Eat Pray Love 10th-anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia by Elizabeth GilbertEat Pray Love 10th-anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love 10th-anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And…

byElizabeth Gilbert

Paperback | January 30, 2007

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The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of City of Girls and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic, Eat Pray Love, and The Signature of All Things, as well as several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her l...
Title:Eat Pray Love 10th-anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.45 × 5.48 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8.45 × 5.48 × 1.05 inPublished:January 30, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok at Best I bought this because I watched the movie and absolutely loved it. This book, however and ironically, is so boring and hard to get through. The author is so whinny and mentions boring facts through out the whole book. There are people in this world with bigger issues than a divorce. This book was a waste of time and money.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh at Best I bought this because I watched the movie and absolutely loved it. This book, however and ironically, is so boring and hard to get through. The author is so whinny and mentions boring facts through out the whole book. There are people in this world with bigger issues than a divorce. This book was a waste of time and money.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful! A great read for the wandering soul! Gilbert's personality is relatable to anyone!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A powerful book This book is a classic. I was so late to the game in reading this, but I am so glad that I did. This book had a great number of spiritual insights about self-love and love towards others, the universe, etc. My mind was blown. A new favourite forever.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a journey everyone should give it a read.. so inspiring #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perseverance pays off When i first started reading the story I was having a difficult time connecting and was ready to move on to another summer time read. However, a second attempt i found myself loving the journey and thankful that i was persistent in my reading.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Elizabeth Gilbert writes her story in a way that I think is very relatable to a lot of women of different ages. Elizabeth highlights her emotional and spiritual struggles while still entertaining her readers with her wit.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much better than the movie This book was such a beautiful read. It was filled with wonderful experiences from a very intelligent writer who made it effortless to read. The movie really could not capture her thoughts and feelings.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It This book speaks to all women regardless of personage or age. It was never meant to be such a sensation or even to become a movie; rather, Elizabeth wrote it for herself as she journalled her journey to becoming true to herself and developing her relationship with the Divine. It is written with gut-wrenching honesty.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite's! Watched the movie before reading the book. The book is way better!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it I loved it and watched the movie ( which didn't give the book much justice) I want to continue reading books by Gilbert
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read some parts of the book were long , but other we great. love how you got to visit 3 different places and learn the culture
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So Long I really liked some parts of this novel, some parts were even funny! However, I felt many parts of the book dragged on too long.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Fan! I did not like this book! It was longer than it needed to be, and the narrator (author) was difficult to identify with.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspiring I have read this book twice now. I love the perspective it gives on life’s journey . Every time I read it I get the travel bug, and am inspired to self discovery.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like it, Didn't Love it I read this book long after the hype, and I didn't feel as though it lived up to what I was expecting. It was good, I liked it but I didn't love it. It did make me want to take off on a journey of my own.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good not great I liked it but didn't love it - I feel like I went in with high expectations that it didn't really live up to.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book One of my favourite books, Elizabeth's search for everything will make you question the meaning of life & might make you want to embark on your own journey as well
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Disappointing Perhaps I expected too much. Just really hard to concentrate and get on with the story. I didn't like how she went off the topic in certain areas.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book inspired my own journey. I've read this book a number of times and just love it so much. The story inspired my own solo journey to Italy for a month. The most amazing things happened to me. I met incredible people, I landed myself front row at an Adele concert in Verona (by accident), I hiked the Path of the Gods and just like Liz I ate pizza at L'Antica Pizzeria de Michele. I'm grateful for this story and I hope it inspires others to face their own fears.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be better Nice fun read. Got boring at times when author went into too much unneeded detail
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Not long after reading this, Liz Gilbert became one of my favourite speakers and public figures. If you haven't listened to her talks - especially The Flight of the Natural Born Hummingbird on Super Soul Sundays, you must. Her ability to articulate herself is elegant, honest and incredibly admirable. It will give you a whole new perspective of what her amazing journey has taught her. This book is excellent for anyone, but as someone who has gone through my own travel journey under similar mental health circumstances, this journey paralleled my own. This read will make you rethink your life and how to view your journey's through struggle. I was quite hesitant to join the Eat, Pray, Love train when this book became all the rage, but after reading it, I too can see it's wonder and value.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the Movie A story worth re-reading on a yearly basis. Full of insight for self-discovery and change.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer! Certain parts I felt dragged on with no ending but overall the book was great.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about. I did not enjoy this book, forced myself to finish the whole thing but can't think of anything good to say so I'll stop saying anything!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting and clearly written but not for me. Couldn't get into it though!
