Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
9 journalers for this copy...
"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."
Received this as a gift from my birthday buddy, sunmom. Thanks, sunmom! It was an excellent choice, as my book club is reading it for next month's selection. Review to follow....
Before reading this book, I feared that it might be a little too philosophical or too self-spiritual for my liking. But I truly loved this book. It's very easy to read & has a nice blend of humor, spirituality, wanderlust, & deep meaning. I found the middle section, in India, a little drier & more difficult to relate to, but it made a nice bridge between the Italy & Indonesia episodes. Without giving anything away (I don't think!), a few comments:
(1) As an obvious lover of books (as we all are), I'm a little distressed over the lost box of books in Italy (!) (What ever happened to them???)
(2) I really related to the quote from Liz' New York friend who commented about her desire to live in an Ashram and search for divinity: "Oh, there's a part of me that SO wishes I wanted to do that . . . but I really have no desire for it whatsoever." (LOL!)
(3) In Indonesia, Wayan's "cure" for male infertility. That's all I'll say. You'll appreciate it when you read it! :')
(4) And finally, after you've read the book, you might find this link interesting. It includes some photos from Liz' journey! Elizabeth Gilbert FAQ
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dg7500 (Pennsylvania, US only)
emmagoldmanzine (Pennsylvania, US/CAN only)
FeralReader (California, anywhere)
AceofHearts (CANADA, anywhere else)
klaradyn (SOUTH AFRICA, anywhere)
scrutiny (HONG KONG, anywhere)
Tuttasb (NORWAY, anywhere) (no response to PM's)
Kiki66 (GERMANY, anywhere)
Isabelopes (PORTUGAL, anywhere) (wants to be skipped)
spoiledrotten (New Jersey, USA, US only) (received another copy)
Wrapped up & shipping off tomorrow to dg7500 to start the ray. Happy travels! :')
Arrived safely in today's mail. I'm finishing up "Night" by Elie Wiesel at the moment, but hope to start on this by the weekend.
I started this with great anticipation, but quickly came to the conclusion that this wasn't a book for me, and gave up after reading a bit past page 100. The author seemed incredibly self-centered & whiny, and from other reviews I've read, it's just more of the same as the story continues. With so many other books on MtTBR calling to me, I opted to 'quit while I was ahead', and will be sending this out to the next in line shortly.
Journal Entry 6
Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Released 11 yrs ago (2/19/2008 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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Sorry for the delay in sending this out...I meant to get it out before heading on vacation, but things got hectic, and I didn't get to the Post Office.
Mailed out this morning to emmagoldmanzine.
Sent out via media mail with delivery confirmation
Okay, i don't know what was up at my PO, but i spent some quality time there today and the book was tracked down--hooray! It's in great shape and read to be read. I've got a couple conferences over the next couple of weeks so i'm hoping i'll have a chance to read it as i travel and send it off ASAP.
Okay, i've been a bad book ring participant. i realized i've had this book for two months--sorry. i finished it this weekend and hope to get it out today or tomorrow (as soon as i get an address).
as for the book. i really enjoyed it. at some points Liz drove me nuts--she was attempting to be a little TOO whitty for my taste--but all and all it was quite a hilarious and heartfelt adventure. I was a bit frustrated that she didn't truly admit how privileged she was to take a year off to travel, get money to help someone buy a house, and just do what she wanted (she just didn't seem genuine enough for me at parts). Still, it seemed like the chance of a lifetime. i would love to spend a few months eating my way through italy and seeing the world. Anyway, again sorry for the lateness.
The book is on its way to FeralReader
Received in yesterday's post, ten days after my return from an amazing trip to India. What great timing, as I am still in deep reflection on my experiences. Can hardly wait to read this one. Thanks for sending it along to me!
I awoke early this morning, eager to finish reading this treasure of a book. I can identify with a lot of Elizabeth's experiences and reflections, and find her writing entertaining and inspiring. Numerous times I felt provoked to pay more attention to things I already know, and I sincerely appreciate that.
