Genres: Self Help
Published by Riverhead Books
A celebrated writer's irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.
Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want—a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world—all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way—unexpectedly.
An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
Eat Pray Love was the book I chose for the Diversify My Reading challenge, January was an autobiography/memoir month. Plus it was another book for the Library Love challenge. If you wanna know which book challenges I’m taking part in you should definitely check out my reading goals for 2019, especially as this year is going to be a more structured way of reading.
I have watched the movie Eat Pray Love and I really enjoyed it so this seemed to be a natural fit for me when I had to choose a memoir or autobiography. I have to say the book is a little different from the movie and there were definitely parts where I struggled to get through. I think a big part of my issues with this book is not I’m not a huge believer in God or religion as a whole which meant that the chapters about her relationship with God kind of bored me. I know, I know, the book’s title gives it away but I definitely thought I would be able to get past it. Seemingly not.
I do think this book gave me a sense of peace and motivation that I wasn’t completely expecting! I think my favourite part of this book was definitely the travelling through Italy, I have a great love of food and her experience is definitely something I would love to do someday! I think that if I did read Eat Pray Love again I would definitely focus on the Italy section instead of trying to get through the rest of the book. That’s if I did reread it which is at this point a little unlikely.
I think my biggest issue with Eat Pray Love was actually Liz, and this is going to sound really heartless, but god could she moan anymore? I think I struggled with the whole concept of her trying so hard to get over a breakup. Plus I also thought that she spent more time worrying about everything else rather than enjoying the moment. It annoyed me, that she took for granted how lucky she was to have an opportunity like that!
Eat Pray Love was definitely a mixed bag for me, I don’t regret reading it but I don’t know whether I would recommend it to anyone. I think I learnt a lot and it had some really great parts but I know I’m not going to pick it up ever again. I’m so glad I borrowed it from the library instead of investing any money into it only to give it away at the end.
Have you read Eat Pray Love? Let me know if you enjoyed it or what you thought of the story!