Maybe it was Elizabeth's writing style..I cant put my finger on it...but, I had mixed emotions about this book and usually I either love it or don't.
I wholeheartedly admire her ability to take a year off of her life to 'find herself"...and that she was able to hold to it and got so much out of the experience. So...in all honestly...I don't know what has me feeling a little weirded out by the whole adventure.
I'll chalk it up to probably knowing that I couldn't do it or stick to it and found it all a little bit of an "out of body" experience.
It was just too much ashram, gurus, meditating, eating weird roots, sitting in punishing positions for hours just to "find yourself" for me. It's a personal thing...obviously!
God Bless her...it worked for her and after reading her Bio I see where she has continued to make it work and she is still with Philipe.
I can see where people can be very inspired by her journey but it didn't do as much for me as I wanted it to...and, perhaps I should examine that a bit more.!
This book is written from the heart. Liz Gilbert spills her innermost secrets and thoughts in this audiobook. She describes situations and feelings that we have all experienced at one time or another. Not only is the story moving, Liz Gilbert displays a very humorous, down-to-earth personality that adds to the story. She is someone you would love to meet.
This was a fascinating and wonderful book! It is the number one book on my personal list of favorite audio books.
The author, herself - in her smooth, soothing voice - narrates the book. This makes it all the more personal. You feel as if you are sitting with the author somewhere in a cafe and she is telling you her life's story.
Gilbert's message is excellent: make peace with where you are, be forgiving of yourself and others, quiet your talking mind, and open yourself to the JOY which is rightfully yours. Superb!
Loved that Liz Gilbert narrated her own book. She has such a wonderful voice. Although she is somewhat self-involved, I never tired of listening to her adventures on this book.
I ordered this book based upon the wonderful reviews and my love of "journey" or travel books. I hated it from the start. I felt that the humour was too contrived and silly and the author too self-absorbed. My initial dislike of the author progress so much I couldn't finish the book.
I wasted one of my audible.com credit so I am very disappointed.
Because she said it so much better than I could, I'm stealing Linda from Ocela FL's line: "Unless you are recently divorced, going through an acrimonious divorce, are bipolar or otherwise mentally challenged, do not buy this book."
This author is the most self absorbed, boring person I have ever read. She kept saying she didn't want to talk about her divorce or her husband, but never stoped talking about either. If you want an exhausting purge of a recent divorcee, then eat, love and pray your heart out. Otherwise, read anything else.
Surely among the most enjoyable spiritual books ever written, Eat, Pray, Love serves up hard-won truths that not only ring true, but are fun to experience vicariously. Although Gilbert occasionally verges on emotional excess, she captures the struggle and transformative promise of both daily yogic practice and human relationships. I particularly enjoyed the sections on India and Bali, where Gilbert "hits the wall" of self-confrontation and emerges a happier and more grounded adult. There's much more to take away in this little travel memoir than we've come to expect from the genre.
I Never write reviews, feeling it best for individuals to make their own decision. However, and this is a big however, I am making an exception for this book. Unless you are recently divorced, going through an acrimonious divorce, are bipolar or otherwise mentally challenged, do not buy this book. It has absolutely nothing to do with the title. I thought it sounded wonderful, would never have believed the majority of the book deals with mental problems, divorce etc. Would not have bought it had I "heard" the first 2 chapters. This may not be a politically correct review, but it is realistic.
Well written and entertaining throughout. For me, it felt like I would enjoy it more if I were going through a divorce or other mid-life crisis. The author describes her divorce and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as if they are accurate comparisions for grief and sympathy. I had problems identifying or sympathizing with her at all. If you are going through a divorce or other moderate emotional tragedy in your life, this book may help you cope. If you have had real tragedies in your life, this book may offend you.
Thinking this book was about my beloved Italy and the fast developing India, I was excited to read it. Instead it is the ranting of a self indulgent, narcissitic, left wing spoiled brat. It's awful!