goodwink, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by goodwink)
I read the book a few years ago, and spent a surprising amount of time laughing out loud. Last month, my husband and I listened to the audio book, read by the author herself. It is HILARIOUS! Hearing the book read in her own voice added so much to the experience. My husband isn't typically a fan of these sorts of books, but he was the first one to turn the CD on in the car! It was so much fun. We now bought copies for relatives, and are looking forward to listening to the sequel.
pookita, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by pookita)
Top honors: feeling, spitiual, self aware. What happened to your old policy of free shipping anywhere (I live in Mexico) with purchase of $50 or more?
Edward Hahn, July 22, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
When my friend, Glenn, suggested I read this book, I sort of chuckled and said I don't read "Chick-lit". So the rascal gave me a copy and I've been absorbing it for a week. I do mean "absorbing."
The book is a self-exploration journal covering a year in the life of the author - Eat (Italy), Pray (India) and Love (Bali). After reading the first third, I was ready to give it a six on a 1-5 scale. After plowing through the second third, I was looking at a three on the 1-5 scale. After finishing the last third I'm ready to award a four star rating, maybe four and a half.
There are times I was totally frustrated with her self-absorbed rantings. There were times when I laughed or cried out loud because her words so paralleled my experience. There were also times that she offered up observations that I can only describe as brilliant.
In a way, my experience of reading her journal was not unlike her experience of living it. I had good times and bad times. However, it did make me think about my own search for "balance". I'm not searching for enlightenment (maybe next life-time) just working to find a sense of peace, love and fulfillment. This book helped. I took away some good stuff that I will keep with me long after the other stuff has disappeared from my memory.
chawkey, February 9, 2011 (view all comments by chawkey)
I had a very hard time reading this book. I got frustrated with Gilbert’s “panic attacks” and whiney nature. Prior to Italy the worse whining ever, but once she got to India and her ashram, the whining decreased… Her characters are unbelievable and unrelatable. It’s hard to feel her point and become either sympathetic or involved with her. I would recommend this book if you are flying across country and need a distraction during your travels.
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Not long after her thirtieth birthday, on the heels of an ugly divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert traveled for a year, to Italy, India, and finally Indonesia. In Italy she wanted to explore the art of pleasure (pasta, wine, handsome men speaking a beautiful language); in India, devotion (waking at 4:15 a.m. to scrub the Ashram floor); and, the last four months she spent in Bali, trying to balance the two.
"The only thing wrong with this readable, funny memoir," one reviewer griped, "is that it seems so much like a Jennifer Aniston movie." Leave it to Hollywood, I guess, but Aniston isn't right for the part. Not earthy enough, too stiff. The traumatized, midnight weeping of Eat, Pray, Love's early pages might suit her, but could Aniston put on twenty-three pounds in four months — on camera — with a smile? And understand what she's smiling about? Since when do we blame authors for potentially misguided casting assignments, anyway? Here's the book that will finally put this critically acclaimed author on bestseller lists. Eat, Pray, Love — enjoy.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"Gilbert's sensuous and audacious spiritual odyssey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Gilbert's divorce and subsequent depression...are in fact more interesting than her year of travel. The author's writing is prosaic, sometimes embarrassingly so....Lacks the sparkle of her fiction."
by Library Journal,
"A probing, thoughtful title with a free and easy style, this work seamlessly blends history and travel for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"This insightful, funny account of [Gilbert's] travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes.... Gilbert's journey is well worth taking. Grade: A."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Eat, Pray, Love is in fact a meditation on love in its many forms: love of food, language, humanity, God and, most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"No, I'm not going to spoil the ending, which is fantastic. All I can say is that it is a storybook ending. Let's just hope it's true."
by Rocky Mountain News,
"This deeply personal story is fun and inspiring. Join Gilbert as she eats, prays and loves. You will laugh, cry and love with a more open heart."
A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
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