Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Book - 2006
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Thuy909
Dec 30, 2020

There’s a movie

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Horseshoe
Sep 14, 2020

I really enjoyed this book.

Gemini__Librarian Jul 22, 2020

Eat, Pray, Love is Elizabeth Gilbert's meditation on accepting loss, realization and transforming in the process. She is determined to remedy the loss of her newly recent separation and impending divorce by embarking on a globe-trotting adventure. Instead of lamenting and wishing for an alternative ending to what was years of what she considered an enriching, intellectual relationship she makes vows for self-help, self-improvement and proposes a theory of learning about others ways' of life and culture as holistic, spiritual fulfillment. Her narrative is straight-factual, comical, insightful and makes for a clear, easily discernible read. She decides to use her primary American culture as a measure of comparison as she experiences other cultures. In Italy she seems ecstatic in their ways of simplicity, admires the beauty of Italian countryside and emphasizes their proliferation of local Italian traditions whether it's savoring gelato or admiring Italian Renaissance architecture. She seeks authenticity as she hones her use of Italian and learns more about one of civilization's most recognized romance languages. In India she is awe of vistas and the reverence of native, Indian people who truly appear to value and respect human life with their intense devotion, praying rituals, vegetarian feasts, welcoming nature and emphasis on modesty and community. She appears to learn the art of pluralism versus individualism, or the idea of placing value on the community and society's collective wellbeing versus the individual's priorities. In her journey of exploration she also happens to meet a new friend who becomes a love interest and she learns to appreciate their distinct perspectives in a more appreciative manner given her newfound independence and freedom. Eat, Pray, Love became a book club cult favorite for women seeking personal and intellectual growth in the midst of an interpersonal crisis such as navigating heartbreak and grief; it overall makes for an interesting read and musing on travel during such a personal epidemic and female soul searching. - Review Written by Danielle

“Eat, Pray, Love?” I remember that. It’s by the woman who found her husband, then wrote a best-selling book about commitment, then dumped him when she self-discovered she was a lesbian and wrote a best-seller about that. I’d rather take spiritual advice from a fortune cookie. It does serve as a bad example.

“Eat, Pray, Love?” I remember that. It’s by the woman who found her husband, then wrote a best-selling book about commitment, then dumped him when she self-discovered she was a lesbian and wrote a best-seller about that. I’d rather take spiritual advice from a fortune cookie. It does serve as a bad example.

“Eat, Pray, Love?” I remember that. It’s by the woman who found her husband, then wrote a best-selling book about commitment, then dumped him when she self-discovered she was a lesbian and wrote a best-seller about that. I’d rather take spiritual advice from a fortune cookie. It does serve as a bad example.

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novesky
Apr 11, 2019

Ugh! Unrealistic, selfish, rich, self absorbed....I do not like the woman at all. Not a good book. Do not take any advice from this woman. She does not live in the real world and is delusional. I can't believe all the hype on this book.

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lunabookworm55
Mar 17, 2019

Welp, I had heard about this book had become very popular among older ladies, and I had also been moved by the author's TedTalk on artistic work ethic and inspiration. But I was very disappointed by this book. In the beginning, she is looking at her feelings in hindsight after she got divorced and was traveling to find herself. Okay, that's understandable I suppose. But then she starts sulking. Or at least it seemed like it, it seemed very dishonest how she was talking about going on a spiritual and intellectual journey by learning new things in new countries, but then starts talking about how she's drooling over the idea of having physical relations with her language tutor in a different country. It wasn't because he was smart or funny, from all I could see, though I may be wrong, she was attracted to him because he was "exotic". It was gross. But it's hypocritical to say that you don't require physical things, such as a man's love, that you are independent and derive wirth from intellectual and spiritual journeys only to become a woman who cannot get her mind away from fantasies of an adult nature. Not inspiring, self-indulgent, self-pitying and just boring and sad. I would not recommend the book.

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cluong_0
Mar 13, 2019

Really took away the monotony from my morning commutes. I was led on a journey all across the world with Liz to find out who she is and wants to be, and in the process I find myself asking the same questions. Pretty cool.

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Kmum1
Nov 27, 2018

After an embarrassingly long time reading this book (only because it was so terribly uninteresting) I finally managed to finish it. The first section - Italy is the best part of the book so if you find it hard to get through, then take my advice and put this book down....forever. The second part of the book- India is best likened to the Gurugita (182 verses of meditation) and I pushed through it to get to the third section in Indonesia because now I was more than half way through and the book couldn’t possibly be any worse right? Wrong!