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read My sister recommended it; I finished 2/3 of the book and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from so much whining Had to read this for my book club and I just couldn't finish it. I skimmed through the last quarter of the book. It was so incredibly boring. I just couldn't muster up any feeling for the main character... unless you can count "blech" as a feeling.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fed my secret longings I'm a homebody who hates to travel...and I loved this book. This book allowed me to travel and experience different cultures, spirituality, and people without having to do all the hard work associated with travel and the exhaustion of meeting new people. I commend the author on her journey and learned some about myself too. It makes me want to quit my job and do all the things I don't have time or energy for, even if some of those things are just walking... Sigh.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read: Better than the movie I escaped a hard time in my life reading this book. It's warming, funny and relatable. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a great book. I enjoyed everything about it. Very inspiring.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favourite book I loved this book. I made me look deep into myself and fed my wanderlust.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring Really boring !! I didn't even finish this book. There is no storyline, no plot and nothing happens in this book.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Eat Pray Love was such a great read but still deeply inspiring. Perfect to take on vacation, read on a rainy day, or relax before going to bed.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Way better than the movie, (usually how it goes) highly recommended for women of all ages, even if your not 30 years old going through a divorce, it is still very relate-able and has many great lessons.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all time favourite I recommend this book all the time and will likely reread it several times!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic book I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I picked up this book three different times and each time I was hoping that I would finish it. However, each time I hit a point within the novel (halfway) that I decided to put the novel down. I find the writing very predictable and boring.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an incredible story! I absolutely adored this book. I read this book while I was traveling in Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia so I was really able to relate to her while she was embarking on a new journey in new places. I loved all of the aspects and sections in the book as well as the way it was written. I am Italian so I loved the part of the book where she travels to Italy. Reading some of the Italian words and being brought back to Italy through her words and her experiences made me feel close to my roots. I have always wanted to go to India and was so intrigued with reading about how her travels in that country went. I was reading this book while I was in Bali Indonesia, therefore, I was really able to take in that section of the book and understand what she was saying while explaining the country and their ways of life. It made me feel like I was on the adventure with her being in the area that she was in. Overall, I love this book and would recommend it to anyone, there is so much to learn about it. I could read it and reread it so many times.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love I'm on the fence with this one. There are other books by women who were trying to "find themselves" that I enjoyed more (ie. Wild). Eat Pray Love had some high points and some excellent reasoning and ideas.. but much of the middle of the book was boring and dragged on.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love I'm on the fence with this one. There are other books by women who were trying to "find themselves" that I enjoyed more (ie. Wild). Eat Pray Love had some high points and some excellent reasoning and ideas.. but much of the middle of the book was boring and dragged on.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life! One of my favourite books! It draws you right in. It teaches you lessons in both serious and funny ways. Each time I read it I learn a new lesson. By following the authors own journey of self-discovery, you also embark on one of your own.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Interesting story of personal reflection and journey. Has some key insights.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh it was a very "just okay book"...easy read, the middle part is extremely boring but again, easy read, don't expect too much from it
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh.... Not sure why this book got so popular. It's an ok read...that's it.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh gosh.... This book was extremely boring.... I got halfway through and couldn't get through.... I decided to read this book because I really liked the movie, however I think this is a rare case where the movie is better than the book itself. The book is very disorganized, nothing makes sense and she was not very likeable... I do not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Not usually my type of book, but really liked this one!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No exaggeration - the worst book I've ever read One star because it won't let you give NO STARS. I have a disappointing habit of never giving up on a book. I'm always hopeful that it will get better. Usually, when I'm done with a dissatisfying book, I donate it, thinking others might enjoy it even if I didn't. The clearest memory I have of this book is sitting in a small boat, on a lake on a beautiful summer afternoon, and fighting the strongest impulse to throw the book overboard. The only thing that kept me from doing it was my reluctance to litter the lake with that garbage. It went straight into the recycling when I got home. I'm surprised I didn't pull a muscle rolling my eyes over her self-indulgent, sanctimonious, terrible writing. Every time I read about her sobbing over her terrible life (???) I wanted to tear the book into pieces. Suffer a genuine tragedy before you write another 'poor me' book. Or, don't bother. I won't be reading anything with your name on it again.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I couldn't recommend this book highly enough! I was captivated from start to finish. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SO-SO Fairly good book, but I wouldnt say its one of my favourites #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A great read about a womans journey to finding herself and happiness.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenon There is a book of stories written by real people who have been so profoundly changed by reading this story. Is there any better testament to the power of Eat Pray Love? You are obviously a reader, but even non-readers need to experience this story, I am therefor glad for the movie's existence. Must read! Not only a must read but a must repeat-read.(If you will allow me to make that a thing) Whenever you need some insight an hope. #plumreview Recommend to everyone
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie Most avid readers prefer books to movies. We usually prefer books to their movie counterparts as well, and this is no different - at least for me. I loved this book even more than I loved the movie, mostly because it was much more honest. It didn't glamorize everything she did in a way that makes people think it would be easy to pick up and gallivant around the world in search of fun love and peace. Instead, it shows you just how hard she worked through each stage of her journey to find herself. A solid read. Definitely recommend it in general, and most of all to anyone who has seen the movie. The movie is great and Julia Roberts does an incredible job of portraying the part, but Elizabeth's story is much, much deeper.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why the hype 2.5 stars. Read it because of her travels, especially Bali. The rest was nothing that interesting or new.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've read this book many times it's worn out! Did you know the movie "Coyote Ugly" was based on Elizabeth Gilbert's life at that time? I honestly didn't think I would enjoy this book but I absolutely loved it, I loved it so much that I won't borrow it out to any of my friends or family, and I always pass on my books for others to read, especially if I love them! I've read this book more than once, which for me is unusual. I've also highlighted many parts of this book and wrote notes in it as well as in my personal journal. My favorite is when she ends up in Indonesia and the people she meets and the old man and the single mother she befriends. I want to become friends with those people. I want to pick beautiful flowers, ride my bike with a basket full of fresh fruit, have monkeys reach down from the trees, fall in love. I can't believe I had this book sitting on my bookshelf for so long before reading it, and now I reach for it often and have almost worn it out.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy, fun Easy and fun read. The story picks up quickly and its easy to plow through. Great pick me up book.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why the Hype? Ugh. I never understood al the hype about this book. I absolutely hated it when I read it years ago but I picked it up because like a previous reviewer mentioned, Oprah recommended it! I forced myself to finish it because everyone was guhsing about it that I thought I must be missing something. Struggled to the end and it did NOT get any better. The main character was so annoying and her journey depressing and sad.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dislike I was looking forward to reading this book as everyone who read it seemed to like it and she was on Oprah,so it has to be good right?...Boy was I wrong. I found myself falling a sleep reading it and found it really hard to relate to her "terrible" life when she is able to take months and months off to "find herself". Needless to say I did not finish the book as I felt my time could be spent reading another book I would actually enjoy.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I read it really fast, also watched the movie. The book is definitely better than its adaptation (as it is almost always the case). Not my favourite book ever but definitely entertaining
