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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
Tags:Read, Read in 2010

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)

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From the cobblestone streets of Italy, the aroma of pizza and cannolis filling the air, to a Balinese medicine man’s front porch, Elizabeth Gilbert is on the path to finding herself, in her memoir Eat, Pray, Love. After a pitiful divorce, then a tragic romance with the infamous David, Liz is in desperate need of an escape. First to Rome, in a small apartment in the heart of the city, where she indulges of the beauty of the language and the magic of a good friendship, or two. Then to an ashram in India, where she finds God through yoga and meets Richard from Texas. A unique, but extremely lovable, and authentic character who leaves a lasting impacting on Liz, or as called by Richard, “Groceries”. The last stop on her one year vacation is Bali. Liz had been told by her good friend, the Medicine Man, previously, that she was to return to Bali and stay with him at his home. The plan wasn’t completely concrete as Liz ended up staying at a hotel instead. While on the gorgeous island, she met her friend Wayan, a healer, and her Brazilian lover.
Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most lovable writers, with a witty disposition, that does not fail to surface in her writing. Though this does not mean the book was all fun and games. Her thoughts, on faith and love, will surely make you question your own. When describing her time in Italy, Liz drags on about the joys of an authentic meal, and the pleasure of becoming sufficient in Italian, though that is all. There wasn’t much appeal to that section of the story for me, because she and I do not share the same level of interest in food. Her time spent in the ashram I found completely captivating though. Richard from Texas, a fellow attendee of the ashram, stands as my favorite character, because of his unique sense of humor, and superior relationship advice. Also the Yogic perspective of God is explained, and that is one that has always held my interest. Her days in Bali were easily the most informative. While keeping the reader entertained, Liz provides worldly knowledge, gained from experience, on finding the balance that leads to a happy, healthy, life. Eat, Pray, Love is the perfect read for anyone, interested in one woman’s roadmap to something we all desire, happiness. ( )
  avebbr14 | Oct 29, 2014 |
I really liked this book, it has this amazingly simple prose, some perfect phrases. Really this book is a memoir, really it is a journey of one woman. But, it's hard not to take this into your own life, I don't think it really is a self help book or take is Scott the reader but by chronicling the events or does become that. Also, I like how or defines us as people on what we like and who we want to be, whether we/one like the spirituality of India, the decadence of Italy or the adoration Bali. Of nothing else, or reminds me why I meditate ( )
  Lorem | Oct 13, 2014 |
I was already enthusiastic about the prospects of Eat Pray Love and I have to say that my expectations were completely fulfilled. I found myself smiling while I was reading and nodding my head at the nuggets of wisdom she gleaned along her journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. This is a book which will lighten your heart and your spirit. It will also make you want to pick up and immediately begin traveling on your own spiritual pilgrimage. I've been telling anyone and everyone that they need to read this book (and now I'm telling you!). ( )
  AliceaP | Oct 1, 2014 |
The worst book I have ever read. I would never go so far to say someone got a divorce to write a book; however, it seemed as if everything else she did in this book was to write a book. Huge waste of time. I won't lie, I couldn't even finish it. This is about the time I completely stopped trusting Oprah when it comes to books. ( )
  KatieEmilySmith | Sep 23, 2014 |
I didn't expect to enjoy this book. I had read the reviews, heard the praise and I had also heard the critiques, which were dooming.
I wouldn't say I LOVED this book, but I definitely enjoyed it. The transformation of the author was fascinating to watch. The beauty of her journey amazing. And the people she meets along the way! What I wouldn't give to be able to meet those same colorful characters.
Enchanting book. She also has an incredible way of explaining things. For instance, in the beginning when she gives depression and loneliness personalities, turns the two into these people imposing on her ideal self. I love the way she thinks.
I took one star away for the slow parts. There are a few sections that kind of drag. I took another star away for the fact that I didn't finish saying "I need to own this book." I borrowed this from the library, it will return there this afternoon and unless I find it for a quarter at a lawn sale I doubt I'll ever own it. And I'm okay with that, which means it can't be a five star book. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 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
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Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.
----Sheryl Louise Moller
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.
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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