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Author Topic: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia  (Read 2973 times) Average Rating: 5
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Title: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Author(s): Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: January 30, 2007
ISBN: 0143038419
ISBN-13: 978-0143038412
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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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« Reply #1: June 11, 2011, 01:49:12 pm »

Thanks for putting this one up. I waited a bit with my review because I hoped someone else will chime in and say something about it. Wink

I really liked it. Witty dialogs and monologs, interesting character development, interesting journey and infos on different countries. I can't tell how accurate the portraits on Italy, India and Bali are, but the book is written from the perpective of the protagonist and doesn't seem to claim objective information. Same with her spiritual development, lots of interesting stuff from a subjective perspective, lots of things readers can relate without claiming objective information, but her viewpoints are concrete enough to stir thoughts.

Can't say anything about the movie, haven't seen it.
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« Reply #2: June 11, 2011, 04:13:58 pm »

Can't say anything about the movie, haven't seen it.

Kelley and I watched this last month and really enjoyed it. I've not read the book, so I can't comment on *that*.  I can say, it's not something my husband would ever watch or read, ever ever.
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« Reply #3: June 18, 2011, 05:39:06 pm »


I read a book a while back and saw the movie last summer when it came out in theaters.  I really enjoyed the book, but that may have something to do with where I was in my own life at that time.  I could relate to Liz's struggles with dissatisfaction in her life and relationships, her yearning to become closer to divinity, and her love of travel.  Eat, Pray, Love is actually what gave me the push to defy my husband's initial disapproval of realizing my dream to see the world (and his family's dismay that I didn't want children).     

The movie was OK.  They kept true to the core story, but it was given some extra Hollywood glamour that it could have done without, IMO.
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