Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want: a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the 23 happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way, unexpectedly.
An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
©2006 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.
"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)
"Gilbert's sensuous and audacious spiritual odyssey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening." (Booklist)
but you can't half them. I was completely engrossed in this book. It felt metamorphic for me UNTIL the last 30 minutes, then it got all complicated by the same BS I thought she was trying to overcome and escape. Disappointed in the ending, BUT the rest was soooooo good that it made it worth purchase.
This book was not what I thought it was going to be!! I don't not enjoy it!! ( to say the least) mostly because I could not relate to the author. Save your money and just see the movie. Hopefully it will be better??!!
What I Loved: As a History Buff--I absolutely love that this is more of a history lesson on marriage (and all that encompasses. Ms. Gilbert did an amazing amount research on this topic all across the globe. She was non-judgmental and really kind of just presented the facts.
What I Liked: I listened to this on Audio book (just as I did Eat, Pray, Love) and I think it made me like the book more. Elizabeth reads her own book, so she is very good at conveying what she is feeling during the reading. This adds a whole layer to the book that I think might be missing in the print version.
Why I gave it a 4: This audio book was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about commitment and the history of it through out the world. I also love that at different points she was good at making sure that the reader also knows that there is a good amount of happiness in being single too. If you love history and personal stories then you will enjoy this (as long as the topic appeals to you).
Not only a great personal story but incredibly well read by the author. Elizabeth Gilbert does a great job of conveying her emotions as she tells a story about the quest for her happiness! I really enjoyed it!
I loved it! Everything, from her calm voice, to the humor, and the insight. It is a keeper I will enjoy listening to counts less times! I am so excited for the movie!
I'm a college student who does not particularly like non-fiction books. In fact, I hate them for the most part. Add to that the fact that "Eat, Pray, Love" is the story of a middle aged woman who is in a completely different place in her life than I am in mine, and needless to say I was not convinced that this book would be as great as everyone said it would be. I was incredibly surprised to find that it was an amazing story that, I suspect, anyone could recognize themselves in. This book made me laugh and contemplate and become completely addicted to the journey. Lets just say I was disappointed when it ended. A definite must read. I can't wait for the movie to come out.
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