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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and… (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 Books (2007), Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)

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Es una historia muy amena de una mujer común y corriente de nuestra época que enfrenta cuestionamientos fruto de su edad y de lo que persigue como sueños. Es una novela que nos lleva a través de la misma experiencia de la escritora, las etapas de vida que tiene que vivir, sufrir y sobrellevar.

Una mujer casada, estable económicamente y socialmente que de pronto se da cuenta que lo que está viviendo, no es lo que realmente ella quiere y terminar con eso se vuelve toda una odisea y un autodescubrimiento de su propio yo.

Me encantó leer todo el flujo de momentos que vive Elizabeth para encontrar lo que tanto necesitaba, paz y equilibrio en sí misma, en su propia mente, cuerpo y persona.

Me gusto del libro la parte en que Elizabeth explora la meditación como forma de reencontrarse a si misma, me gusto porque es una forma que muchos podemos adoptar para poder asentar nuestra mente en momentos de tranquilidad.

Mis partes del libro favoritas las encuentro en las páginas siguientes: pág. 94 cuando se refiere a la forma de ser de su madre y de su padre desde casados. Pág. 117, elección de la palabra que identifica a las ciudades y a las personas, particularmente me gusto mucho la palabra que identificaba a Liz y terminó descubriendo al final de la historia, Attraversiamo.

Pág. 146, lo que los monjes Budistas llaman la mente del mono, la forma en que en nuestra cabeza los pensamientos que generamos saltan de una forma y de un sentimiento a otro, como lo hacen los monos saltando de rama en rama. Me gusto descubrir como se le llama a esta condición, porque de lleno me ocurre a todo momento cuando estoy trabajando o concentrada en la lectura, por eso me terminó gustando la parte de la meditación que Liz explora.

Pág. 155, de aquí desprendo la fascinación por la meditación ya que ésta página aborda una forma simple de meditar, después de leerla y saber la expresión en sánscrito Ham-sa, yo soy eso, la he tratado de realizar.

Pág. 200, el poema del poeta fontanero, es un valor agregado a la historia, bellos pensamientos que traen aura de positivismo.
Pág.220, postulado de Liz sobre la religión, la historia del monje y su forma de meditar acompañado por el gato, un relato parecido Coelho escribió también.

Pág. 247, el acercamiento con el personaje de Ketut, conocer la genealogía de su familia y de como se convirtió en lo que es y siempre seguirá siendo, curandero.

Pág. 277, una de las frases preferidas del libro y con la que estoy de acuerdo, “la felicidad es consecuencia de un esfuerzo personal". Si te limpias por dentro para liberarte del sufrimiento, es como si lo quitaras de en medio. Dejas de ser un obstáculo, no solo para ti mismo, sino para todos los demás. Solo entonces estarás libre para poder servir a otros y disfrutar de ellos".

Pág. 319, la realidad machista de Bali, lo que las mujeres de esa sociedad tienen que hacer para enfrentar los problemas que no suelen ser de ellas, sino del hombre Balines, interesante aspecto cultural.

Realmente tengo que decirlo el libro es mucho mejor que la película, y claro está porque el libro ofrece un mayor número de detalles que hacen que uno como lectora se sienta más identificada con el personaje o con la historia en sí. Para culminar, la llegada del amor a la vida de Liz, es un reflejo de completar el círculo de la felicidad y la estabilidad, muy emocionante saber de Felipe el brasileño, me dejo impactada. En esta parte es más emocionante en la película, porque introduce a Felipe con una bossa nova preciosa, sin lugar a dudas un gran plus.

Este libro sin lugar a dudas me ha fascinado y llega a ser uno de mis favoritos.

Espero que esta descripción de mi lectura de este libro y/o película, les motive a querer leerlo.
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  Pamelangeles | Jul 3, 2014 |
I'm having a hard time putting into words my thoughts and feelings about Eat, Pray, Love. I enjoyed it so much that I literally can't find the words to do it justice. I could tell you that I saw myself a lot in this book, and was equal parts delighted at the author's courage - her absolute pluckiness of spirit - and at the same time, envious that she had the insight and fortitude to know instinctively what she needed to do in order to survive after her divorce.

Elizabeth Gilbert's journey of self-discovery (how lame does that sound... anyway...) makes for an engrossing and entertaining read. I absorbed her story with ease, and now that I have finished, all I want to do is to pick it back up from the beginning. Eat, Pray, Love is both a chronicle of spiritual awakening and a beautifully woven and inspiring story of a woman learning to find balance within herself. I absolutely loved this book and I hope you do as well. ( )
  susanbevans | Jul 1, 2014 |
The author does try to be cute and that is annoying. I can however appreciate her desire to find something outside herself that ultimately helps her just be.

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  miezetatze | Jun 28, 2014 |
I liked parts of this book(the Italy part), but wasn't a fan of the rest. Perhaps it's because I found it hard to sympathize. There were some beautifully written parts though. ( )
  Stormydawnc | Jun 23, 2014 |
Read 2008.
I was one of the embarrassing people who actually liked this book and found it useful. A yoga teacher recommended it to me. It was the sort of populist cheesy thing I would usually sneer at, but it turned out to be just right for where I was at the time when I picked it up a few months later, and I did / do have some traits in common with the frequently maligned author.

The book's basic phases of an attention to non-sexual sensuality, meditation and voluntary work, and greater extroversion and openness to different people and different ways of doing things are still pretty sound for someone who needs to sort themselves out and has some free time, and it isn't necessary to travel to apply it. Yes it is pretty self-focused / selfish - but therapy is and needs to be, and its goal isn't to stay that way forever. It's also about the paradoxes of a certain kind of personality that has been focusing on what they think everybody else says they should do, yet may come across as self-centred - but still has to get a better idea of themselves and what they individually want and need, to get out of a funk and be better able to turn outwards and be useful in and enjoy life. Eat Pray Love could be a throwaway all-expenses paid travel memoir, or an early step to something more serious and profound (in psychology, or yoga or Buddhism or something) but it doesn't have to be total crap. ( )
  antonomasia | Jun 18, 2014 |
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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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Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.
----Sheryl Louise Moller
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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.
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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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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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