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable At times found her annoying/ asking for help... search inside and forget others!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This book seems to be one that you love or you hate. I am firmly in the camp of love. Almost 10 years after having read it, I still think about various passages fairly regularly. This was my first introduction to Elizabeth Gilbert, and I have been in love from afar ever since. If you're looking for a book about acceptance, moving forward, and finding yourself again, I highly recommend this!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring A great read that pulls you in and takes you on a woman's journey to healing.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This book was awesome! Was not able to put it down
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book is way better than the movie! I watched the movie first, and ended up loving it enough to read the book. There are so many subtle nuisances in the book that just can't be portrayed properly in the movie. Take some time for yourself and read this! #TreatYoSelf
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting How a woman goes in search of herself..... Eat in Italy, Pray in India and Love in Bali !
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from white privilege at its finest I don't know what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but I stopped after a few pages. The author is screaming for us to feel sorry for her but I have a hard time doing so when she has the money to do her "soul-searching" around the world.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is one of my favourite books, after reading it I bought the movie as well. This book inspired me to follow the same path as the character and travel around the world. One of the best reads for someone who is planning on travelling on their own and needs some inspiration.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still enjoyable I always enjoy coming back to it...a nice escape. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I really enjoyed this book, more so than the movie!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Lovely Story This book is beautiful for those of us who are feeling in transition or those who love to travel. I think you have to get a bit creative to decipher your own meaning from this story, but that's half the fun. I wouldn't quite call it "life-changing" but it was definitely an easy and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not bad I really enjoyed many parts of this books, but i found the ending fell a bit flat. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not very Good I enjoyed her writing style, but I absolutely could not warm to her at all. To be fair, I do think she would be an excellent travel writer.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational Great read! Couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the Cultural Adventure Great companion to the movie version with Julia Roberts. Love the adventure of the writer going to different countries. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meaningful Such a great, meaningful book. I throughly enjoyed it and would read it again!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Will Inspire Journeys This book is amazing, though we cannot all take a trip to Italy, India and Indonesia...we can all take our own journeys and begin the steps to creating a life we can be proud of. I highly recommend this and and other Elizabeth Gilbert books.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read A fantastic read, very inspiring and thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super! This was a great read, you get right into it until you finish. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from insightful My friend recommended it and I love it!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite! This is one of my all time favourite books. A must read!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it! Very though provoking and refreshing. Good read.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting book I loved this book the first time I read it and only "meh" the second time (8-10 years later). I think you take different things away from it at different stages of life.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read The book is enjoyable to the very last page. Emotional, thought-provoking and engaging.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is so meaningful This book helped me realize what is really important in life.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous! So captivating! Makes you want to go out and explore the world! Great story about how one woman was able to find herself.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I was really looking forward to reading this book after the rave reviews, I found it a little slow and disappointing. At times, trying too hard to draw emotional response from the reader.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable read Loved this book. Made me think, laugh, and cry. Made me want to live life to the fullest. Great text, and loved the film too. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! This is a book I reach for again and again - when i'm in a rut, looking to be inspired, or yearning for an adventure from the comfort of my own home. Highly recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful memoir This is a beautiful story and does not deserve much of the criticism that it receives. Gilbert has crafted a memoir of honesty and wisdom that anyone struggling with self-identity should read. Her other books are worth the read as well.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I truly enjoyed this book, I would recommend it to anyone. It's inspiring, great for anyone trying to find themselves.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I have read this book over and over again. Such a great read!!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This book is wonderful for any woman who feels she is in a rut. Or feels like she needs to find herself. It draws you in, and gives you courage. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love One of the very few books I couldn't finish reading. It was too hard for me to get into. I don't really get all the hype that first came with this book.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing #plumreview I found it difficult to finish.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then I expected I really loved this book. And I thought it would be pretentious and something I would read because my dad wanted me to. But I loved it. It was funny (which I didn't expect) and honest. That she hated meditation and didn't understand how she was depressed in Rome. I've never been to ROme but I can understand that well. Being in a good physical place but not feeling it in your body and heart. This is something I would definitely recommend. Separate yourself from any fear that it is pretentious or something only middle aged women should read (which is what I thought) and just enjoy her journey.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bought this randomly since I needed something to read on the plane. So glad I did. Excellent book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful This was a lovely book that will have you taking a look at your own life and really asking yourself what you want from it. You get taken on wonderful journey that will have you laughing and crying the whole way.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Bought this as a summer read and fell in love.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adventure ride This is a feel good book. I read it about 4 years ago and then re-read a month ago. It's beautifully written and every time I read it, I learn something new. I get inspired to go beyond my limitations and to just explore this world and myself. Because of the book, I took up new hobbies, travels and over hauled my life to pursue what I truly love. It's soul therapy. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Life I thought this book was ok...i did relate to some of her thoughts but overall most ppl would not be able to just drop everything to find yourself and travel all over! But i did finish the book and didnt mind it!
