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

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Publishing Group | February 16, 2006 | Hardcover

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 6.
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: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.37 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: February 16, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670034711

ISBN - 13: 9780670034710

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can not get through it! I have tried to get through this book...I am about halfway and it is absolute torture. I want to finish it just so I can say I read it but it is such a bore to me. Maybe it is my mindset...I truly do not understand what all the hype is about. I am putting it back on my shelf and maybe reconsider reading in the future.
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat, pray, love What a wonderful book! I enjoyed every minute of it.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book everyone needs to read Elizabeth Gilbert takes the reader on a wild and enchanting ride through three different counties over the course of one year in her life in this addictive memoir. The book starts while she is going through a horrible period in her marriage where she is unbelievably unhappy. She decides to end her marriage, and to start to try to find herself again. This involved taking up Italian classes, which she had always wanted to do, but put off because life was always too busy. Suddenly within a few months she sells almost everything she owned, puts the precious stuff in to storage and moves to Italy. This starts the year of her life where she travels through Italy, India, and finally Indonesia. While in Italy she eats and takes in all and any of the pleasures of amazing Italian food; in India she prays and finds spirituality, and in Indonesia she...well...the title is self explanatory. The most amazing part of this wonderful story in the humor she finds in the mundane of everyday life. She spins a web with words that enables the reader to actually be able to envision the places she visits, from the gray waters of Venice, to the volcanic beaches of Indonesia. Plus she is very insightful and the reader is able to see themselves in her as she tries to reconstruct herself. This book is one that everyone should read, because seeing this woman try to help herself become a better person reminds ourselves that we all should try to become better people everyday as well, even if we aren't traveling the world.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert has a wonderful sense of humour and is a very visual writer. I felt like hoping on a plane to India to meditate. Enjoyed in very much, a real page turner.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Enjoyed the book very much. Even though the writer is going on a painful journey, she inputs a great deal of humour into the story. I felt like moving to India to meditate.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I adored it! For those of us who are still searching, for those of us who are still longing, for those of us who are still dreaming of going on a journey around the world and down the path of self discovery and self indulgence Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert! This book will make you green with envy and inspire you to jump on a plane, look at your life, find peace, find your God and have some Gelato! You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll drool over the Italian food!
Date published: 2006-06-07

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

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.37 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: February 16, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670034711

ISBN - 13: 9780670034710

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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

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.
 

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims-a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares-and a novel, Stern Men. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper''s Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.

Editorial Reviews

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

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

An engaging, intelligent, and highly entertaining memoir.—Time

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

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