Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
8 journalers for this copy...
That said, I want to share this book with some of the strongest, most wonderful and inspiring women I've met here on BC. Taken from the PM I sent out: "Because you are all amazing women who I adore and who inspire me. I wish I could take you all with me. However, since my backpack will have to be as small and light as possible, you won't all fit. I'd like to send this book to each of you, in turn, if you're interested. If any part of it, a chapter, a sentence, heck, even just a WORD, strikes a chord in you, mark it somehow. I used pencil. Someone else could use red pen, someone else black, another person a green highlighter, whatever. Make a note in the front of the book (a color-key if you will) so I know who noted what. Don't hesitate to mark something someone else has -- that's part of what I'm looking forward to, the things that inspire all of us. This way, you can all come with me as I endeavour to drag my butt all the way from Georgia to Maine!"
Strong, amazing, inspiring women bookring
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I took out these comments so that I don't give too much away for the any of the other readers.
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Update: I've just finished this book and I understand all your comments, the hesitation, and then the inspiration. I initialed all my comments and underlines with a "K" because I just grab what was close to me.
Gilbert writing enlightened me plus I understood her pain, joy, and love. One comment I didn't write in the book is: No one gets married thinking about divorce, and no falls in love to seek sorrow.
I will be with you on your journey, and together, my dear friend, you have eight legs on the ground. Another remarkable thing about this book is that I didn't want far from me while I was reading it. I felt that this book needed to be near me, next to me, and opened. There is one thing I've learned while in school which also brings to mind while reading this book, said in lecture by Dr. James Brown in my Theatre Appreciate class while studying the Greeks: The outside world has changed drastically but the inside of humans has changed very little. I believe this is the key to this book because inside, in our hearts, we are all striving for balance.
Again, thanks for sharing your journey....
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Firegirl, Thanks for sharing this remarkable book with me.
It's now on the way to the strong bookcrossing woman Trekwoman, who strongly desires to read this book.
Finally, I will be buying a copy of this book for my PC.
Sisters in books...as we eat, pray, and love each other one another.
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Now that more reviews have been posted, I do agree with many of the comments. I guess I took a anthropologisht view of this book to learn about the three "I's." I can also say that I was totally disappointed that EG did not stay true to herself in "LOVE" section.
Still a high star book for me, but I can overlook her religious points of vies--everyone has a different way of "believing." And I did envy her because of this wonderful opportunity to get paid to write this book, travel, and eat. Also, I'd told my sis to stay home--but I don't have one so that's an easy choice for me.
I mail'd this book out today with and paid the extra for delivery confirmation, and it went 1st class because it's a 1st class book. Also, I am excited about this book making the complete ring because I believe there will be some great discussions, and discoveries, from all the readers
One bone to pick- I don't know if the author's just a really self-indulgent person but I found it pretty odd that various friends of hers would join her throughout the year of travel. "My friend came from Seattle.. and my sister came from wherever, for two days".. Two days? Sorry, but if you're going on a big life-crisis-faith journey.. oh, maybe it's just me. Postcard from home, okay. Letters and calls, sure. Show up in person for the weekend? Eh?
Then again, I really like solitude and would find weekend visits intrusive. Let me think and process, let me experience without outside influence. Let me change, alone, and discover myself.
But first- more PIZZA!
:: Squinty eyes ::
Sneaky book. Getting me to be all introspective like that, hmpf. I've included an index card with one of my absolute, all time favorite poems by Nancy Wood. I'm not big on traditional prayers-as-prayers, so this strikes all sorts of chords for me. I hope y'all might like it, too.
Book will be off to Antof9 over the weekend.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
By post, to Antof9.
You know, I've been looking at this title for ages, and was so excited to get your PM on it, Firegirl. I've heard nothing but good things about it, and everyone I know who has read it has great things to say about it. With that in mind, I actually bought a copy for myself a couple weeks ago. I figured it might be one I'd like to have on hand. As additional positive reinforcement, the very nice girl I sat by on my last business trip to New York was reading it too, and she couldn't say enough nice things about it.
