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Eten, bidden, beminnen by Elizabeth Gilbert

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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Read the first time December 13 - 21, 2010. Original review:

I've heard pretty mixed reviews about this book, so I finally felt like I needed to read it, if only to see how I feel about it compared to everyone else.

I liked it well enough. I didn't think it was amazing, although I do think her story is amazing. I would love to be able to have that kind of spiritual journey myself. A lot of people have said they thought she was selfish, and I didn't think that. Don't know if I feel like seeing the movie, which is weird because I do love Julia Roberts, but we'll see.

Read again December 2014 - January 2015. Updated review:

1. I love Liz Gilbert's voice, and I always like listening to memoirs narrated by the author. However:

2. She does character voices, and sometimes that gets awkward. I hated listening to her do Indian accents, I got sick of Richard from Texas's drawl, and I couldn't stand the surfer-speak with Yudhi. Why does he talk like that?? Didn't he learn English in New York?

3. I got a little tired of the meditation this time around, too. The spiritual aspects didn't resonate with me the way they did my first time through, so while I could appreciate her journey from a distance, it did end up being a bit much. I still enjoyed it, but Italy was by far my favorite section, and by the end of Bali I was ready for it to be over.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This was a suprise enjoyment. My friend recommended it and I squeezed it in just before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The author is introspective, honest, and hilarious! She presents her failed marriage, her spirtuality and new love in such a way that you can't help but like her and identify with her. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
This was a suprise enjoyment. My friend recommended it and I squeezed it in just before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The author is introspective, honest, and hilarious! She presents her failed marriage, her spirtuality and new love in such a way that you can't help but like her and identify with her. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
This was a suprise enjoyment. My friend recommended it and I squeezed it in just before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The author is introspective, honest, and hilarious! She presents her failed marriage, her spirtuality and new love in such a way that you can't help but like her and identify with her. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
I finally got around to reading this by checking it out as a library ebook on my nook. I have to be honest - I wasn't expecting much - when something is soooo popular I tend to have pretty low expectations. ;)

Having said that - I pretty much loved it. I had no idea it would be so laugh-out-loud funny! Gilbert has such a relaxed, conversational yet brutally honest way of writing. I found it to be totally engaging the whole way through. ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 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
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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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