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from awful the movie was awful too
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic vacation read Everything has already been said about this book, so I will only say it lived up to the hype for me. Turning the last page I felt braver and stronger after a recent break up, and inspired to extend the current solo backpacking trip I was on . A great read.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert This was an enjoyable read offering believable insight into the mind and personality of the author. A bit long in parts but still very good.
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational This memoir chronicles the story of Elizabeth Gilbert’s marriage, divorce and her travels around the world, trying to find herself. She spends four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life (“Eat”). She spent three months in India, finding her spirituality (“Pray”). She ends the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for “balance” of the two and found love (“Love”) in the form of a handsome and charming Brazilian factory owner.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don’t do it unless you are in Oprah’s Book Club A great idea with a great premise, even a great message. But that message started wearing really thin for me about 2-3 of the way through. I think it was her delivery. She just started getting too repetitive, preachy and, well, annoying. It was like going travelling with a friend for a week too long.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Experience life. Slow start, but if you stick to it, you witness a woman's journey to change her life, experiencing different cultures, and gaining a new appreciation of life.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved the movie. The book was twice as awesome! I guess I'm just an old romantic
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat, pray, love Great book. Recomend for everyone.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A travel blog-style peace of art This book actually inspired me NOT to follow a path worth fighting for in my own quest to find myself after a terribly serious break up. This helps "the inspirers" of the world prioritize their lives, hone in on their needs and assertions and it is what I would consider a revision to a young adults travelling pants and instead a resolution in eating properly and balancing the self and ego. I would recommend this piece for anyone seeking solitude and love again. For the person who believes in the universe, this is a world involved piece in inner peace. A value neutral must-read for twenty year olds and divorcees. The movie does not do this novel justice.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I've never been so at peace and inspired by a book while also laughing hysterically. The perfect feel good novel.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love A good read, especially if you love travel, amd have ever lost your way in life. More chickflicky than I normally read, it was a fun and interesting perspective.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love Just after getting this for my ebook reader, I'm finding it super hard to put down. Some passages may be a bit difficult to muddle through, it's an excellent read, nonetheless.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love Although somewhat hard to get into at first, once you get past the first heart breaking chapter of this book, I loved it. It was very emotional and witty, and depending on where you are at in life, any part of the story is likely to grab you and pull you in. Gilbert created an amazing story in so many different lands, it's hard not to imagine putting yourself right into the story, whether married, divorced or hungry, you will love it in the end. It's worth a read every time, and I can't wait to re-read it!
Date published: 2013-10-04
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 not really, did it touch me, 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 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 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 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 ...
