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

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

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Publishing Group | June 29, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things and the forthcoming Big Magic 

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: June 29, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143118420

ISBN - 13: 9780143118428

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ome people that read this book found the main character (the author) quite annoying. I, on the other hand didn’t find this was the case. Her character is what made the story interesting whether people realize that or not. Because of her flamboyancy and the way she handled things, as well as how she ranted on about things. I started this book not really having any idea what it would be like, and I found reading Gilbert’s story was very inspiring. Travelling is something I have always wanted to do so learning about the places she went was pretty cool. The fact that it’s divided into three separate parts each for one place and one task – as you can see by the title – sat well in my mind. Even though I do more eating than praying or loving, each section I felt I could connect with in some way. Because the novel is realistic it was more appealing to me, especially the parts in India where Liz was meditating. Overall it was an interesting life story about a curious woman, who finally got the happiness she wanted in the end. I think I’ll give it a great 4 OUT OF 5. I had fun with the story. Check out my book review blog! http://insubstanial.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eat Pray Love First of all, let me state that I was very hesitant to read this book. I'm not generally into "chick lit". I mean, you'll never catch me with a Danielle Steele book in my hand and threw the first Shopoholic book down in digust a third of the way through; and I almost never give up on a book once I start it. The other thing that made me hesitate was that I was afraid that it would be preachy. I hate being told what to think or how to live which is why I don't get along well with religion as a general rule. I was very relieved, however, to discover that this book wasn't like that at all. It was an honest, sometimes brutally honest, and open recounting of Liz's journey from total despair and near-suicide to happiness and self-acceptance. She tells us her own understanding of the world and of God and how that evolved and continues to evolve as well as some of the teachings of those that she seeks out but never attempts to tell us that her way is THE right way. I was surprised to find that she and I share a lot of the same ideas about God and spirituality. Her story has given me a lot to think about and has made me look at myself in a different way. She also recounts her revelation that it's okay to do some things just for the pleasure of it. She spends four months in Italy doing just that. Her heart and psyche were so heavy with the burdens of life that she had forgotten to love herself until she learned to let go. It's something that more us need to learn. I have to admit that what she did is certainly unrealistic for most of us. I mean, how many of us are privileged enough to be able to walk away from our lives for a year to "find ourselves". This doesn't mean that we can't be inpired by her though. There are so many small things that can take away from this. What is wrong with enrolling in a class just for the fun of it; a new language, cooking, painting, poetry..........something that makes our heart soar....... Yes she has given me something to think about, right at a time when I really needed it too. Fate? I'm really glad that I overcame my hesitation and picked up the book. I recommend it to everone.
Date published: 2010-08-18

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

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

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: June 29, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143118420

ISBN - 13: 9780143118428

About the Book

A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

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 i
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A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things and the forthcoming Big Magic 

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

"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

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