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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Books | October 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia is rated 3.9188 out of 5 by 271.
A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.38 × 5.63 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143038419

ISBN - 13: 9780143038412

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gilbert is brilliant, exquisite and fascinating. Eat, Pray, Love was hands-down the best book I've read in a long, long while. The last time a book had such an impact on me was 5-6 years ago when I read The Lovely Bones. And that was a daunting impact. This book was more enlightening, uplifting, like wise words from a prescient grandmother. It took me a few days to finish because I went over a few pages to make sure I was absorbing their full meaning and not just reading them. The words leap off the page and jump at you, full of light and significant content. The author is simply remarkable at exploiting her anguish, pain, uncertainty, overall ups and downs (mostly downs at first) and making us feel as if we were a piece of her. She pulls the reader in by making her everything relatable, from her joy to her frustration, by vividly describing surroundings and circumstances. If I had a literary godmother, she would bestow this book upon me and make me study it because it is a mind altering read that really makes you reconsider a lot of things such as belief, faith, resilience, spirituality, mind, conscience and most importantly, self.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Surprising Love I read this book because I'd rather read about a story than watch it. This book did not disappoint. Not my typical storyline but I really enjoyed the honesty in the book.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect!!! This book made my shed a few tears :)
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book was a wonderful refuge for me to read. It helped me gain clarity from a view I wouldn't have thought of. The way the main character derived inspiration from the little things in life, allowed me the same benefit.
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Getaway from Reality There are already so many reviews on this wonderful book, so my word of advice is: Read the book first and see the movie later!
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I Just Don't Get It I'm sorry, but I just didn't get it. There was absolutely nothing I could relate to in this book (which I guess is good for me) so it made it a very looonnng book. I cannot recommend.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read! I really enjoyed reading Eat Pray Love. Elizabeth Gilbert had me captivated right from the start. I think it makes a big difference when you can relate in one way or another to a character in the story. I wouldn’t call this a book you would want to sink into if you are looking for a “romance”; it’s really about a woman who is trying to find herself. She struggles with depression and goes through a divorce. After which she travels around the world eating good food and learning a new language, finding God, and her life partner. Through reading this book I found myself wanting to experience the food, serenity, and sights of Italy, India, and Bali. I was inspired by the journey she takes the reader on. Now in saying that I really enjoyed the book there were parts that I found a bit stretched out and slow. There was a lot written on her views of spirituality, which I don’t totally agree on. I do believe in God and I did agree with some of her views on meditation and forgiving, I give the writer credit for referencing her beliefs. Altogether I found this book engaging and adventurous, the title was very appropriately named. I could read it over again and again and still appreciate it.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring I am currently reading this book and find it extremely boring. I do not understand all the hype for this book.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love Being a Foodie this is one of those books you feel obligated to read. With a title like "Eat Pray Love" how can a Foodie resist or deny the desire to read about eating in Italy...what an experience that would be. Elizabeth Gilbert takes the reader on a journey to Italy, India and Bali. She is divorced and also just recently left a relationship and is on this journey to find herself. In Italy she finds food and bigger jeans. She learns the language and how to "do nothing" something we North Americans are not capable of. I agree with her we do not eat pleasurable soul stretching food, nor do we truly know how to do nothing. In India she finds meditation and that God is in you, if you seek your God inside yourself and forgive. In Bali she finds love and compassion. While in Bali she is able to help a healer and her daughter and two orphans taken in by this healer, by raising money via her friends to buy them a house. And she finds her soul mate. This book definitely has its moments that are inspiring and funny, but I do find the author just a tad whiny and annoying at some points in the book. Does the book inspire me to new heights...no not really, did it touch me emotionally...no, did I find God...nope, already done that, did it make me hungry...YES...this book for a certainty makes me want to hop on a plane and go eat in Italy and eat gelato and pasta and bread and olive oil.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Uncertain Elizabeth Gilbert is a really good writer but I still had to absolutely slog through to the end of her annoying book. I did so with the faint hope that maybe there would be some last minute clue about all the hype —or that maybe Gilbert would finally wake up one morning and say “Hey, maybe it’s not all about me!”
Date published: 2011-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed but didnt love I liked the book but didnt love and think all the hype made my expectations higher. I enjoyed the three parts and the character development but found some parts slow moving and took longer to read. Overall a worthwhile read but not my favourite.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read, Reviewed and Loved When this book first came out I had a friend telling me to read this over and over. I resisted thinking, I didn't want to pick something up just because everyone thinks it's so great. Everyone goes through different experiences in their life, and I think that the depth that each individual will enjoy this book will depend on how much they can relate to it. This book has a deepness to it and honesty about a woman trying to rebuild her life. If you have been through a life-changing experience in a relationship, then this book would certainly be of interest. Elizabeth writes with a voice that speak to all, and really it's up to the reader how much they want to take from it. I enjoyed it for all it was worth, whether or not I believed in 'praying' or 'eating'. From the moment I started it, I was captured as I could relate to most of what she spoke about, however, for those who are looking for a 'romantic' story of some kind. This isn't the book to settle into, it's soul searching.
Date published: 2010-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible! It's not too often that I am able to read a book AFTER seeing the movie, but this one I got through just perfect ease. It's such an amazing, inspiring story. I could read this over and over again.
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected. While this was a good read overall, there were plenty of times I just didn't want to pick it up again. Gilberts journey after her divorce to find pleasure, devotion and balance at times becomes too preechy. Her veiws on religion and spirituality are a main focus of this book, and that is not what I had expected to be reading about for 108 chapters. While I knew there would be some reference to her beliefs, I did not think that the entire book would revole around this. I had expected more of an adventure, and exploration.
Date published: 2010-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I'm not an overly spiritual person, and I'm definitely a hard core cynic. I've been seeing this book for years and refusing to read it based mostly on the title and my understanding of what the book was about. So when it showed up on my desk at work, given to me by someone I respect, I felt too guilty to not read it. I'm so glad it appeared on my desk. For me this book happened at the right time, had I tried to read it two years ago it would have gotten a bad review and I probably wouldn't have finished it. Gilbert is a talented, engaging writer. She was able to draw me in and I found myself commiserating with her. Her pain, her curiosity, her love, I was there. Eat drew me in and I found myself wanting to visit Italy and enjoy all its pleasures, it was wonderful. But Pray is the part I enjoyed the most. Her quest for inner peace and happiness, for spiritual enlightenment sparked a curiosity in me that I didn't know existed. And what I love the best about Pray is that she doesn't push a religion, Gilbert makes it more about finding what works for you and going with it, I absolutely adored it. The last part Love was needed but for me was my least favorite. That being said I take back my previous misgivings and whole heartedly recommend this book, with of course this caveat, you need to be in the right state of mind. Don't force it.
Date published: 2010-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better First was Eat, and where is better for that than Italy? One word: pasta. One more word: Pizza. This was my favourite part in the book, and it made me want to go to Italy myself because the love she had for it was contagious. I liked the little bits of language, and spoke a few of them out loud just to see how they sounded. Second was Pray. This was my least favourite part of the book, to be honest. I’m happy that she found her relationship with God, and although I don’t have the same opinion I can understand her wanting to find that. I did not, however, appreciate how pushy it felt at times. Third was Love, in Bali. Well Bali sounds like a lovely place to visit, and a lot of the characters in this section were very likeable. I enjoyed learning a bit about Bali’s culture and scraps of its history. Overall, I’m glad that she found everything she was looking for. And although I don’t find this book to be as remarkable as was claimed, I did like it. It also made me think of the places and things I want to experience, and inspired me to add to my bucket list.
