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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

December 30th, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

From The New Yorker

At the age of thirty-one, Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that she wanted neither a child nor a husband. Three years later, after a protracted divorce, she embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery, with three main stops: Rome, for pleasure (mostly gustatory, with a special emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual searching; and Bali, for “balancing.” These destinations are all on the beaten track, but Gilbert’s exuberance and her self-deprecating humor enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, “It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, ‘I’ve always been a big fan of your work.'”

Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

I enjoyed this book but with all I heard about it I guess I expected more.  It was fun watching her go through Italy on her eating spree.  The India section started off slow but I started getting into it probably about half way through.  It was kind of interesting to read about how she eventually came to terms with the events in her life and how instead of feeling sorry for yourself during bad times you can choose to change your outlook on what is going on.

I see some of myself in her when she realized she had control issues.  I’m one of those people who doesn’t like surprises.  I like to know what is going to happen and when and always be prepared for something bad to happen.  Although unlike her I can’t see myself ever going on this kind of experience.  I would love to just pick up and travel and also take the time to really get to know myself.  I would never do it because I’m always worried about where the money would come from and if I had it what would happen if I needed it at some other time for something really important.

This book was a good read but probably not something I would pick up again.

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3 Responses

  1. Katie

    I loved this book. The India part did start a little slow for me too, but overall I thought it was a great read. I’m just like you though — I would never be able to do what she did, as much as I love the idea!

  2. Wrighty

    I kept hearing about this book and how popular it’s been. I’ve picked up used copies twice for only 50c but I can’t get into it. I’ve given away both copies. I guess it’s not my kind of read.

  3. dsuzuki

    Yeah, it takes awhile to get into. I have the same problem with The Time Traveler’s Wife. I’ve picked that up several times and haven’t been able to get into it.

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