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)
I thought I would really, really enjoy this story. By the time I got to the third part, I was starting to loose interest. I did like the overall story, and enjoyed following her journey from complete despair to rebuilding her life.
good overall feel good story, with drama sprinkled in here and there. a lot of times, i found myself saying, "okay, i get it. i know what you're trying to say already, let's move on now..."
narration is okay, i like when it comes from the author themselves, and she did a good job.
Yeah, so . . .it's a bit indulgent, maybe even Hedonistic . . .yeah, so? It's a great read about something we've all fantasized about - RUNNING AWAY! (Oh, yes, you have!)
The book had the potential to be good, however the author inserted her political agenda unnecessarily into the story line. This became to much of a distraction and I could not finish. My advise to all authors is to stay away from politics unless you are writing that type of book. She could have easily left politics out of this and it would have not affected the story.
Great book. Great narration. Even if you've already seen the movie, this would be a good read as there is a lot of good fun that didn't make it into the movie.
I waited a long time before listening to this book, since it had the potential to be something life-changing: a journey to insight and wisdom by someone with the literary skill to share it movingly with the rest of us. I waited, because it also had the potential to be a glorified travelogue by someone with the wherewithal and privilege to do the "year off" thing at mid-life, when the rest of us are supporting children, parents, or spouses. To my everlasting disappointment, I found only the latter. Although she hints throughout the book that she gained something deep and everlasting, I wasn't able to find it in her narrative. All in all, a charming travelogue, in lovely writing, that veers into off-putting narcissism from time to time. Recommended for the 'under 30' set.
So many women told me that this was the best book EVER and that I HAD TO READ IT!!!
After choking down half of it, I'd had enough (and I did actually slam the book down with that exclamation), I am still left to wonder why it has been so often hyped. The main character is a self-centered, exhausting, needy person, aren't there enough of those people in everyday life without having to read about it? It could have been written by a teenager with good writing skills. She is unlikeable and emotionally immature.
If it helps people on their spiritual journey, fabulous. I know I probably come off as a jerk, but although I have had my own share of life's ups and downs, I just cannot identify with the author. It's just not the book for me.
I have heard a lot of good things about this book and was very disappointed in it. I found it to be pretty boring. The author did a lot of talking about herself. There were parts that were ok, but I got tired of so many details about everything that when on in her mind. Get over yourself honey, your life isn't that interesting!
This is the first audiobook I listened to in its entirety. I started listening to it when I started running and I would lose track of time and distance, which says a lot for a beginner runner.
I enjoyed the fact that the author herself narrated the book. I loved her impressions of the accents of the people she met and I felt like it had more meaning coming from her. The 12 hours or so flew by.
I recommend this audiobook to all of my friends. I will probably listen again sometime in the near future.
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