Date published: 2010-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up to the hype After the hype this book has been receiving (and now with the movie coming out), I thought I'd give it a try. I'd heard good and bad things so didn't know what to expect, but I was skeptical. Eat Pray Love is the journey of Gilbert after getting divorced and breaking up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend and determining that she needs to do something for herself. Gilbert starts in Italy simply because she loves the way the Italian language sounds. She lives there for a few months, eating everything put in front of her, learning Italian with a Swedish friend she meets there, and slowly coming off of her depression medications. Her next stop is in India where she learns meditation, devotion, and self-restraint at an Ashram. Yet even here Gilbert learns about herself, with the help of an out-spoken Texan. Gilbert's final stop is in Indonesia where she learns about healing from a medicine man and about love from a Brazilian. The best part of the book was the first part; Eat. I found the second part (Pray) tedious and not as interesting as Italy. Perhaps that's because meditation holds no interest to me and I'm not an overly spiritual person, however I've heard this complaint from others as well. The final part (Love) improved but wasn't as good as Eat. I'm not sure I see why this book was so popular. It can't be simply because this woman followed her dream and 'found' herself, can it? I don't think I get it. I, personally, didn't gain anything from this book and found that it was a slow read.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from little self indulgent .... Bit of a disappointment to be honest, I was hoping it was going to be a heartfelt funny, quirky and deeply personal observational type of book. A journey that in some form or another we are all on, and I find that these type of books tend to touch a nerve as its something we all want to do at some point in our lives. this one though came across as incredibly self indulgent and not so interesting in the end....
Date published: 2010-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not recomended Boring and painful to get through. I can't understand why it has that many good reviews. It's all about me...me...me...poor poor pityful me. Self absorbs and really...not much of a story line here.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring!!! Hated it!! I thought it was just me that had a hard time reading this book. I keep trying to finish the book in hopes that it will get better, but I have had no such luck. I do not recommend this to anyone and I wish it was not recommended to me!
Date published: 2010-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good My mom just read this and throughly enjoyed it. She wants to see the movie now. I am just starting it so will let you know.
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as bad as I thought it would be I found the author quite depressive, confused, and a whiner at the beginning of this book and almost felt like giving it away to charity but felt I should read through to see if I would feel differently. Her journey in Italy was enjoyable and fun, India was reflective, and Indonesia was about finding love again. I'm glad that she found herself a happy ending in this story. (I think you'll find whatever it is you're looking for if you open yourself to it.) Despite my disapproval of her views, her story gave me a different perspective of happiness and makes me appreciate more what I have. :) I saw the movie and found that the book was better. The movie could not capture the feelings the author went through at each stage. And although the sceneries in the movie were nice, they didn't give a sense of connection to me as a viewer.
Date published: 2010-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very well written, enjoyed it immensely.
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK I have not yet finished the book, a week an a half into it and I'm in India. It is an OK read, I plan to finish it. I just dont get what all the fuss is about, I guess I may of had higher expectations. I plan to watch the movie though!
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 Times After shelving this book twice in the last 2 years, I decided to give it a third try and this time I was successful in finishing it. At first I looked upon the author as a needy, whiny, self-absorbed woman making it very difficult to like her. On the third try, I took another angle and looked upon this as her journey from being (IMO) emotionally unstable to completely content, happy and self aware.. I loved Italy, found her spiritual journey in India far too detailed, and would have liked Bali more, if it had more detail and was not paced as quickly. I appreciated her honesty and wit in her writing. Her descriptions left very vivid picturesque images, yet I still felt something wrong. I found it hard to swallow all the coincidences and the timing of them , making things just perfect. I sit on the fence with this book, but where I would really like to be sitting ...is in Italy!
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I can't finish this book This book was enjoyable during Italy, boring during India, and hard to get through during Bali.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Painful to read... This book was super annoying. I couldn't get myself to finish reading it. Maybe it's her writing style. I don't know what really happened prior to the start of the book/journey, but based on what I've read, I just couldn't sympathize with her one bit...She portrays herself as super whiney & self-absorbed.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A total waste of valuable reading time! Absolutely hated the book as did a friend. We tried reading it at the same time......she made it through India, I almost did. I did like Italy, only because of the food! Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and this book was way TOO much work. Elizabeth Gilbert is/was nothing but a whiner/complainer and BORING.......oh poor me! The woman is badly in need of a reality check. WOULD NOT ever reccommend this to anyone, nor will I pay $$$ to watch the movie. A total complete waste of time
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed reading about Elizabeth's journey to self discovery. Recommend it!
Date published: 2010-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I feel this book was over-rated Not for everyone, and certainly not for me..........this was recommended by friends and I did really try, twice, in fact.......but I found it too much work. Not enjoyable.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A surprising experience and worth it I resisted reading this book for years, despite any number of people telling me it was the best book EVER, and my life would not be complete until I had read it. But the description sounded like a "woe is me, life has been so awful to me, feel sorry for me!" which is not the sort of book I generally enjoy. Now that I have actually read the book, however, I am happy to admit that I did the book an injustice, because it is not that at all and I enjoyed it. The experiences Elizabeth Gilbert had that led her to the year of self-discovery and healing is filled with honesty, thoughtfulness, humour and explorations of the issues in her life. The insights she gained in the year, and the gentle, kind and generous way she bares her very soul for the reader are, by turns, sweet, sad and wrenching, but the funny moments she intersperses with the seeking are the perfect complement and keep the book from ever becoming maudlin or whiny. If nothing else, one has to give Gilbert props for completely opening to the world every moment of a journey that started as one of the most painful, debilitating situations anyone could imagine, and eventually turned into a joyful, expansive path to enlightenment and serenity. There are pearls of wisdom throughout the book and I not only enjoyed it, but did a bit of my own thoughtful self-examination as I went along on Gilbert's journey. I got more out of this book than I expected to and it was worth the wait.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from italy great, india..not so great, lndonesia great! I can understand why people would love this book, travelling around the world for a year must be everyone's dream. I love the part in Italy, mainly because I am italian and find there is no better way to experience italy then with the people who actually live there...it was very nice to see she did that. India for me, was a bit boring...all the meditating and praying became a bit much and wasn't as funny or entertaining as the italy part. Indonesia was as good as italy so over all I really loved this book and even if the middle became a little boring i wouldnt NOT buy this book because of that plus it gave me a little insentive to maybe start meditating anyways good book, good story and i cant wait to watch the movie!!!
