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Eat, Pray, Love

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

Gilbert, Elizabeth

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Eat, Pray, Love
A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion#151;the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things 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 #147;Anne Lamott's hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister") is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007, c2006.
ISBN: 0143038419
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 22 cm.


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List - Armchair Adventure by: ChiPubLib_Adults Sep 05, 2013

Suffering from a punishing divorce in her early 30's, Gilbert took the step of taking yearlong trip to Italy, India and Indonesia in hopes of revitalizing herself. In Italy she indulges in gastronomic adventure, in India she meditates and in Indonesia she spends time with a healer. Gilbert is ani... Read More »

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Didn't like the main character much, so found it too hard to read. Stopped 3/4 through Italy.

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

Dec 11, 2014
  • kityojames rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Very understandable why this book is favorite of the female gender. As a man from Africa, apart from the good story, most of the facts are very usual. A man did not get what he wanted from a woman and the woman could not give it. Nothing would work for either, so it was quits. No big deal, I would have done the same in my situation. I am reading this book when the hulloballo has died down. Nothing unusual in this story except... to watch out for the republicans.

Nov 17, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 17, 2014
  • modis01 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Flaky main character with implausible plot.

May 31, 2014
  • jennrose rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.


Apr 23, 2014
  • MagicTune rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 28, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

** spoiler alert ** I LOVED the first section. Italy! It was my favorite chapter so far in the book. (I have just finished India). You were really grabbed by the character and had trouble putting it down. It was funny, actual laugh out loud funny! You were interested in her well-being and couldn't turn the next page fast enough. Her experiences were heart warming and fun. If you have be broken up after a break up you could understand what she was going through and what better way to get over someone than to go to Italy and eat, drink and have a good time.

Then we hit India. THe first several chapters were interesting because, to be honest, I didn't really understand where she was going until she really explained. However, after the first couple of chapters it became somewhat painful. I understand that it is an incredibly spiritual experience and what she went through during that time was difficult. It required an immense amount of concentration and devotion. However, after several chapter, after getting to the middle of it all, I was annoyed. It was just her, going on, and on and on. Which I guess when you are in an Ashram day after day there isn't a whole lot to talk about in 36 chapters. Not my favorite section. I'm hoping Bali will be a little more gripping.

And it was! It was more of a story with a wonderful love story intertwined with her every day. It was wonderful! The Bali portion of her journey left me smiling and the ending did too. It is a great summer book, again India was rough, but the Bali section more than made up for it and it still has me smiling. Its a wonderful story and again a great summer light read, minus India. I recommend it to anyone who wants a great chick, summer, fun, travel story that leaves you smiling

I was not inspired by this book. I only read it because I wanted to see the movie but that sucked to dont waste your time. I have read about people that have more integrity than this nutcase. If your'e the type of female that has control issues and cannot handle being alone without a man than this is the book for you. The author just rants and raves.complains. about herself and claims to get enlightened by spending 3 months in India which is nonsense. It usually takes a lot longer. My impression of this author is that all she wants is attention and needs a shrink. The book should be labeled Eat wish upon a star and have sex.

Dec 02, 2013
  • Lauraparr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have been meaning to read this book for years! I am not disappointed although I found the India part a little uninteresting and long but I guess it was an essential part of her journey. E. Gilbert's writing is very honest and touching which makes this book a great read. Her evolution as a person is incredible and very inspiring.

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May 19, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.

The love that moves the sun and the other stars."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

"You got to stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone 'oughtta be."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

May 19, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

May 19, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Dear me, how I love a library."
— Elizabeth Gilbert

"Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

"Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)


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Oct 19, 2010
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