- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reissue edition (June 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143118420
- ISBN-13: 978-0143118428
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,273 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Paperback – June 29, 2010
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Look out for Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, on sale now! Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author ofEat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. She began her career writing for Harper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award;The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.
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That’s exactly what she needed - rest. She needed to be strong. She planned a one-year vacation in which she hoped to mend her broken heart and to find peace. She would spent four months in Italy; four months in India and four months in Indonesia. She points out that each country begins with “I’ and this journey was about self discovery.
It’s a must read for people like me who’ve had our hearts broken, and then those hearts never seems to mind. I’m still aching over the loss of my dad and my birth family. I’ve studied meditation with differing results. This book proved a how-to book on how to heal.
Chapters were not intended to be how-to chapters, but that’s what many of them were for me.
Most of us can’t drop everything and rush to an apartment in Rome and then to a retreat in India and then to Bali. But we can learn yoga and meditation anywhere. We can order pizza and make new friends.
If you aren’t hurting and you don’t need the guide to meditation and self discovery, it’s still a great book. The collection of 108 personal essays are fascinating with lots of fresh insights into the human psych and the types of characters that one usually finds only in a novel. There’s Richard the Texan who nicknames Gilbert, “Groceries; there’s the plumber who takes her to the highest spot at the Indian retreat, there’s Ketut the medicine man who is somewhere between 65 and 112 years old and Wayan the medicine woman searching for a home. It’s hard not to fall in love with these characters. Gilbert gains weight in Italy, self awareness in India and self confidence in Bali, Indonesia. And she finds love.
Some chapters are too pat. She discovers the four brothers who are sort of guardian angels we all have. On her way home that day, a monkey threatens her, but she is feisty, and she stand up to the creature. After all she’s got four tough brothers protecting her. Too pat. The chapter was contrived.
The reader is so busy rooting for her that he forgets his own troubles - except to put the book down for awhile to eat, pray, meditate and fall in love.
That’s a lot to get from one book.
Rereading this book allowed me to more slowly savor the beautiful prose, to ponder the truths of an insight, to laugh out loud along with the author. I especially appreciated reading the introduction added to this ten year anniversary version because it offered me some reflection questions to muse on as I was reading. I did not need to get swept along in the pace of the story because I already knew what happened. So instead I read, with consideration of my own journey, inspired to dream a little bigger and to face my fears with a little more courage.
I will likely read the book again at some point in the future, perhaps for a milestone birthday. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who dares to dream about what it might look like to take their desires to be the best version of themselves and then to consider how to structure a journey of transformation that will help them to arrive at that place. I like that this is the author’s message to her readers: to allow her story to inspire them to creat their own path based on what is most feasible to them, which begins by asking, “what if?” And then walking towards the answer with courage.
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