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved So Much!! I am not the kind of person who gets involved with fads and the mainstream cutting edge populace. I am more of a traditionalist, who does what she wants because she wants to. So, when I tell you that I absolutely loved this book, it is because I absolutely do. Not because lots of other people do. If I could eat this book, I would ... that's how much I love it. And I would savour it. I feel like I endured some therapy after having read this story, and that Liz and I each made transformations of our own because we are both different people when the story is finished. She made me realize things about myself and taught me the importance of balance in my life. You cannot just focus all your energy into one thing and be fulfilled. For a woman like me, who feels as though she has lost a little bit of herself ... perhaps a little bit of her spirit ... this book was just what I needed. And, I can imagine myself re-reading parts of it when I am feeling like I have wandered off my path. There is a movie coming out in the summer, starring Julia Roberts. I'm sure it will be fabulous ... but will it be better than the book? Absolutely no way!!!! I'll see you there ... I read this book as part of a challenge to read 100 books in 1 year, and I'm blogging as I go. If you would like to read all my thoughts on this book, or others I have read .... click the link ... http://takenoutofcontext-jill.blogspot.com/2010/05/one-womans-search-for-everything.html
Date published: 2010-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing! A friend of my brothers recommended this book to me. At the time I was going thru a painful divorce thinking I would never be able to live again. When I read about the moment Elizabeth found herself on the bathroom floor, I felt like she was talking to me! I felt her pain and I felt that she could feel mine. I finished the book with a new sence of purpose. And although I never made a journey like hers the mere fact that she made it thru the pain and found happiness again was enough to keep me going. I've never connected with a book like I did hers. A definate must read for anyone who's ever had a broken heart!!
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It took me away... I picked up this book and literally couldn't put it down. It's an inspiring story about the author's real-life events in which, after a divorce, she decides to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia. I was moved by her story and enjoyed the humour (although I was annoyed by one of the characters nicknaming her "Groceries"), and I thought it was great that she picked herself up, after going through the emotional waves of a divorce, and got away from it all to try a fresh new start. I agree with some reviewers that it's not exactly realistic for most working joes to do this, but the book served its purpose: it was an escape and an enjoyable read at that.
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MARVELOUS! From the moment I started to read this book I was in love with it. This book definitely makes you want to quit your day job and go on a spiritual journey across the world! There was never a boring moment throughout the book. I found myself highlighting all my favourite passages and rereading them over again. I would highly recommend this book to others.
Date published: 2010-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for everyone There are many great reviews for this book, but for those who are more pragmatic and avoid "women who enjoy self-pity" books - DO NOT read this one. I brought it on vacation and had to force myself to finish it.
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very catchy This book kept me interested, amused and also moved. Gilbert takes us from her terrible depression, to finding inner peace through her travels and soul searching. All through her informative, chatty and witty style, there is so much depth that I found myself re-reading passages. Truly loved it.
Date published: 2010-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderfully indulgent loved this book from the moment I had picked it up. It was full of every emotion. Its the kind of book that I will read over and over.
Date published: 2010-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Fantastic book! Insightful, eloquent, philosophical, heartwarming, poignant and just plain beautiful. I wanted to highlight my favourite passages and write them on my fridge. A good read which will teach you something about life.
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I was recommended this book when I was far away from home. That wasn't unusual, I just happened to have a bit of trouble with being away. When I read this book, everything that was said about it was true. Every time I need a pick me up, I go to my bookshelf, and pick up this book. Every time I read bout what the woman in the book went through, I remember that my troubles aren't really all that big, and I can get through them. I love the idea of going to three different countries to get past some of your troubles. To be able to go to Italy and eat some of the food that makes Italy Italy, would be amazing. But at the same time, it would be liberating. You wouldn't have anyone telling you something that you don't want to hear, and you can do what you want while you are there (within reason). When she goes to India, it is a step in the opposite direction, but still on her path to self love. What she realizes when she is there, is that first you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. While in India, at one point she gets locked in her room, and she has to jump out of her window to get to the morning prayer. When she gets there, she starts whining to herself about how she doesn't want to be there, but then finally makes amends with the prayer, and is able to sit through the prayer for the rest of her time there. When she gets to Indonesia, she is there without really knowing anyone except for meeting a medicine man the last time she was there about 2 or 3 years previous. She makes friends with another woman, a healer, and helps her get a house for her and her daughter. While she is finding this house, and land for her, she realizes that all the work that she did in India, has helped her in Indonesia. She is acting as an English teacher for the medicine man, as well as learning more about her self. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a book to read about self discovery, and to have a few laughs along the way.
Date published: 2009-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes you think A friend recommended this book and I am glad she did. I read this book while my son was a newborn and maybe it was my frame of mind, but it really got to me. It was inspirational and makes you think.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like her style I find this book to be entertaining, funny, interesting and also a little thought provoking. It is not too deep, makes a great book club book.
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it Saw this book on Oprah. Found it to be a good read, each place she went was very different and enjoyable to read about. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it This was my bath time book. I got to steal away a few minutes and it was so worth it. This book is so well written and make me laugh at loud at parts. And really think at others. Great read.
Date published: 2009-06-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated It's a remarkable story, with amazing insights, beautiful descriptions, wonderful experiences. However, it does carry with it a sense of self-absorption (although, face it, that is the purpose of her journey....). She admits right away that the only way she was able to afford the trips, was by having the publisher agree to pay her to write the book. Knowing that weighed on my feelings toward her throughout the story, and I felt that a lot of what she said was what she knew would sell.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read For women of all ages, a true page turner!
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent I would rate this a 3.5 The first fifth of the book starts out strong. Gilbert's writing is clever and witty. However, the next three fiths of the story annoys me for the most part. All that praying and praying and praying to the power of a hundred. It was hard to get through this section because I think I get things quicker than the main character so that I felt stagnant. I was ready to move onto the next stage emotionally about eighty pages earlier. The last fifth again, showed clever writing. The one thing I can say is that I think I benefitted from the journey that took place in this story as if it was I who had journeyed it. The benefit measures on the scale just enough so that I can notice it. So it wasn't all a waste of time. In the end, I was glad to have read it and equally glad that I was done reading it. Now, I am just that much closer to my own enlightment....
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book was really interesting and hard to read in the mean time. If it was not given to me by my best friend, I would have stopped reading it at the very beginning. I usually read fiction when it come to read books for relaxing purposes. It was so hard to read it because I knew this is a real person going through all that she is saying and having people around me who did go through similar situations at some point, made me stressed a little bit. But I kept reading and I am very happy I did so. I love the fact that most of the sections are very short. It made it easy for me to read specially when my daughter was busy for a few minutes. I have to add that this book was so addictive and I constantly wanted to know what happens next. I love the way she writes. I found her very honest and down to earth. One of the best part of this book to be nonfiction is that, there is a lot to learn. The message is clear and has kept me thinking. I found myself sharing some of the same passions as her such as loving to learn Italian and loving Italian food. I will consider more nonfiction books again. Enjoy it, Elham
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Life is too short - don't waste your time I initially thought the author was funny. I made it through Itally and just started the next section when I decided I couldn't be bothered to waste my time by finishing the book. I thought she was arrogant and annoying.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most inspiring hearwarming loving journeys ever It was one of the most profoundly stirring books I have read in almost forever. Elizabeth's journey is an expression of my own desires and passions to explore inward. Sometimes life requires us to make some very difficult choices...choices that make us wonder about the sense of it all..... and of the chaos. However, there are always much brighter days at the end of a particular challenge. Elizabeth has defined her crisis, her journey, her search for self in such a manner, she has captured it on paper and expressed it as if it were my own. I could not put this book down. I found it an easy read. The content stirred rememberances of days when I too left the security of my home and ventured out to find my self, my soul and my spirit.