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

Eat, Pray, Love is a magnificent memoir about how facing the truth of who you want to be opens the heart and mind to the deepest secrets of the self. Gilbert’s candor and honesty feel almost confessional as she examines the pain of her life in excruciating detail. The openness with which she tackles her personal turmoil allows for a fascinating study of her own mind. Sharing her most intimate feelings about regret and failure allow readers to engage with her at every moment of her journey across three continents. Chronicling her life from the time of her devastating divorce and her subsequent love affair afterward with another man, Gilbert reveals her shattered self as a lost soul, clinically depressed and suicidal. To find reconciliation and begin healing, she travels first to Italy, where she immerses in the pleasure of indulgent eating and the desire to speak Italian. Leaving Italy after four months, she stays at an ashram in India, practicing and studying the path to her inner voice. The final leg of her journey takes her to Indonesia, where she finally encounters a lasting chance to love again. This book is a brilliant recollection of a quest to discover one’s self. Gilbert’s story has the bearing of an unforgettable travel narrative and a profound memoir that reaches the standards of a classic.

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tsinkhorn
Mar 23, 2017

I love this book for the adventure Liz took me on. What a great escape. I learned how to meditate, too. Bonus!

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mygirl1
Oct 15, 2016

Book was boring too much into herself! India well I skipped most of it, and the only reason I went on to the Bali part was because I just got back from there and was interested to see what she had to say about it! Some folk obviously liked it, but not my style of writing that`s for sure, wont be reading any of her other books!

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jl_beins
Jul 14, 2016

An exploration through the mind, body and spirit. Well being taught through the words of Elizabeth Gilbert filled me with wonder, excitement and an urgency to explore my own thoughts and reactions. She also painted her experiences abroad so vividly I felt as if I were there with her, exploring the streets of Rome while cleaning a bathroom, meditating in an ashram in India while driving to a friends house, or listening to the old medicine man give me wisdom while typing a report. It was all so enchanting and revealing, I want to read it again and again!

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cutemegz
Mar 17, 2016

I am not sure what the hype was about, It was an easy read some aspects very touching but Elizabeth Gilberts writing can become extremely annoying. After reading this novel I have no will to read any of her other works.

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law777
Dec 03, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. After going through a divorce myself I could relate to so much of this book and the journey towards finding yourself again after a marriage breakdown. An inspirational read for anyone who has found themselves lost at one point in life.

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Joyce0593
Jul 13, 2015

I enjoyed the first two sections, but by the third and final, Gilbert's self-indulgence becomes weary, and I was ready for her trip, and the book, to end. She does provide good descriptions and I might try one of her other books in which the focus is not Gilbert.

The rule Richard from Texas applies to India should also apply to this book. "Don't touch anything but yourself," and certainly not this book.

After eight years of marriage, a realization that she doesn't want children, and probably due to many other more serious reasons that are unnamed in the book, Liz calls a divorce with her husband. In the middle of the divorce process, Liz finds sexy, irresistible David, and falls head-over-heels in love. Liz eventually gets addicted to David's love, and later with his wavering attention span on her, she spends nights crying on the bathroom floor and writing in her notebook to herself (this is going to happen more times than one can imagine). Finally, Liz's divorce finally settles, she calls it off with David, and she is free to finally travel and learn the balance between worldly and spiritual desires.

Though Eat, Pray, Love is a nice memoir about a woman's spiritual journey, the book also rubs me the wrong way with a few racist comments, more than enough scenes of Liz crying on the bathroom floor, and way too many random facts and tidbits that bore me half to death. The part on Italy was captivating, but I had to fight my way through just to finish the part on India, only to find that I was once again forcing myself to finish Indonesia.

I would not recommend this book to you unless you want to know about the fountains of Rome, prayers in Sanskrit from India, or medicinal herbs used in Indonesia.

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readyrisa
May 18, 2015

What a glorious audio book... loved "reading" the book, too...but hearing it read by the author who has such a pleasant voice is a wonderful experience itself!

Italy, or, "Say it like you eat it," or, 36 tales about the pursuit of pleasure -- India, or, "Congratulations to meet you," or, 36 tales about the pursuit of devotion -- Indonesia, or, "Even in my underpants, I feel different," or, 36 tales about the pursuit of balance.

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erinsnest
Jan 03, 2015

I was so bored in the movie that I fell asleep. So....I didn't read this book!

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Persnickety77
Nov 17, 2014

over all the book has a warm, positive feel to it without being cheesy or overwrought. if you're sad, depressed, angry, disappointed... whatever.... you should read this book.

it's not going to help you pay the mortgage on your upside-down house, or cure your terminal illness, or take back all the injustices you have faced in your life. but it can help with how you deal with these things.

modis01 Sep 17, 2014

Flaky main character with implausible plot.

jennrose May 31, 2014

Eat.Pray.Puke.

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Catherine_t8
Apr 23, 2014

Loved it! Couldn't put it down. She is a wonderful writer.


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