I'm excited it's here, excited to participate in this ring, love the title of the ring, and am thrilled to be asked to contribute to your trip.
Oh, and there's a pizza theme going -- that's what we had for dinner tonight, while watching the Superbowl on TiVo (it aired after midnight on the first night we were in Germany. We opted for sleep over the game :)
1. For some reason I thought I was landing around 9:00 at night, which would have made my second flight (Dallas to Denver) about 3 or so hours, giving me plenty of time to settle in and read a huge chunk of the book.
2. I made the mistake of putting my carry-on bag overhead and my little tiny purse at my feet (I have long legs and NEED that leg room!), and about two words into the first chapter, I wanted my purple highlighter to mark my passages. The purple highlighter, of course, was in the overhead compartment. So then I kept reading, marking with those "sign here" sticky notes, which I eventually ran out of, and was forced to stop. If I can't make my notes while I'm reading, I'll forget what I wanted to say!
Oh, and we landed in Denver before 7:30, so clearly I was not intended to read this book on this plane.
Anyway, I look forward to a big chunk of time this weekend (I hope) to sit and savor this book. I think I'll also PM PokPok for her address so I have it when I finish. Journal entry for this picture will be from where I was -- Arab, Alabama. Pronounced "Ay-rab". I'm not kidding. And yes, the high school mascot is really "The Knights". Really :)
I finally finished this lovely book a couple weeks ago, and have been both crazy busy, and "processing" it ever since. The hard thing here is how to write a journal entry when the vast majority of what I wanted to say I already wrote in the book. On the other hand, I don't want to not have a journal entry on this, a book I bought a copy of for my permanent collection, and 2 more copies for my sister and friend.
So I'll see what I can say here...
- On page 10, I found a soulmate. Liz says, "I kept waiting to want to have a baby, but it didn't happen." My sister!
- I cannot say how much I love the way she wrote chapter 3. As I noted on the top of page 13, "I read it about 3 times ... because of course, the #3 is the number of supreme balance :)"
- I found this part deep, and challenging: Strictly speaking, then, I cannot call myself a Christian. Most of the Christians I know accept my feelings on this with grace and open-mindedness. Then again, most of the Christians I know don't speak very strictly. That's the kind of Christian I want to be.
- I loved when she talked about her sister. The "That family needs casseroles" part made me grin and cry. My note at the bottom of page 91 says, "I love her sister, and I love mine, too. These pages brought me to tears. And even though I talked to my sister 3 times today, I called her again."
- I'm sure Liz and I would be friends, when she describes a woman "exuding an unbelievably glamorous air of: 'You will look at me, but I will refuse to look at you.'"
- And who knew this? "Historians say that rhetoric was invented in Syracuse, and also (and this is just a minor thing) plot.
- And then there's the part where she totally nails what happens to me when I'm praying: I can't seem to get my mind to hold still.
- I love, love, love this: I'm irritated by spiritual prudence and I feel bored and parched by empirical debate. I don't want to hear it anymore. I just want God.
- Chapter 58 will change the way I pray.
- I added the reference Philippians 4:8 at the bottom of page 178, because I felt like it was so appropriate. Her vow I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts anymore really spoke to me. And of course, that's what Phil 4:8 says, too.
There is so much more I could say, but I am far overdue on getting this into the mail.
Firegirl -- thank you so much for sharing this with me. I really, really enjoyed it. And now I have a copy for my permanent collection, too :)
On to PokPok tomorrow!
However, what I do absolutely LOVE is what this book is for... I am having a blast looking through it, highlighting, reading others' comments, and thinking about you and your journey. I have no doubt it will be a time of spiritual enlightenment for you. I am reading through the book with that in mind-- what kind of encouragement can I give you; imagining you reading it, sitting on a rock by a stream in appalachia, taking a break after a long day, with a bird whistling nearby. I feel very honored to be part of such a special bookring. It made me contemplate, what book would I do that with, and why? Someday I'd like to initiate such a special ring myself.