Date published: 2009-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your money Extremely irritating book. I found the author to be self absorbed, neurotic, negative & an accomplished complainer. Perhaps she should be more appreciative of a life where she can actually take off for months to travel the world; to learn and to experience. How many of us can do that? I was expecting positive spiritual growth as result of the physical journey. Something to give encouragement when direction is needed. Dissapointing.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Has a good sense of humour I enjoyed Eat and Pray. I was expecting more in the Love section. Not everyone can just drop what they are doing to go and explore themselves for a year.
Date published: 2008-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring The first part in Italy was somewhat interesting and funny but the last two parts were so boring I was skimming through pages at a time. Definitely would not recommend.
Date published: 2008-11-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from could not finish it self absorbed, whining, full of cliches....
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I had heard many good things about this book before reading it, the author was even on the Oprah show! I heard things like, its' inspirational, beautiful, insightful, etc; So I'm like what the heck, lets' give it a try! I started reading the book, and the first thing that I noticed was how irritating the main character was! She was complaining about her unsuccessful marriage and how she doesn't want kids. And she tries to justify herself for not wanting to have kids, but it really doesn't work, she talks about how a close friend of hers had a baby and how this friend throws a party at her house, and has to clean up the whole house and take care of the baby, does this even sound like a logical argument? just admit it, you don't want the responsibility of a child! And thats' fine, no-one should judge you for not wanting to have a baby, its' your personal choice, but if you're going to try to justify that by using your friend and her new born baby as an example, its' not gonna work! After divorcing her husband she runs into the arms of another lover. Everything's perfect then? Nope! She's not happy with him either, she decides that she needs to take time off from work and her new lover and go find "happiness". From there starts her journey to Italy, India, and Indonesia. Sound exciting? Well, its' not! She goes to Italy, eats, drinks, rests and reads newspapers, and she believes that she has found happiness, now she needs to discipline herself and find devotion, then she goes to India, etc; etc; I will give her some credit however, some of her insights into various subjects (ex: spirituality) are quite well written and refreshing, but unfortunately these insights are only about two pages worth of the book, the rest of the pages are filled with the author's whiny rants. Not only this, but a lot of the time it just feels like the author is trying to hard to be liked by trying to write witty and girly. I really didn't like this book, I gave it two stars however because the writer does deserve a little credit for writing some passages refreshingly, other than that, a total waste of time!
Date published: 2008-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love - Must Be Nice To Be Elizabeth Gilbert! I just finished reading Eat Pray Love today and it took me a lot longer than it should have because I've been so busy lately. I think that if I'd read it more quickly I might have enjoyed it even more because I didn't stop and start so often, losing the rhythm of the journey. That being said, I still really enjoyed this book. It made me sigh, smile, laugh, cry (when all Liz's friends chipped in to buy Wayan a house) and wish I was blessed enough to have the same kind of opportunity that Gilbert had in order to take a year off and travel in order to find balance in my life. If we all had such a luxury offered to us this world would undoubtedly be a much happier place. So, how can we make that happen? What will your next book be about then Liz?
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not that great The book did have some good insights especially for those who are struggling through the same experiences. However, who has the money, time etc to do what she did. If she was a guy leaving his wife and/or kids to explore the world everyone would chastise him for being a deadbeat. I just don't see this book as a life changing experience as described on Oprah etc.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intruiging, a book you would want to read based on the title. The beginning to the book was very interesting and hard to put down but gradually that faded. I felt as though my time was wasted by a woman who couldn't react maturely to a devestation and realization in her life. I can understand perhaps a curiosity for these different cultures, but to write about getting fat, waking up three times a day so you can meditate, and learning to love, its tedious. I would have been more satisfied by the novel/biography if perhaps she focused on one aspect of attack. For instance if she had devouted ten years of her life to the Ashram instead of struggling and questioning it, I would have stayed interested.
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could relate I thought Elizabeth's experiences and insights were just wonderful. I loved the characters she met on her journey, and it's interesting how different people I've spoken to have had different messages resonate with them. It made me cry, and I could relate to a lot of what she said more than what I'd like to admit.
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful This book reinforces the notion that our lives have a purpose. When one door closes another door is going to open. When reading this book you are always curious to know what is this very fun natured woman going to do next. You will also be informed as to where the best pizza place in Italy is. I recommend this book all the time. A friend borrowed this book to me. Read it, you will enjoy it.
Date published: 2008-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HORRIBLE This book is the worst book I've ever read!! Don't waste your money
Date published: 2008-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointing/don't waste your money i received this book for xmas and was excited to start it. well needless to say ,shortly after starting i realized this was not my sort of book. too descriptive and i couldn't relate much. the average woman does not have the funds to run away for a year when something unpleasant happens in our lives. i was glad i didn't waste my money on this book. i was happy when it was over. very disappointing indeed.
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thank God for the Library! Despite the rave reviews from friends and Oprah, I am extremely happy that I did not buy Eat Pray Love but waited to check it out from the library. As I read Elizabeth Gilbert's story, certain experiences she described did touch my heart and soul (the American Thanksgiving in Italy, for example). Most of the time, however, I found myself struggling to read the book because her voice, observations, and attitudes often grated on my sensibilities. Her veiled attempt to "protect" her Guru really put me off. In less than 10 minutes by doing a simple Google search, I discovered the name of the Guru, the location of the ashram, and confirmation that what I had found was correct. So what was the point of trying to conceal the information? What I did love about the book were the people the author met on her journey (Richard from Texas and Wayan were two of my favorites) and the words of wisdom that came from those down-to-earth and absolutely delightful souls. Reading the book was not a total waste of my time, but I do recommend you save your money and use your local public library. :o)
Date published: 2008-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Tried so hard to get into the book, but could not. The story is very lame and nothing inspirational about it. sad to say, this book is a waist of money. I do not understand all the good reviews it received.
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Inspiration Gilbert's writing is witty, honest and hopeful in this inspirational novel. A great read for anyone who feels somewhat lost in life's direction. It's filled with beautiful interactions and quotes that I found myself re-reading with pleasure. If you love food, yoga and philosophy, and have always wondered what true escape would be like, this one's for you.
Date published: 2008-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Journey I picked up the audio book which is read by the author. I enjoyed the entire journey. Elizabeth Gilbert is an excellent travel companion. I enjoyed each stage of her journey, not just the destinations but her life journey of self realization. I loved her sense of humor, her enthusiasm and her unabashed honesty. Kudos Elizabeth.
Date published: 2008-08-11
Rated out of 5 by from Eat, Pray, Love - Bore Me! With all the hype this book received, I expected so much better! I found that I had a hard time getting through it and skipped over several parts. I have read some of the reviews on this site and actually wonder whether I read the same book a lot of people on here claim to enjoy. It wasn't an awful read as it was enjoyable in certain areas but I would not recommend it.
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright A light summer read. Had great inspirational quotes and it was great to learn about the three countries. Not my favorite book though. Just read it as a time pass. Nothing too moving, or grand about this book though.
