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Eten, bidden, beminnen (original 2006; edition 2008)

by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Title:Eten, bidden, beminnen
Authors:Elizabeth Gilbert
Info:Amsterdam Cargo 2008
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)

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Ok I made it to page 94 and had to stop. Let me tell you how I felt before that point. I thought the book was okay. I enjoyed her explaining about the food in Italy and skimming over parts of her finding and talking to God in the bathroom.

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/117850.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Dec 3, 2016 |
I'd love to take a long trip like this. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
I really enjoyed the messages of this book, though the author often uses obscene language and there are a couple of parts that are a little too explicit for my taste. If you get get around that stuff, though, there's so much in this book to enjoy. ( )
  benandhil | Sep 28, 2016 |
I had to take away half a star for the first third of the book. The author seems almost irrevocably juvenile, co-dependant, and immature until a short time in the second part of the book. However, she shows an astounding amount of growth over a relatively short amount of time (a year) for a nonfictional character.
Her voyage is incredible, though all of Italy felt out of place to me, and anything to do with her divorce just seemed very bitter and was painful to read (not a painful-empathetic/sympathetic way, but painful in an "oh, god...I can't believe I'm watching this crap unfold" kind of way). That whole part almost feels like the author is just seeking justification from her audience that she's the good-guy and her hubby was an evil asshole. It's just not something I wanted to get involved in. Most people would have been happy for the author to simply gloss over her failed marriage and start off in Italy with a brief - "due to relationship traumas, I needed to find myself and learn to love again." Instead, she airs out every piece of dirty laundry possible (so I guess despite the great growth she goes through in the story, she's still just really immature for throwing in such a needless background history). ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 10, 2016 |
A great book about Elizabeth's journey to find herself - humorous and at times sad but beautifully written and descriptive. It made me want to travel and experience more in life. ( )
  CarolineHemingway | Aug 23, 2016 |
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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
Dedication
For Susan Brown--
who provided refuge
even from 12,000 miles away
First words
When you're traveling in India -- especially through holy sites and Ashrams -- you see a lot of people wearing beads around their necks.
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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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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