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)
Even though I don't agree with her on her spiritual beliefs, I found the book very entertaining and fun to read. Forget about what others said on the reviews, this is a very personal journey and she doesn't try to appear like someone who overcome a tragedy like divorce, she is talking about overcoming herself and she tells the story in a sincere, heartfelt and even funny way. She is also a great narrator.
I say go for it, but be cautious and be careful not to swallow all she says about religion, even though it sounds very appealing on the book, her postmodernist mindset has many flaws and need to be considered in a ver critical way before falling for it.
I have really, really enjoyed listening to this book. Elizabeth Gilbert has a very soothing voice and everything that she is doing and going through are things that I have done and been through. I almost feel as if I am there again. She is funny and witty and this book seems to uplift me. The time she spent in India was my favorite. Funny but also very informative. ( "Groceries" ...so funny ). Read it to find out. I found this book to be a great listen. I can't wait to see the movie.
Elizabeth Gilbert is a terrific voiceover talent as well as author. It was pure joy listening to her read her own book. As a person who does voiceover work as a profession, I am awed. Add that I myself am currently living in Rome - and I was thrilled at her discussion of the City.
I highly recommend this audio book!
I normally listen to books like Twilight Series, Sookie Stackhouse Series and Anita Blake series and I needed a change. I heard a lot of good things about this book and this wasn't what I was looking for but overall I enjoyed it. It is a bit slow but I would recommend to other. Enjoy!
I have now read (aka listened) to this book at least 3 times. Everytime I enjoy it for a different reason. I was looking for another book like this one and happened to see some of the reviews bashing EPL. I felt I needed to put my 2 cents in and mention that I am a 24 year old, unmarried, not divorced, young woman, and I completely enjoyed all of Elizabeth Gilbert's stories from countries I have never visited and cultures which I had no interest in experiencing until I read this book. Yes, I want to go live in an ashram (sp), bike ride around Bali, and learn to speak Italian in Italy. This book might not change your life, or be realistic for the majority of us who have to work everyday, but it is a first-hand glimpse into another woman's journey and maybe there is something that we can glean from her adventure to help us along our path.
I really enjoyed this book, more than only reading and entertaining, I learned a lot about ways of thinking and other cultures. Great way to take a trip through Elizabeth's eyes! However a little bit boring with all the divorce and love stuff. Overall a good book
I can't get through this book. I keep going back to it but it becomes a real chore just listening for a few minutes. I hate buying something and not listening but this one I can't seem to get through.
Boredom begets boredom
I think this story might be good. I just had to stop because the monotoned author sounded like she was bored telling the her own story. I know it was her memoir, but this one I should have trie to read so I could use my own voice.
Note to authors: Do what you do best- Write.
Let the Narrators- Narrate.
I may try again one year, when I am bored too.
I loved this book. Her stories and experiences and wants all hit home w/ me. Italy, finding inner peace, meditation, relationships.... It was great.
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