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

Read from the Book

1I 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 languages. We speak first in Italian, and he is patient with me; then we speak in English, and I am patient with him. I discovered Giovanni a few weeks after I'd arrived in Rome, thanks to that big Internet cafÈ at the Piazza Barbarini, across the street from that fountain with the sculpture of that sexy merman blowing into his conch shell. He (Giovanni, that is—not the merman) had posted a flier on the bulletin board explaining that a native Italian speaker was seeking a native English speaker for conversational language practice. Right beside his appeal was another flier with the same request, word-for-word identical in every way, right down to the typeface. The only difference was the contact information. One flier listed an e-mail address for somebody named Giovanni; the other introduced somebody named Dario. But even the home phone number was the same.Using my keen intuitive powers, I e-mailed both men at the same time, asking in Italian, "Are you perhaps brothers?"It was Giovanni who wrote back this very provocativo message: "Even better. Twins!"Yes—much better. Tall, dark and handsome identical twenty-five-year-old twins, as it turned out, with those giant brown liquid-center Italian eyes that just unstitch me. After meeting the boys in person, I began to wonder if perhaps I should adjust my rule somewhat about remaining celibate this year. For instance, perhaps I could remain totally celibate except for keeping a pair of handsome twenty-five-year-old Italian twin brothers as lovers. Which was slightly reminiscent of a friend of mine who is vegetarian except for bacon, but nonetheless ... I was already composing my letter to Penthouse:In the flickering, candlelit shadows of the Roman café, it was impossible to tell whose hands were caress—But, no.No and no.I chopped tvhe fantasy off in mid-word. This was not my moment to be seeking romance and (as day follows night) to further complicate my already knotty life. This was my moment to look for the kind of healing and peace that can only come from solitude.Anyway, by now, by the middle of November, the shy, studious Giovanni and I have become dear buddies. As for Dario—the more razzle-dazzle swinger brother of the two—I have introduced him to my adorable little Swedish friend Sofie, and how they've been sharing their evenings in Rome is another kind of Tandem Exchange altogether. But Giovanni and I, we only talk. Well, we eat and we talk. We have been eating and talking for many pleasant weeks now, sharing pizzas and gentle grammatical corrections, and tonight has been no exception. A lovely evening of new idioms and fresh mozzarella.Now it is midnight and foggy, and Giovanni is walking me home to my apartment through these back streets of Rome, which meander organically around the ancient buildings like bayou streams snaking around shadowy clumps of cypress groves. Now we are at my door. We face each other. He gives me a warm hug. This is an improvement; for the first few weeks, he would only shake my hand. I think if I were to stay in Italy for another three years, he might actually get up the juice to kiss me. On the other hand, he might just kiss me right now, tonight, right here by my door ... there's still a chance ... I mean we're pressed up against each other's bodies beneath this moonlight ... and of course it would be a terrible mistake ... but it's still such a wonderful possibility that he might actually do it right now ... that he might just bend down ... and ... and ... Nope.He separates himself from the embrace."Good night, my dear Liz," he says."Buona notte, caro mio," I reply.I walk up the stairs to my fourth-floor apartment, all alone. I let myself into my tiny little studio, all alone. I shut the door behind me. Another solitary bedtime in Rome. Another long night's sleep ahead of me, with nobody and nothing in my bed except a pile of Italian phrasebooks and dictionaries.I am alone, I am all alone, I am completely alone.Grasping this reality, I let go of my bag, drop to my knees and press my forehead against the floor. There, I offer up to the universe a fervent prayer of thanks.First in English.Then in Italian.And then—just to get the point across—in Sanskrit.2And since I am already down there in supplication on the floor, let me hold that position as I reach back in time three years earlier to the moment when this entire story began—a moment which also found me in this exact same posture: on my knees, on a floor, praying.Everything else about the three-years-ago scene was different, though. That time, I was not in Rome but in the upstairs bathroom of the big house in the suburbs of New York which I'd recently purchased with my husband. It was a cold November, around three o'clock in the morning. My husband was sleeping in our bed. I was hiding in the bathroom for something like the forty-seventh consecutive night, and—just as during all those nights before—I was sobbing. Sobbing so hard, in fact, that a great lake of tears and snot was spreading before me on the bathroom tiles, a veritable Lake Inferior (if you will) of all my shame and fear and confusion and grief.I don't want to be married anymore.I was trying so hard not to know this, but the truth kept insisting itself to me.I don't want to be married anymore. I don't want to live in this big house. I don't want to have a baby.But I was supposed to want to have a baby. I was thirty-one years old. My husband and I—who had been together for eight years, married for six—had built our entire life around the common expectation that, after passing the doddering old age of thirty, I would want to settle down and have children. By then, we mutually anticipated, I would have grown weary of traveling and would be happy to live in a big, busy household full of children and homemade quilts, with a garden in the backyard and a cozy stew bubbling on the stovetop. (The fact that this was a fairly accurate portrait of my own mother is a quick indicator of how difficult it once was for me to tell the difference between myself and the powerful woman who had raised me.) But I didn't—as I was appalled to be finding out—want any of these things. Instead, as my twenties had come to a close, that deadline of THIRTY had loomed over me like a death sentence, and I discovered that I did not want to be pregnant. I kept waiting to want to have a baby, but it didnt happen. And I know what it feels like to want something, believe me. I well know what desire feels like. But it wasn't there. Moreover, I couldn't stop thinking about what my sister had said to me once, as she was breast-feeding her firstborn: 'Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit.'How could I turn back now, though? Everything was in place. This was supposed to be the year. In fact, we'd been trying to get pregnant for a few months already. But nothing had happened (aside from the fact that—in an almost sarcastic mockery of pregnancy—I was experiencing psychosomatic morning sickness, nervously throwing up my breakfast every day). And every month when I got my period I would find myself whispering furtively in the bathroom: Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me one more month to live ...

Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTIONFrom the way Elizabeth Gilbert’s tale begins—with our heroine in Rome, fawning over a sexy, young Italian—one could be forgiven for thinking that Eat, Pray, Love might just belong on the chick-lit shelf next to Amy Sohn’s Run, Catch, Kiss. But first blushes can be deceiving, and from the book’s introductory quote—“Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth”—we know Gilbert’s not out to deceive. Not her readers and, most important, not herself.In what could be construed as a coming-of-age story for thirtysomethings, Gilbert leaves behind an excruciating divorce, tumultuous affair, and debilitating depression as she sets off on a yearlong quest to bridge the gulf between body, mind, and spirit. Part self-deprecating tour guide, part wry, witty chronicler, Gilbert relates this chapter of her life with a compelling, richly detailed narrative that eschews the easy answers of New Age rhetoric. In the book’s early pages, a flashback finds the smart, savvy, successful Gilbert on her knees on the bathroom floor of the Westchester house she inhabits with her husband, wailing and wallowing in sorrow, snot, and tears (“a veritable Lake Inferior”), awkwardly embarking on her first conversation with God.During the interminable wait for her divorce, Gilbert accepts a magazine assignment in Bali, where she meets a ninth-generation medicine man “whose resemblance to the Star Wars character Yoda cannot be exaggerated.” He evaluates her palm, forecasting her return to Bali—a prediction that resurfaces when she hatches an escape plan from pain: “to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India, and, in Indonesia, the art of balancing the two.”Drawn by the beauty of its mother tongue, Gilbert arrives in Rome dead set on a self-restoration remedy rooted in pleasure and chastity, a peculiar pairing she describes as the antidote for decades spent sublimating herself to lovers with the dedication of “a golden retriever and a barnacle.” For Gilbert, luxuriating in simple pleasures means sounding the curtain call on personal demons—in this case a good-cop, bad-cop routine starring loneliness and depression—and allowing her own desires (gelato for breakfast!) to take center stage.Pleasure triumphs, and our protagonist is prepared for the next leg of her journey: an ashram in India, where racing thoughts eventually yield to successful meditation and a cast of supportive characters, including a plumber-poet from New Zealand, an ever-amiable, sage Texan, and the Indian tomboy she scrubs the temple floors with as part of her devotional duty.By the time Gilbert arrives in Indonesia, she has shed her grief, realizing her own ability to control her reaction to life’s events. She is strong, enjoying a succession of simple days spent with the medicine man, a Javanese surfer dude, and a woman healer. Bicycling around Bali, she finds balance and, as the title suggests, love. Happiness, Gilbert comes to realize, “is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.” ABOUT ELIZABETH GILBERTElizabeth 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 forGQ. 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. A CONVERSATION WITH ELIZABETH GILBERTQ. The realization that you did not want to have children serves as a turning point in the reevaluation of your life that led to divorce. Later you quote Virginia Woolf—“Across the broad continent of a woman’s life falls the shadow of a sword”—writing about a woman’s choice between convention and tradition versus “a far more interesting” yet “perilous” life. Do you think this is as true today for the modern, urban American woman?When modern American women make the deliberate choice not to have children they are still called upon to defend that choice, in a culture where motherhood is still regarded as the natural evolution of a woman’s life. But I remember my own mother musing once that she thought women had been “sold a bill of goods” during the 1970s, in terms of being promised that they could have everything simultaneously—family, career, marriage, privacy, equality, femininity, and autonomy. Reality has taught us that no woman can build an honest life without sacrificing something along the way. Deciding what will be sacrificed is not easy. But the good news is this: increasingly, that decision is ours.Q. Joseph Campbell spent a lifetime studying myths from around the world, ultimately sketching the archetype of the hero as a protagonist who sets out on a journey that ends in personal—and spiritual—transformation. Do you see echoes of the hero’s tale (well, heroine’s) in your own story?Back when Campbell (whom I love, by the way) was teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, his female students would sometimes ask, “But what about the heroine’s journey? Don’t women get to participate in this universal questing epic?” Traditional world mythology, however, frankly replies: “Nope.” Women (as life bearers) have always been seen by mythmakers (men) as being automatically perfect for their task; they don’t need to transform. Well, I was never going to be a life bearer and was painfully yearning for the classically soul-changing quest. So throughout my journey, I definitely identified much more closely with the struggling hero archetype than with the self-possessed goddess archetype.Q. Do you think travel necessitates personal growth because one is forced to respond to and accept the unfamiliar? In your opinion, how much does it depend on an individual’s willingness to embrace opportunity?No experience in this world has ever been cathartic without the willing participation of the individual. Life does not automatically bestow wisdom or growth upon anyone just for showing up. You have to work ceaselessly on your end to digest and imbibe your opportunities or, I have come to believe, they will gradually slip away and knock on someone else’s more receptive door.Q. You have a strong distrust of antidepressants, portraying them as Western medicine’s easy answer to despair. In light of the experiences related in the book, do you now believe that seeking help when one needs it is a sign of courage and the first step on the road to healing?I actually have a great deal of respect for antidepressants; I think they can be enormously mighty tools toward recovery. What I question is the current notion that a little vitamin P is the only thing needed to restore a torn life. We are multifaceted beings, and if we are to heal our suffering we must address our wounds on every imaginable level, seeking help from as many sources as possible, not just from pharmaceutical companies. And, yes, that all begins with the brave admission that one is lost and wants to be recovered.Q. You ended up structuring your book conceptually using japa mala—the beads used as an aid in many strands of Eastern meditation—as your model. This allowed you to tell your tale using 108 sections, divided into three groups of 36, your age at the time, with each group representing a different leg of your travels. How did you decide to use this device, and how difficult was it to remain faithful to this format?Brace yourself for the world’s hokiest answer: the idea