular. I was wrong, and it was an enjoyable read. ( )
  jezebelr | Jan 21, 2019 |
One more book to prove that a bestseller is not necessarily a good book. When I got to the second part of the book about India, I just gave up, Maybe because I'm not so interested in trying to get into meditation, perhaps because this part didn't describe India but rather a remote ashram where the writer decided to do yoga. In any case, all the descriptions of the author's attempts to silence the thoughts in her mind for 36 chapters (short though) It was tiring and I admit I missed some of those episodes.
It should note that the third part of the book written about Indonesia delivered some of the goods for me. All in all, this book is three stars minus. ( )
  Ramonremires | Jan 14, 2019 |
Not only did I not like this book, I pretty much hated it. This is the first book I've finished that I hated. Most books I am not enjoying I stop reading. I had HOPED the author would have had significant growth.
My first thoughts on this book were:
I feel like putting duct tape over this self-absorbed whiny, you know what. Please tell me it gets better; that she "evolves" and becomes a better human being. Also, that the title of the book should have been, Me, Me and More of Me.

What can I write that others have not? Probably not much, if anything. I will touch on the positive aspects first: two pages about a teen-age girl in India and her minimal growth in Bali, (but then she threw it down the toilet, when she didn't keep her promise to herself.) AND the fact she got of medication. (that is huge!)

At the end though she gives far TMI that turns into soft porn. I can say I finished it and I hated it from the beginning and had high hopes in Bali only to be thrown against the coral she mentioned on the beaches of Bali.

Now, what to do with the book....???? Shall I shred each and every page and recycle it in the compost? or shall I save it for fire starter in the winter? Decisions, decisions.

Why was this book so popular? ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
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Gilbert is suffering from shattered confidence. Who hasn't been there? Who hasn't cried on a bathroom floor, sure that our life is over at 32? Gilbert's beauty is that she isn't exceptional; she's just an ordinary gal with a broken heart and gift for writing.
 
Lacking a ballast of gravitas or grit, the book lists into the realm of magical thinking: nothing Gilbert touches seems to turn out wrong; not a single wish goes unfulfilled. What's missing are the textures and confusion and unfinished business of real life, as if Gilbert were pushing these out of sight so as not to come off as dull or equivocal or downbeat.
 
This book started out as the movie did, interesting, exciting, and drew me in but the
story kind of fell flat at the end for me. I was
disappointed even though I did understand that
this woman was going through a life changing
process.
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Epigraph
Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.*
----Sheryl Louise Moller

Except when attempting to solve emergency Balinese real estate transactions, such as described in Book 3.
Dedication
For Susan Brown--
who provided refuge
even from 12,000 miles away
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When you're traveling in India -- especially through holy sites and Ashrams -- you see a lot of people wearing beads around their necks. (Introduction)
I wish Giovanni would kiss me.
A few months after I'd left Indonesia, I returned to visit loved ones and celebrate the Christmas and New Year's holiday. (Final Recognition and Reassurance)
Quotations
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.
...I don't care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn't. If faith were rational, it wouldn't be—by definition—faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.
Man is neither entirely a puppet of the gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he's a little of both.
Culturally, though not theologically, I'm a Christian.
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Op haar dertigste heeft Elizabeth alles wat een moderne vrouw zich maar kan wensen: een echtgenoot, een huis en een succesvolle carrière. Maar in plaats van gelukkig te zijn wordt ze overspoeld door paniek, verdriet en verwarring. 
Twee jaar later, na een bittere echtscheiding en een hevige depressie, besluit Elizabeth een radicale stap te nemen: ze gaat een jaar lang alleen op reis. Op haar zoektocht naar evenwicht en geluk doet ze drie landen aan. In Italië leert ze la dolce vita kennen, in India verdiept ze zich in meditatie en schrobt ze tempelvloeren, en in Indonesië ontdekt ze de balans tussen ernst en lichtvoetigheid – en ontmoet ze haar grote liefde.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038419, Paperback)

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 three 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.

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Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, a journey that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature and learn the art of spiritual balance.

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