Date published: 2008-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't absolutley hate it, but didn't like it either I can't quite put my finger on what I didn't like about it. The author 's absorbtion with herself and how things affected her bothered me (especially in the first section). I found I was more interested in the people she met along with way. Something about her personality rubbed me the wrong way too. Kind of like reading a novel and you don't like the main character. As a writer, she is good. Her descriptions and observations are interesting and her style of writing is easy enough to read. The book is not bad, I just didn't like it. But, i did finish it, so that means I did find value in it. Just not enough to recommend it to someone else.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Realistic, Heart-warming I sincerely loved this book. I even bought it a second time after I had lost my original copy so that I could read it again. If you are looking for a comedy, tragedy, romance then this is not your book. Yes, this book has many of those genres rolled delicately into the story, but it is focussed more on one very real womans discovery of her lost self. Elizabeth experienced what many women are experiencing in these times, the pressure to be both a super career woman and a super mom all before their 30th birthday. She experienced the pressures and disappointments of an all too expecting society yet survived with her sense of self. Elizabeth's story has touched my heart. I will continue to re-read her work as a reminder that real women can achieve their desires at any point in their life. She inspires strength and courage. Eat Pray Love is without a doubt staying in my "meant to be kept" collection. Elizabeth, well done!
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eat pray vomit the amount of hype this book has received scares me. Only 2/3 of the way through and hoping the rest is more to my liking. A bit bored with Italy, and I skipped over half of her 'blog'-like thoughts while finding God. Its like Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a self-help book for herself. Yeh! But edit out about half and offer that to the reader. I get what this woman is trying to say and it is entertaining, enjoyable at times, insightful .... but I'm almost afraid to muck about in the romance sludge in the last third. I loved her two poems written at the Ashram - I can feel her growth and celebrate her experience. I got that 'warm fuzzy' feeling in those poems even though I let myself skip much of her introspective journey.
Date published: 2008-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your time I did not like this book and am mearly trying to help the undecided save the time and read something else. This insecure woman and her annoying story do not warrant 1 minute of your time. It is not insightful it is misguided and tiresome - move on.
Date published: 2008-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK I know people say, a book can't change your life.... But Thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert... I let My Mom Let go of her divorce. I let myself move foward in life and most importantly... i learned from it... If your holding any loose baggage...let it go. This Book helped me beyond my dreams. Her Insight made me look at life completely different.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read I wasn't expecting life-shattering revelations, so I enjoyed this book for what it gave me: some fun hours of reading, the opportunity to experience life in somebody's else's skin, and listening in (with the author's permission) on a woman's journey of self discovery.
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book I enjoyed reading this book . It's funny and easy to read. I think she is talking about Siddha Yoga and the ashram located in Ganeshpuri India.
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This book covered all topics - food, love, sex, culture, religion, depression... Elizabeth Gilbert's descriptions are great - I felt I was there with her. You can easily identify with what she's saying and find yourself lost in her thoughts. A great read!
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Inspirational, honest, and funny. People of a certain "spiritual maturity" will truly "get" this book. For others, it will only be taken at face value. Definitely one of my all-time favourites.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Wonderfully written! The first couple of chapters about her time in Italy will make you seriously hungry.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thankfully, I will neer have to read this again! I don't understand why so many thinks this is a good book. I found the author to be a needy, weak, whiny, unfocused and self-absorbed dingbat who was constantly surprised that she could handle the challenges of life. On those few and far between pages where she had an actual insight that I found compelling and noteworthy, I was amazed that the insight came from the author instead of one of the other characters. This author gave me the impression that she was afraid to own her life, her decisions and her goals - why else would she have wasted so much time waiting for her ex-husband's blessing to start a new life and to forgive her for wasting his time while he waited for her to be ready to start a family? I can accept that she didn't want to have children and that she had to divorce her husband since this was an irreconcilable difference. What I cannot accept is that she casts him as a villian because he didn't compliantly accede to her wishes for a divorce on terms that would make her life easy. The author never appeared to come to the realization that she wasn't entitled to forgiveness from her ex-husband - and that living without his forgiveness was part and parcel of choosing to seek a divorce. Further, I found it ridiculous that the author had to leave a continent in order to break up with a man who wasn't particularly interested in pursuing a relationship with her. The author's ceaseless droning about the minutae of her every waking minute was difficult to bear - thankfully, the portion of her book respecting her time in India introduced us to Richard from Texas, a marvelously candid and sharp individual. Thankfully, I have finished this book and will never have to read it again.
Date published: 2008-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Montonous Drone I was very enthused by the reviews and bought this book. I find Ms Gilbert's language really repetitive and melodramatic. She also seem sto be an ageist . She constantly and repetitively calls herself as being old although she is in her thirties. I think perhaps she looks old? But this woman I wonder how she is dealing with turning 40 now. She has a rather obsessive personality for example even a gelatto can make her obsessed . Her comparison of the redness of a tomato to a cow's organ is nauseating . I do not think I want to eat fresh tomatoes for while now. Also I think she has a doormat personality . Her main problem was the fact that her first marriage put her in the situation where she was the main breadwinner plus house maid chef etc. Unfortunately Elizabeth a real woman proud of her feminity will feel comfortable only with a man who is capable of holding a lucrative career in step with hers or is at the very least supportive at home , not a guy who not only does not help you in house chores , but earns less but axes half or more of her assets in the divorce battle . Why did you not sign a pre nup.....Sigh sigh ...Do it next time around ...I have reached only page 90 in this whiny book ... will post more later ...... Post note >> in your God analogy you were ok to pull up ZEUS but paranoid of JESUS even to use in Comparison along with brahma vishnu and shiva and Jehova . Could be because you were born christian ? and a left wing idealist usually hates first everything about themselves in order to love the rest? . C'est dommage ....
Date published: 2008-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Funny and insightful!
Date published: 2008-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Never a dull moment, all the hype on this book was true. It's fresh, insightful, enlighting, comical and delighful to read.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying and Insightful I was worried about this book -- there has been a lot of hype. And it won't be a great read for everyone. Yes, Gilbert's journey and subsequent tale is self-indulgent. But she is honestly seeking -- in many ways. For those of us who are also seeking, it is a story worth reading. Our paths will not be the same and I personally can't imagine doing the things Gilbert does. But I loved the way she opened herself up to completely new and strange experiences. I enjoyed her insights, even while recognizing they apply particularly to her life. I recommend this book for readers who want to learn about others' spiritual quests. It is possible to learn much from Gilbert, but readers will have to apply her lessons to their own experiences. Assuming you can replicate her experiences into your own life won't work.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ranting Tale Driven to despair by a punishing divorce and an anguished love affair, Gilbert is left in a state of depression. In an attempt to get her life back on tract she goes to Italy to learn the language and revel in their cuisine, to India to meditate in an ashram, and to Bali Indonesia to reconnect with a healer that she had previous contact with. This novelist journalist chronicles her intrepid quest for spiritual healing throughout her year of travels, documenting a memoir of her journey and experiences in order to find balance in her life. Not everyone will relate or agree in her methods. Gilbert’s over descriptive narrative can be boring at times as she talks a lot about nothing. This book is shallow and superficial, a ranting tale of a self absorbed person running off and escaping reality in the hope of finding oneself in other cultures. This may appeal to dreamers and rich immature adults wanting a reason to escape; very few have the luxury to travel the world for a year. Is this fiction or fact? I find it hard to believe it received so many positive reviews.
Date published: 2008-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought that this book was incredible. Gilbert is personable and warm yet very insightful. I went on a similar trip to paris (1 week, not 1 year ;)) and brought this book along. It definitely helped me think through my break-up, and I related to a lot of Gilbert's experiences. I found all of the sections interesting, and was surprised by people finding the India section long - I didn't at all!