came to me in meditation in India. The idea arrived fully formed. In one glorious instant I was shown a complete vision of how the book would be organized. This idea was a massive gift to me; the structure kept my storytelling in order, preventing me from rambling digressions. And the idea of the prayer beads kept me on topic emotionally, too, reminding me at every moment that this book was ultimately a spiritual exercise, an offering.Q. How did you come to the decision to have your sister and, to a lesser extent, your mother serve as points of comparison for your own life?How could they not be comparisons? I think we all compare ourselves to our mothers and sisters, and, in my case, these are the two most influential women in my life—powerful and inspiring. And yet they’ve made markedly different choices than I have. But I witnessed this truth in them, too—that it was not without a certain level of sacrifice and struggle that they embraced motherhood and marriage. I learned a lot about my own ambivalence by studying theirs from every visible angle, using their experiences to teach me about myself.Q. The personal encounters you have in Italy, India, and Indonesia seem to affect you deeply, and your guru’s philosophy clearly informs your own. Do you think that self-discovery requires the insights of others? What do you make of this paradox?I don’t see the paradox; I think sincere self-exploration requires the insight of everyone. One of my guru’s most helpful instructions is to “become a scientist of your own experience,” which I take as an invitation to explore every possible line of human spiritual thinking. The world has been blessed with some extraordinary teachers over history—use them! That said, studying can only take you so far. At some point you have to lay aside the books, hope that your mind has actually absorbed some wisdom, and just sit there in silence, letting your soul ascend to its own leadership. And that’s something nobody can do for you.Q. Before you leave India, your poet-plumber friend from the ashram writes a few lines of verse as a good-bye. In his poem, he describes you as “betwixt and between.” Do you think one can remain continually betwixt and between or is there a point at which this approach to life would become a burden?Well, you don’t want to become a hunk of driftwood. When I was in India I ran into some travelers who’d never settled down, and they all had that look of tight madness around the eyes. What you do want to remain, though, whether you are traveling or not, is alert. Pay attention to the signals—is it time to lay down roots? Or time to go exploring again? As for me, I’ve come to trust the power of a lifelong quest; if you keep asking honest questions and keep giving honest answers, you will always be instructed clearly on what to do next, and when and with whom. (In other words: I’m happily and quietly living with my sweetheart, for the time being, in Philadelphia.)Q. Eat, Pray, Love marks a point of departure from your previous work by focusing on your own life. Was it difficult for you to turn your talents to your own experience, revealing so much to readers about your internal life and personal journey?Oddly, I never thought of it as a particularly personal story. To me, the arc of the narrative felt completely universal—doesn’t everyone struggle with these same questions, doubts, and longings? So, no, it wasn’t difficult to write this. Though I do feel it would have been impossible not to write it. I was so consumed by questions that I needed the ordering process of writing to help me sort through them. As Joan Didion once said, “I write so I can learn what I think.”Q. How important does that year in your life seem to you now?How important was the first breath you ever took the day you were born? DISCUSSION QUESTIONSGilbert writes that “the appreciation of pleasure can be the anchor of humanity,” making the argument that America is “an entertainment-seeking nation, not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one.” Is this a fair assessment?After imagining a petition to God for divorce, an exhausted Gilbert answers her phone to news that her husband has finally signed. During a moment of quietude before a Roman fountain, she opens her Louise Glück collection to a verse about a fountain, one reminiscent of the Balinese medicine man’s drawing. After struggling to master a 182-verse daily prayer, she succeeds by focusing on her nephew, who suddenly is free from nightmares. Do these incidents of fortuitous timing signal fate? Cosmic unity? Coincidence?Gilbert hashes out internal debates in a notebook, a place where she can argue with her inner demons and remind herself about the constancy of self-love. When an inner monologue becomes a literal conversation between a divided self, is this a sign of last resort or of self-reliance?When Gilbert finally returns to Bali and seeks out the medicine man who foretold her return to study with him, he doesn’t recognize her. Despite her despair, she persists in her attempts to spark his memory, eventually succeeding. How much of the success of Gilbert’s journey do you attribute to persistence?Prayer and meditation are both things that can be learned and, importantly, improved. In India, Gilbert learns a stoic, ascetic meditation technique. In Bali, she learns an approach based on smiling. Do you think the two can be synergistic? Or is Ketut Liyer right when he describes them as “same-same”?Gender roles come up repeatedly in Eat, Pray, Love, be it macho Italian men eating cream puffs after a home team’s soccer loss, or a young Indian’s disdain for the marriage she will be expected to embark upon at age eighteen, or the Balinese healer’s sly approach to male impotence in a society where women are assumed responsible for their childlessness. How relevant is Gilbert’s gender?In what ways is spiritual success similar to other forms of success? How is it different? Can they be so fundamentally different that they’re not comparable?Do you think people are more open to new experiences when they travel? And why?Abstinence in Italy seems extreme, but necessary, for a woman who has repeatedly moved from one man’s arms to another’s. After all, it’s only after Gilbert has found herself that she can share herself fully in love. What does this say about her earlier relationships?Gilbert mentions her ease at making friends, regardless of where she is. At one point at the ashram, she realizes that she is too sociable and decides to embark on a period of silence, to become the Quiet Girl in the Back of the Temple. It is just after making this decision that she is assigned the role of ashram key hostess. What does this say about honing one’s nature rather than trying to escape it? Do you think perceived faults can be transformed into strengths rather than merely repressed?Sitting in an outdoor café in Rome, Gilbert’s friend declares that every city—and every person—has a word. Rome’s is “sex,” the Vatican’s “power”; Gilbert declares New York’s to be “achieve,” but only later stumbles upon her own word,antevasin, Sanskrit for “one who lives at the border.” What is your word? Is it possible to choose a word that retains its truth for a lifetime?

