It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.
About the Author
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the Pen/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in Philadelphia.
The New York Times' bestseller - No 1 in the New York Times paperback non-fiction bestseller list; No 1 in Los Angeles, Boston and on Booksense; No 3 in San Francisco and Denver; No 7 in Washington Over half a million copies are now in print in the USA A combination of Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment, Driving over Lemons and The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing. Also for fans of Allison Pearson
Gilbert, a triple-threat author of short stories and novels as well as nonfiction-The Last American Man was an NBA and an NBCC finalist-here reflects on the "early-onslaught midlife crisis" that brought her to a halt at age 30. With an 11-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'It's what I'm giving all my girl friends' Julia Roberts 'Every woman should read it' Elle Macpherson 'I adore it' Sophie Dahl 'I loved it ... I could understand her wanting to write the book and her desire to heal' Meg Ryan
Gilbert (The Last American Man ) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights - the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners - Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise "betwixt and between" realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. 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. (On sale Feb. 20) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Oh, how wonderful! I laughed out loud, cried, and nodded my head over and over throughout this story of a woman's pilgrimage to find herself. She writes so well. This is a great read for anyone who loves to travel, loves to eat, wants to know God, or is having a crisis of anykind in their lives. I didn't want it to end! Great stuff.
A riviting read, story of a woman who after a very nasty divorce has to find a way to repair herself, first to eat and on to italy for a few months to indulge the senses and revive both her body and spirit, then to india to pray and meditate and repair her physical self, now she is ready to love and love through every pore of her being an emotional read that will have you laughing, crying and sympathsing all at once.
Yes, I also found this completely self-indulgent emotional rubbish by an author, who frankly still needs to learn more about herself and life to live a fulfilled life (starting with the world does not revolve around her!). I couldn't stand reading past the second chapter and I cannot believe this is a bestseller .... but clearly others love it. Perhaps one to get out from the libarary I'd say.
I am an avid reader and have a little eccentricity where I find it extremely difficult to not finish a book, even if I'm hating it. I take this eccentricity very seriously, to the point that there have only ever been two books in my 33 years that I haven't been able to finish and Eat, Love, Pray is one of them.
This book had potential to be fantastic but was nothing but a severe disappointment. The endless and boring dribble about food in Italy resulted in me reading less in each sitting and putting more space between each sitting. By the time I got to India I could barely take it anymore and unfortunately while I hoped it might pick up in India the boring dribble continued until I put the book away for good.
For reasons I can't comprehend, this book appears to be an international sensation and yet every real person I have known who has tried to read this book has been severely disappointment like me and I don't know a single girl who has managed to read past the India section.
In my opinion this book is a complete waste of money.
This is the most self-indulgent rubbish written by a whinging American woman trying to 'find herself' for what seems like ever in various spots on the planet.
Perhaps she just needed to go and do some charity work for the truly needy in the world and stop obsessing with her own feelings and love life for two minutes.
I really wanted to like the book - I payed good money for it. Honestly, though, I just couldn't stand another page of her whining, so I stopped reading it toward the end when I realised she was just going to drone on and on in the same vein about herself.
I really don't care if she ever 'found herself' or whatever.
Life is too short to give these people space on a bookshelf.
Let's hope the movie makes it into a better story with a character you can care about.
I fought reading this book for about a year, with everyone telling me I 'should'. I finally packed it away on a recent holiday, and what a total joy it was. I devoured this book like a chocoholic would devour the perfect chocolate cake. I loved the style, the humour, and yet also truly empathised with her struggles, and challenges. I was warned I would want to pack up my life and go back-packing around the world, and indeed one day I may. But most importantly, it reminded me to listen to myself, to trust my own inner voice, and to give that voice room to be heard. Splendid, that is the only word I can think of to sum it up. Simply Splendid.
I LOVED this book and so did my husband, and his friend he lent it to, and my Mum... such a beautiful story, keeps getting better until the end.. it is just so wonderful.. I couldn't put it down. Definitely read this book. Buy it so you can share it with friends
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt like the author was speaking to me and at times about me as I followed her journey of discovery. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels they are at a crossroad and not sure which path to take because for me it is reaffirming to know that your life is your own and your journey should lead where you want to go for your own happiness.
A great starting point if you're looking for some inspiration in your own life. One woman's view on pleasure, passion and spirituality and you'll keep thinking about it long after you've finished reading.
But don't worry, if you're just after a great read you won't be disappointed. Funny, moving and easy to relate to.
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