Date published: 2008-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't believe the hype!! This book was not nearly as good as I thought (or hoped) it would be. I was especially lost in India, where I contemplated abandoning it altogether. But I am a stickler for finishing books, so I trudged through. Bali is a vast improvement (at least there are some characters besides whiney Liz). Just okay....
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening At first I wasn't sure where it all was headed, but once Elizatbeth got to India, I got it. In reading about her enlightenment, I was enlightened and saw my life differently for a moment. I love the romance at the end!
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a book you MUST read! I just finished Elizabeth Gilbert's book, 'Eat, Pray, Love'. It is like coming to the end of a long chat over coffee with a best friend! This is a book every woman, and probably every man, should read if they have lived, loved, lost, questioned, celebrated and learned about life. Ms. Gilbert writes with such humility, wit and sincerity. Her story takes her on a quest to find balance. It is a very human quest - one that we can all grasp as we smile with her and cry with her. I felt, at times, that she had reached in to my heart and taken some of my own thoughts and experiences but put them down on paper in a far more eloquent form than I ever could. I learned that we are all perfect, imperfect human beings. I learned that you don't have to be the purest form of anything, but you can still explore, participate and, eventually, choose. I learned that it is OK to doubt, to waffle and, when you've had enough of that, jump right on in! Truly an inspiring, ordinary, but exceptional, spiritual and emotional travelogue.
Date published: 2008-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat Pay Love This book is well written and while being informative on travel to Italy, India and Indonesia, the tales of a woman's rise to finding herself are very touching. There is much humour along with tears. You will enjoy especially if you are spiritual.
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Search for meaning... Elizabeth Gilbert's well-received book, 'Eat, Pray, Love' tells the story of the author's own search for meaning in the world. Personal meaning, that is. In order to find it, she takes a year off from her very successful writing career (she'd have to be successful, wouldn't she) to spend four months in each: Italy (for pleasure), India (for prayer) and Indonesia (for balance). This book is huge- practically every woman alive will have read it- or plans to- and don't let my cynicism dissuade you. Gilbert is a wonderful writer. It's hard to sustain the perfectly pitched conversational tone her book does and not be a skilled craftsman, but... But, here's the thing. Lots of people wish they could stop their hectic, horrible, messy, complicated, screwed up lives in order to find their deeper purpose; in order to mend their broken hearts and psyches, in order examine their place in the world, their connection to the people with whom they share the planet...and their relationship with a higher power (God, in Gilbert's case, although she says "I could just as easily use the words Jehovah, Allah, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu or Zeus.") Not everyone has the means. Plus, although Gilbert's journey was preceded by a divorce, she has no children. Trust me, I'd love four child-free months in Italy, too. That said, the book is so engaging that even though I didn't internalize Gilbert's search, I certainly enjoyed listening to her talk about hers.
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good - if in the mood I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I found her journey for spiritual enlightenment both interesting and inspirational. That said, however, at times I found the author to be quite self-centered and self-righteous.
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I savored every page I did not want the book to end. Each page was a gift, a lesson, a thought that would need to be savored. I recommend this book to anyone young, old, or inbetween. I could elaborate endlessly on my thoughts on this book and how really good a read it is but I won't. All that I need to say is that if I could buy a copy for everyone I know I would.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting Read Elizabeth Gilbert writes an autobiography of her year long travel to Italy, India, and Indonesia - the "triple I's", and paints a very different picture of each, experientially, and culturally for those of us who are far more bookwormish and choose to read the story than travel it. This book is funny, educational, insightful, and well written. All the way through, one is constantly wondering how it will turn out...a true page turner until the very end.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Better than chocolate" I found Elizabeth Gilberts; Eat, Pray, Love a treasure I haven't read in a while. This book kept me either laughing, crying or finding myself identifing with the author in many circumstances. I find I have been in this spiritual journey for awhile. As I found in reading this there are many material things in life that are only small gains in comparison with learning about oneself, and what is right for each individual. Waiting in anticipation for 2009s book Weddings and Evictions.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much hype I received this as a gift by two people. It caught my interest at the beginning but soon dwindled off. It's not a bad book, but by no means outstanding. To net it out, it never hooked my heart and that is the true measure.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very good This book is very good. Unfortunately, I watched her on Oprah and listened to many friends rave about this book. As a result, my expectations were too high. Nonetheless, I liked this book because of the author's humour and style. It was very easy to read and almost felt like I was reading from a friend's travel journal.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and personal I found this book to be very interesting overall. I did not love the India piece, but it may be great for someone else. What I really loved about this book was her honesty and her sharing. People are not usually so open nor do they usually allow other people to enter so freely into their lives. It was refreshing to read something that didn't feel contrived in any way. The fact that the India section was not so interesting made it seem more real. In closing I like happy endings so I wasn't disappointed.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't wait to read every page, but didn't want to finish it! I loved this book! As a divorced woman in my mid-thirties, I could really relate to Gilbert's experiences, and I laughed aloud many times at her humour. A book that inspires hope, opens wide your perspective of your life, and makes you want to be a better person (and to want to visit Italy, India and Indonesia!)
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyable Nice light read. Wiity and fun.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't like it at all I know a few people who have read this book and loved it. I am not one of those people. I didn’t like it at all and it was quite a struggle for me to finish. Why did I bother to finish? I kept on thinking ‘it has to get better.’ It never does. Elizabeth is irritating, whiney and selfish. I am at a loss as to why so many people think she is wonderful. OK, so she got divorced, millions of people get divorced. She continually wonders "why me? why did this terrible thing happen to me?" Was she abused by her husband? No. Did he cheat on her? No. She left him because she didn’t love him anymore. And yes that is very sad, but it is certainly not the greatest tragedy of the world she makes it out to be. The only part in Italy I liked was when her sister came to visit and India was just so incredibly dull I almost gave up on it until Richard came into the picture and I persevered. But even he didn’t make me like the book. Indonesia was the best part, mainly because she stopped talking about her poor poor pitiful self for five minutes and thinking about other people and how hard their lives actually are. Not enough to redeem her in my eyes though - too little, too late. I would never recommend this book to anyone
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I had seen Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah and was fascinated by her story. Once i started to read the book i could not put it down. I wish that i could have taken the journey with her. I felt like i was living it through her words. She has a unique way of describing people and places to make you feel like you are present.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It...hard to put down This is a light read, but a very insightful one. Thought provoking and a must for anyone looking to find inner peace. It is like taking the journey with Elizabeth....and you finish the read with a sense of contentment and you'll want to find out the next chapter of Elizabeth's life.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was a great read. I was facing difficult times in my life and this book gave me reassurance that even in tough times there is always a bright side. I've been able to learn more about myself and the importance of taking time for oneself. It is a big booster for those in need. I definetly recommend it.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Relatable This book was not only beautifully written, but it was funny and insightful, witty, and brave. She lays out a few years of her life in this book. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Touching Book It is not often that you have the opportunity to spend time with a book that you connect so well with. The journey that Elizabeth embarked on is one that makes us feel and inspires.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Great Story! Couldn't put this story down. Writing style enables reader to 'see' what the author is describing and actually imagine the surroundings and be part of the landscape. Eagerly anticipating the next book!
