sobchakfan1203, August 3, 2010 (view all comments by sobchakfan1203)
I love this book, and am happy to share with the greater commuity the chance to get in on some fun shopportunities that makes one feel as if she is taking the journey from her own living room couch! Go to nonprofitshoppingmall.com and follow the eat-pray-love-shop link to learn how to give and shop; enjoy!
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AES, December 5, 2007 (view all comments by AES)
Saw your interview with Oprah and it really made me want to read this book. Eat Pray and Love
I feel that this is something that i need to do, as I am going though some of these emotions especially after a marriage of 26yrs. and now living day to day paycheck to paycheck, I just don't know which way to turn.
After watching Oprah show I felt like this is a book I need to read. Everyone that has read it on the show had great reviews and I felt maybe this is for me.
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a.huwaydi, November 17, 2007 (view all comments by a.huwaydi)
As a writer Elizabith Gilbert is not only witty and funny, but also highly captivating and well informed. However, her greatest trait as a writer is her all embracing truthfullness which enabled her to reflect her deepest thoughts and emotions in a very clear and touchy manner. In that regard she has imensly helped me in having a better understanding of my own. I simply loved the way she wrote.
Although she does'nt like to admit it, she is a wonderful travel guide. Now, and because of her book, I want to go to Italy and walk all over the place and maybe gain twenty bounds without any regrets.
As a seeker of "Truth", I must say that she came too short. Yoga and ancient wisdom have alot to offer but they don't have all the ansewrs. I hope she continues her search in other places and with other people of this big world of ours and come back to tell us about it.
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Gilbert is an engaging enough writer, but all the charm in the world can't mask the essential emptiness of this memoir, in which every single character exists for one purpose only: to help propel the monumentally self-absorbed Gilbert to her privileged American version of Enlightenment.
The dialogue is inauthentic and precious, and the writing degenerates badly by the third chapter, which also features Gilbert and her Brazilian boyfriend dishing the Balinese from their all-wise, Western perspective and shows how unsparingly Gilbert will turn her journalistic lens on those she claims as her "friends."
A book that began with great promise and ended in embarrassing vapidity.
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puddinooski, January 16, 2007 (view all comments by puddinooski)
It's a little embarrassing that I can't stop talking about this book. Also, that I've purchased 3 hardback copies (!) that I can't afford, because I feel my friends simply MUST read this. This book is a life-changer. On a small scale, maybe...the kind of thing that creeps into your thoughts now and again. Yes, it is a little like Jennifer Aniston hostessing you into enlightenment. But who else do you want to follow, really? Especially when we're talking about ashrams and God...If it were anyone less down-to-earth and human than Elizabeth Gilbert, I would have stopped reading and missed the wonderful, insightful, moving message. Highly recommended.
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"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 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 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 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 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.
For the millions of people—especially women—who fight the fat talk in their heads, her words will be familiar and comforting.” —Associated Press
In the opening pages of her memoir, Cyndi Lee shares a surprising revelation. Despite her success as a dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher, she was caught in a lifelong cycle of self-judgment about her body. Inspired by her students, Lee embarked on a journey of self-discovery—around the globe and within herself—and sought the counsel of knowing women, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Louise Hay. Applying the ancient Buddhist practice of loving-kindness meditation, Lee comes to learn that compassion is the only antidote to hate. By becoming her own best student, Lee internalizes the strength, stability, and clarity she seeks to impart.
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