Editorial Reviews

"If a more wonderful writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her... Gilbert's prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in." —Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review"An engaging, intelligent, and highly entertaining memoir... [Her] account of her time in India is beautiful and honest and free of patchouli-scented obscurities." —Lev Grossman, Time"A meditation on love in many forms... Gilbert's wry, unfettered account of her extraordinary journey makes even the most cynical reader dare to dream of someday finding God deep within a meditation cave in India, or perhaps over a transcendent slice of pizza." —Los Angeles Times"Gilbert's memoir reads like the journal of your most insightful, funny friend as she describes encounters with healers, ex-junkies, and (yes!) kind, handsome men." —Glamour "Readable [and] funny... By the time she and her lover sailed into a Bali sunset, Gilbert had won me over. She's a gutsy gal, this Liz, flaunting her psychic wounds and her search for faith in a pop-culture world." —The Washington Post"This insightful, funny account of her travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes... Gilbert's journey is well worth taking." —Entertainment Weekly ("A" rating)"Be advised that the supremely entertaining Eat Pray Love—a mid-thirties memoir by the endlessly talented Elizabeth Gilbert—is not just for the ladies, fellas." —GQ"Compulsively readable... Think Carrie Bradshaw cut loose from her weekly column, her beloved New York City, and her trio of friends, riffing her way across the globe on an assortment of subjects ranging from the 'hands-down most amazing' Sicilian pasta she's ever tasted to her reason for buying sexy lingerie to our collective, species-driven instinct for being on the planet." —Elle"Gilbert's exuberance and her self-deprecating humor enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, 'It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, "I've always been a big fan of your work." ' " —The New Yorker"An intriguing and substantive journey recounted with verve, humor, and insight. Others have preceded Gilbert in writing this sort of memoir, but few indeed have done it better." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer"In this engrossing and captivating travel memoir, journalist Liz Gilbert globe-trots for a year to Italy, India, and Indonesia... Lucky for us, the lessons she learns are entirely importable." —Marie Claire"Gilbert's writing is chatty and deep, confident and self-deprecating... that makes her work engaging and accessible." —San Francisco Chronicle"As a friend--and as a writer--Gilbert is innocently trusting, generous, loving, and expressive." —The Boston Globe "Gilbert is an irresistible narrator—funny, self-deprecating, fiercely intelligent... [She's] such a sincere seeker... [It's] impossible not to applaud her breakthrough." —"An intimate account of a spiritual journey. But it's also a zippy travelogue with rich, likeable characters...You will laugh, cry, and love with a more open heart." —Rocky Mountain News"Gilbert is a witty, funny, and likeable pilgrim on a hero's journey." —The Oregonian"Run-of-the-mill envy doesn't begin to describe what many readers must feel when devouring Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A captivating storyteller with a gift for enlivening metaphors, Gilbert is Anne Lamott's hip, yoga-practicing, footloose younger sister, and readers will laugh and cry as she recounts her nervy and outlandish experiences and profiles the extraordinary people she meets... [Her] sensuous and audacious spiritual journey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening." -Booklist (starred review)"Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry—conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor—as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote, and impression." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Gilbert takes us on a pilgrimage, with the humor, insight, and charm that only come with honest self-revelation and good writing." —Jack Kornfield, The Omega Institute"Spilling out of this funny (and profound) circus car of a book are dozens of mesmerizing characters; people you'll envy Liz Gilbert for finding, valuing, loving, and, I couldn't help noticing, joining for irresistible meals. I've never read an adventure quite like this one, where a writer packs up her entire life and takes it on the road." —Alan Richman"This is a wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight... Gilbert is everything you would love in a tour guide of magical places she has traveled to both deep inside and across the oceans: she's wise, jaunty, human, ethereal, hilarious, heartbreaking, and, God, does she pay great attention to the things that really matter." —Anne Lamott