Had to knock off a point for the feeling that the author was working toward a publisher's deadline and didn't take the time to correct some awkward writing, such as the tendency to jump from the present to past tense in the middle of describing a single event. Oh, those wicked deadlines....
Thank you so much, indygo88, for sharing Eat, Pray, Love with all of us!
Will PM AceofHearts today and send this book to Canada soon.
Packing up for a northeast leg of bookray journey. Bon Voyage, little book!
received in the mail today along with a number of wishlist books Thanks!!!!
This book is about one woman's journey for one year. Liz Gilbert went to Italy (eat), India (pray) and Bali (love). She has just suffered through a bitterly contested divorce and a failed love affair. First stop, Italy. Liz locates herself in Rome and immerses herself in Italian language and food. She travels all over the country and has some of the most phenomenal meals. This was very interesting to me as I have just returned from Italy myself. I wish I could have eaten like Liz and not have had to worry about the weight gain.
Next stop, India. Liz now is at an ashram in India. This part is very spiritual and very dry. I just could not relate in any way. I am a practitioner of yoga but I can not envision myself meditating for hours on end. I could not get into this part at all
Next stop, Bali. Here Liz 'trains' with a Balinese medicine man. This part detailed some of the Balinese customs and ceremonies which are so totally different from the Western world. I enjoyed Wayan's cure of male infertility. Again I found this section interesting and even in parts very funny. It is fantastic that Liz is able to raise so much money so quickly to help her friends.
Arrived today! Thanks for sending, AceOfHearts, and for sharing, indygo88. I'll read it and move it along again as soon as possible.
Well, I finished this book last week, and I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it was well-written, and charming, funny and touching in various places.
At the same time, I couldn't shake the feeling that Gilbert was busy "om te kla met 'n witbrood onder die arm", as we say in Afrikaans. This translates as "complaining with a loaf of white bread under your arm", which means that you are complaining while actually being a fortunate person. There are people with far more tragic lives who don't have the luxury of taking a year off to "find themselves". Maybe I'd have appreciated reading about her personal journey more if I had been interested in spirituality. (I must admit that I thought this was going to be more of a travel book.)
However, I am interested in reading Gilbert's other books and comparing it to this one.
Journal Entry 17
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Released 10 yrs ago (12/3/2008 UTC) at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
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On the way to scrutiny in Hong Kong today.
My book #81 for guinaveve's Keep Them Moving challenge.
Journal Entry 18
on Friday, January 09, 2009
Arrived in the mail today! Will get started right away.
Journal Entry 19
on Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Hum... I got about a third of the way in and I still wasn't drawn in by it. I didn't identify with her plight at all, and I thought she was just waffling a bit. So I'm giving up on reading the rest of the book and I will pass it on once I get the address.
Journal Entry 20
on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
I have PM'ed Tuttasb twice and no reply. It could be that my PMs are not working. Shall I try Kiki66, or can someone else PM Tuttasb for me? Please advise. Thanks!
Journal Entry 21
on Monday, February 16, 2009
On the way to Kiki66 from today!
This arrived safe and sound ...
all the way from Hong Kong! I am impressed :-))
Thanks.. will read it asap...
Sorry, I haven't realized that this book is already here for quite a while :-(
I gave it some tries but never really got into it so I have decided to send it on.. it has been here too long and
there are too many books on my MTBR ...
I've asked Isabelopes to send me her address...
Edit: Isabel wants to be skipped so I've asked spoiledrotten...
Edit 2: the book has been on its way for a while (April 30th) .. I just wonder where it is?? hopefully not lost :-&
Received in the mail today. Have already read this book, guess pm was received after the book was sent asking to skip me. Will do whatever indygo88 wants done with the book. Thanks anyway for sending and including me.
06/04/09 This book is now being made available.
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East Rutherford, New Jersey USA on Monday, September 27, 2010
Released 8 yrs ago (9/27/2010 UTC) at East Rutherford, New Jersey USA
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Gave to my cousin to read.