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book I loved this book and have passed it on to friends. I could relate to her in so many ways, but particularly to her spiritual journey. How lucky for her that she could do her searching in such wonderful places.
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting, funny, a MUST read If you're looking for direction or a specific method to achieving enlightenment this is not what you are going to get from this book. In the seriousness of the context, Gilbert finds humor in times of her utmost despair. The book provides insight to a different way of looking at life and spirituality....that one does not have to conform to a particular or single religious structure to nourish their soul. If you have the ability to read and find the deeper meaning, the message in this book can be appreciated by everyone. A very easy read, you will not want to put it down!
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was great. I read it in one day. Could not put it down.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! It's a wonderful and interesting book. It is to read considering that my mother tongue is french! I just love it!
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eat, Pray, Love - a great book to travel by A wonderful book to read whilst travelling - and delightful in the descriptions of places, people and adventures the authors experiences. Her intentions are brave and interesting and I quite enjoyed this book. I did grow tired from time to time with the author's strong voice and got almost a sense of self-absorption. However, it was a great read all in all and wonderfully eye-opening or a call to travel depending on the reader's experiences in life.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not equal to the Hype Heard a lot about this book...but assumed it was a cookbook so I never bothered to actually check it out. After having it recommended by someone who claimed it would "change your life" I picked up a copy and am thoroughly disappointed. As an avid reader of all genre's I was skeptical and this time I was right. I can't seem to get into the book, there's nothing to grab you and I found it very dull. While the author does have a writing style I do like it could not make up for the quality of the book. Save your money and borrow from a friend!
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read Without doubt this book is one of my all time favorites. No matter your age this a great read
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspiring I found this book awesome... very easy to read and kept me wanting to turn the page to find out more. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read but for the end I loved this book, the author's style of writing and I did identify with many of her experiences, which is unifying and helps provide perspective, particularly with the witty and entertaining commentaries surrounding her experiences. But I was completely disappointed with the end, where the prince wisks the princess off towards happily ever after. It was disappointing as it represented more of the finishing touch of a novel instead of the continuation of a journey made by a woman in the glory of messiness of her humanity. It also perpetuates that ridiculous fairytale type of notion that the man is the answer. I wished the ending had a bit more reality to it, as the rest of the book did.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a new life reflection To hear your own thoughts through someone elses words is life changing. This book was amazing....a life changer!
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspirational! I've been reading Eat Pray Love - and this book has honestly made a difference in my life. Many times have I debated my lifestyle and found myself sad or in need of guidance. This book has brought to me courage, hope and reassurance that prayer and knowing what you want will bring positivity into your life. I am also a true believer in a yogic lifestyle and found this has helped me as well.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eat, Pray, Love After all the hype, I was mildly disappointed. I thought I would gain some profound insights but really this book just reinforced what I already knew. Perhaps its because I am a good decade older than the author and been on the journey to personal growth for some time that I found this book a "beginner" novel to enlightenment. Still worth a read, though.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Entire bookclub was disappointed 6 women (ages 27-65) did not enjoy this book. The author was a self-indulgent woman who did not appear to have learned anything. Italy was character-rich and interesting, the other sections were quite boring and self-focused. Does not reveal alot about her real journey, lots of missing information that would have enhanced the content of this book. I would never recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great storytelling I enjoyed this story immensely and can certainly relate to many of the author's experiences. It was a quick and easy read and I'd recommend it to other readers.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from a disappointment a book that i was really looking forward.....unfortunately a big disappointment - a book seemingly quickly written by an amateur about a flighty, spoiled girl looking for a revelation - a struggle to finish
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!! This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is funny, sad, and inspirational, all in one. Gilbert is an excellent writer, and she makes it easy to fall in love with this novel. I highly recommend this novel to everyone, men and women alike!
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Each word has changed my life A friend of mine dismissed this book immediately because it was a 'self-help' book so I was hesitant about reading it myself. A true lover of reading, Gilbert has a real gift with words and she's an amazing writer. Even though this book is really about her journey to happiness, I feel incredibly vibrant with magic for every sentence I read of this journey. It has really been a rewarding read and strongly recommend others to read it.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring I was extremely dissapointed with this book. I found it difficult to stay focused as the auther has a tendency to drift in thought.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an amazing read I loved the fact it makes you look at your life from a whole different point of view. She shares so much with us, that you can't help but keep reading to find out where she ends up on her spiritual journey
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice read A woman's journey to find enlightenment through the visit of Italy, India and Indonesia. I enjoy reading the part about Italy tremendously, it just so coincide with my personal interesting in Italian culture and language.Very humorous and inspiring. A nice read.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Fantastic in every way!" and "A bit of elixir for the soul" This book was very poignant and I just happened to pick it up off the shelf at the exact right time. Elizabeth Gilbert's journey and struggle to find herself and meaning in this novel was heart-rending and real. I felt as if I was on the journey with her, breathing, feeling and coming to terms with life and our ultimate reason for being here. Her writing style is very warm and inviting, like a conversation with an old and trusted friend. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether on a journey of self-discovery or searching for hope. MM
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good read It's been a long time since I have found a book I 've read to the end without getting bored!!
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I picked this book up when I was on vacation and I just could not put it down the entire time. It changed my views on somethings and was very enjoyable and heartwarming. I loved it from start to finish and highly recomend people to read it .
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book may change your life! Fabulous read filled with wonderful life insights. I especially liked the line about your old life book no longer being of value. Rang true in my ears!
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me hungry... The journey through Italy made me physically hungry, the journey through India had me hungry to renew my own spirituality and I can't wait to finish reading what else I'll be hungry for...
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely terrific I listened to the audio book twice and read the paper back book. T his book is superb,absolutely superb.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from May I get my $$$ back? I had walked past this title countless times in the bookstore, and finally, on a whim, decided to give it a try. I found the author to be whiny, and self-indulgent. I figure if you are going to right a book meant to "cleanse" and help others find peace, and inspiration, you need to be frank about yourself. The author places blame, whines, places blame, ad nauseum. Perhaps, I was hoping for another story like "Left to Tell" by Immaculee Ilibagiza, a magnificant book, that has you looking deep into your own soul. As an aside, the parentheses throughout the book were very distracting. I found myself scanning through the page counting them, instead of actually reading the story. Overall, a princess doesn't necessarily make a heroine.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I enjoyed this book so much I finished it in six hours. I found the writing engaging and found Elizabeth's thoughts to be inspiring. I will plan my own journey of discovery and hope to gain the insight to what makes me tick and maybe even love along the way.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! An easy read...funny and touching! Elizabeth Gilbert has inspired me to plan a trip and see the world. She's also inspired me to be a stronger person and to speak my mind and listen to my heart.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat, Pray, Love I picked up this book having no real notion of what to expect. What I found was a truly enjoyable, totally reliavant inspirational story that could not have come at a more opportune time in my life. I have spent the last several months re-evaluating my lifes path. Although I did not receive any specific answers or guidance from this book it made me realize that I am not alone and that we don`t have to follow the path expected of us but that we can create our own way. I truly enjoyed the style of writing, the humour, the inspiration and hope that I felt upon completion of the book. It left me wanting more.... I would suggest it to all my family and friends.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Woman should Read This book was amazing. I got it as a christmas present and could not put it down. I was a bit skeptical at firt thinking it was going to be a spiritual book. But its just about the journey of a regular woman and of course her witty commentary to go along with it. Very funny and enlightening a must read.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for the time-challenged! What I love is the style - the author has broken the book into short chapters she refers to as "beads" so I can read for a few minutes at a time and complete a "chapter" which is great for a new mom! At first I thought the author was a nut for bailing on her life and I didn't think I'd enjoy the book as I didn't feel a connection with her experience. But once she starts writing about her journey I really appreciated her perspective and her pearls of wisdom. I won't be able to travel across the world to find myself, but I'm incorporating some of her journey into my everyday life.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fabulous Journey I loved this book. I was almost afraid to read each section knowing that I would, likely, book airfare to each country. Lovely reading.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE this is truly the best book i have ever read! Liz Gilberts' writing is down to earth and really funny, while still serious and thoughtful. I read this book before it became popular, and have since recommended it to every one of my friends, who in turn have all come away with the same impression. The bottom line is that there is no woman who can't completely relate to and in turn learn from Elizabeth Gilbert in some capacity or other in this book.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! A great read, draws you right in. You'll read it again and again.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I found this book to be enchanting... Elizabeth Gilbert shares with us her innermost thoughts and feelings. She leads us through a very important time in her life with honesty and her wonderful sense of humour. A real page turner!
