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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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    elizabeth.a.coates: This is a way better book than Eat Pray Love. A similar premise but written well. The main character decides to go on a journey around the world and research how people are single in different countries. Humourous and endearing!
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I found this book very relatable which is strange considering I'm a 24 year old single engineer. I think it was how she handled her depression and how she was able to move on from it. It's an inspiring book for all ages and I loved everything about it.
  SaraEllen | Jul 3, 2015 |
"The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels." ( )
  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
No-recomendado por Lau



Me propongo leer de principio a fin libros considerados "malos". Mi intención es encontrar al menos UNA cualidad buena en ellos y reseñarlos objetivamente siguiendo 20 puntos a desarrollar brevemente. (Los puntos varían según el género del que se trate.)


Si tienen ganas de No-recomendarme otros libros
pueden comentar acá o ACÁ. ¡Cualquier género es bienvenido! Cuanto más variado, mejor :)
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
I didn't want to like this book. I resisted it for more than a year, until I saw it on the book-exchange table that my apartment building keeps in the laundry room, and I decided it was time to read it. I wanted it to be pretentious, poorly written, full of chick-lit pseudo-wisdom.

To my surprise, I connected with it.

So much of my story is similar to Gilbert's that friends encouraged me to have an "Eat, Pray, Love" adventure, and I felt embarrassed, boring, a failure, for staying put and rebuilding my life in place. I had to read the book to realize that it took Gilbert several years after leaving her husband to set out around the world. First she had to endure depression and a failed love affair. I felt better, but not because of schadenfreude. I had created an impossible standard for myself.

This single paragraph made the book worth reading for me:

"Virginia Woolf wrote, 'Across the broad continent of a woman's life falls the shadow of a sword.' On one side of that sword, she said, there lies convention and tradition and order, where 'all is correct.' But on the other side of that sword, if you're crazy enough to cross it and choose a life that does not follow convention, 'all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course.' Her argument was that the crossing of the shadow of that sword may bring a far more interesting existence to a woman, but you can bet it will also be more perilous."

Woolf is right, and having lived it, I appreciated having someone else put it into words.

Yes, Gilbert's voice can get grating at times, particularly when God appears to be speaking to her ("I love you, I am always here for you," and so on). Most of the time, she was a funny and self-deprecating guide through her journey. Like many readers, I questioned her decision to jump back into a relationship with Felipe. It seemed like she had done all this work to understand and strengthen herself, only to slip back into a situation where she was looking for someone else to take care of her. Yet by judging her, aren't I following the same pattern that she criticizes, saying that I know best how another woman should live her life? I wish her well and look forward to reading her novel. ( )
  amymerrick | Jun 3, 2015 |
Snoozed through the movie, enjoyed the book. I'm glad I read it before the hype, because the hullaballoo homogenized what is really an interesting and provocative exploration. ( )
  LauraCLM | May 6, 2015 |
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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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