Safe travels dear friend, and dear book.
I'll be finishing this within a few days. I'll PM bookish-angel for her address.
I finished the last section "love" last night. I found this one the most interesting and least indulgent. Her descriptions of love in general and Felipe were interesting, as was her relationships with Wayan, Tutti, and the other Bali residents she met.
I give this book 5 stars, according to my description above. I found snippets fun and did underline all sorts of sections of the book! Somehow that seems inadequate or a "guilty" rating... I am sorry I did not love this book more. I do not share her religious beliefs, or her beliefs about love and loss, either. I think that made it fundamentally difficult for me to truly embrace.
I will get it mailed off to bookish-angel this week; I've got her address already.
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Mailing off to bookish-angel
FYI, everyone: The Hello Kitty stickers ('cause HK is SO utterly cool, don'cha know!) were added by me and I am the "pink highlighter adjacent to printing in black ink for my musings" person.
About the book:
Well, I wish I could say I loved the book but I didn't. While I truly appreciate and understood Gilbert's quest and found a few gems of insight in the book and some real chuckles when Richard from Texas came on the scene, I thought the book was too long. My interest started to wane about 20 pages into India. I did like that her sister and a friend joined up with her along the way as I thought the opinions of those other women provided a nice juxtaposition against Gilbert's; the "compare and contrast" was enjoyable reading. I will say that Gilbert's description of various pizzas made me single-mindedly lust for lots and lots of pizza with double cheese!!
Would anyone else like to see Richard from Texas write a similar book?!! That guy is hysterically funny AND clued in.
Off to classicfox on 7/18/08 as libertine101 asked to be skipped.
P.S. We're still in Italy at this point.
8/15: We have just arrived in India.
8/24: Now entering Indonesia
I read that part aloud to DH and I think we were both drooling, lol.
Off to India and Liz gets serious about her spiritual life. I'm glad she hit Italy first and got to indulge before the "great spiritual awakening," lol. I found myself enthralled with all that she learned about spirituality in India. I think it takes alot of discipline, physical and mental to endure the rigidity of meditation - performed the correct way. My hat is off to her.
Indonesia was my least favorite country - I was really disappointed towards the end when she discovered she was being b***s****ed and I know how disenchanted she was with this. But Felipe made up for any disappointment. To be loved like that!
Can't say much more and probably said too much already as we have one reader left. But I would highly recommend this book. I think Liz is a wonderful author and she was able to convey every feeling she was experiencing with clarity and complete honesty.
Thank you, Firegirl, again, for including me in this exclusive ring. I had so much fun reading everybody's thoughts so I can just imagine how you will love reading them! Happy travels, my friend and God speed.
This will be mailed off to tempestsans on Tuesday as I already have her addy. Happy reading!!
Mailed first class today to tempestsans. Hope you enjoy!
10/3/08: I pmed Tempestsans awhile back to make sure she received this book--and she did; just wanted to make a note that it is not still traveling.
and to top it off, i struggled and fought reading this for whatever reason for a year. well, finally gave in and stopped torturing myself with it and have now sent it home to Firegirl...first class with another book and some BC goodies to help cushion the blow of having hung onto this for so very long.
someday i may actually get a copy read - i just have not been ready for whatever was in it that i was supposed to learn i guess.
Though I'm temped to flip through and read just what you all have noted, I think the universe is trying to tell me to re-read this, something I very rarely do. I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks again, ladies, for being a part of this. I can't wait to take you all with me on my Trail trip, whenever it happens.
(Thanks for the the wonderful box of gifts too, TS! I'm making this JE at work but will make one for the other book when I get home.)
Thank you again, strong, amazing women, for taking part in this. I've met a few more to join our ranks; perhaps I will get this into their hands after my reread.