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully surprising! This book is definitely worth reading. Elizabeth takes you on a journey of epic porportions. We go through the streets of Italy, an Ashram in India and the Indonesian Island of Bali. She takes us on a spiritual quest that will leave you thinking about your own life and how you too can change it. These adventures that she experiences takes you away from your mundane life, to that of passion and excitement. I could not put it down and recommend it to anyone looking to add some spice to their life.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book What a great book for women in their 20s and 30s. After reading this book, I especially want to go to Italy now! But beware of the Italy section - I was always starving and craving the wonderful food she wrote about! ;)
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just OK I was a little disappointed with this book, perhaps my maturity speaking. I found her to be self-indulgent and I wanted her to shake her and tell her to just grow up. The second and third sections were a bit better, but did not live up to the hype
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from eat pray love I was bored by this book. The author comes across as very immature. She's old enough to be searching beyond popularity and her sexuality. I am currently at her fling in Bali and have found it difficult not to quit reading the book. I really don't know what everyone is raving about.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stirring, inspiring and moving novel Captivating from cover to cover, I finished this book in a few days and longed for more! Gilbert shares her story of finding herself over the course of her 12 months of travel and in the process reminds us all of parts of ourselves to discover. Her wit, perception and intention on her journey are inspiring and entertaining and leave the reader motivated to create movement and change in one's own life. An exciting and joyful read that most of us will deeply relate to!
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great this was a great book a must to read for women and men! <3
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing! I read this book while on my honeymoon (in Bali of all places) and it was easy to read, and while you didnt want to put it down, the short chapters made it possible for me to still enjoy my honeymoon without getting completely lost in this book! The author prompts you to think about your own life while entertaining you with a charming story. I loved this book and intend to read it again with a recommendation to my new book club!
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat, Pray, Love I bought this book in the fall of 2007 but couldn't get into it at first. After I got it back from my sister in law on New Year's Day, I started reading it and could not put it down. It is a very enlightening book. It made me realize I was obssessing over the wrong things.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly Entertaining! This book is really witty, insightful and well written - throughout the author's entire journey of self discovery! Enjoyed it from cover to cover.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Elizabeth writes in a way that will have you laughing alongside her as she journies on. I had to make sure that I alloted only so much time each day towards the book, otherwise I would have devoured it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to more from this author!
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A must read for young women struggling to find their own spirit while trying to meet the demands of the world around us. I was really engaged by the author because I feel my life has paralled hers to quite an extent with a troubled marriage, searching for the right answers and trying to find the strength to be alone. Her sense of humour, sarcasm and outlook to things made me laugh as if we were best friends having a chat on the phone. I really enjoyed losing myself while going on her journey's with her and I especially loved reading about the time she spent in Italy because one day I hope to do that too! Pizza is by far my most favorite food and I can't wait to sink my teeth in one from a little pizzeria in Italy!! Thank you for giving me such a wonderful book to read over the holidays. It gave me an escape from my own life for awhile.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish it wouldn't end... What a great book. I've been reading it ever-so-slowly because I don't want it to end...just reading little bits at a time, never forgetting where I left off or having to re-read because the words are so moving. Liz expresses herself so clearly...and I laugh out loud at her analogies. I'm almost finished - time to try and find one just as fun, entertaining and moving as this! Definitely recommended :)
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative and Inspiring There are a great many self-help books on the shelves to-day, most bring a little info we can all use to our advantage, others moreso. This is definitely one of the latter! You have to read it again and again!
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat, Pray, Love I devoured this book. I found myself completely immersed in Elizabeth's quest to find herself in Rome, India and Bali. She has such an honest and profound way of describing the unexplainable and intangible emotions that we all experience. I highly reccomend this book to anyone that has ever had that questioning moment in their life. I have never before felt so inspired or so hopeful from a book. I have given it as a gift to many of my friends.
Date published: 2008-01-22

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.38 × 5.63 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143038419

ISBN - 13: 9780143038412

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1 I wish Giovanni would kiss me. Oh, but there are so many reasons why this would be a terrible idea. To begin with, Giovanni is ten years younger than I am, and, like most Italian guys in their twenties, he still lives with his mother. These facts alone make him an unlikely romantic partner for me, given that I am a professional American woman in my mid-thirties, who has just come through a failed marriage and a devastating, interminable divorce, followed immediately by a passionate love affair that ended in sickening heartbreak. This loss upon loss has left me feeling sad and brittle and about seven thousand years old. Purely as a matter of principle I wouldn''t inflict my sorry, busted-up old self on the lovely, unsullied Giovanni. Not to mention that I have finally arrived at that age where a woman starts to question whether the wisest way to get over the loss of one beautiful brown-eyed young man is indeed to promptly invite another one into her bed. This is why I have been alone for many months now. This is why, in fact, I have decided to spend this entire year in celibacy. To which the savvy observer might inquire: ''Then why did you come to Italy ?'' To which I can only reply—especially when looking across the table at handsome Giovanni— ''Excellent question.'' Giovanni is my Tandem Exchange Partner. That sounds like an innuendo, but unfortunately it''s not. All it really means is that we meet a few evenings a week here in Rome to practice each other''s la
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From the Publisher

A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion&#151;the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things

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 &#147;Anne Lamott&#8217;s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister&#8221;) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert began her writing journey with two acclaimed works of fiction: the short story collection Pilgrims, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the novel Stern Men, a New York Times Notable Book. These were followed by three works of nonfiction: The Last American Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and two memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, both of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. Gilbert&#8217;s work has been published in more than thirty languages. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey.&#160; Her Web site is www.elizabethgilbert.com.

Editorial Reviews

This is a wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight.&mdash;Anne Lamott

Gilbert&rsquo;s prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible.&mdash;The New York Times Book Review

An engaging, intelligent, and highly entertaining memoir.&mdash;Time

A meditation on love in its many forms&mdash;love of food, language, humanity, God, and most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self.&mdash;Los Angeles Times

This insightful, funny account of her travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes.&mdash;Entertainment Weekly

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