EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert [Review]
Excited by the interesting looking movie trailer for Eat Pray Love I decided to first read the book, adhering to the old rule that the book tends to be better than the movie.
Eat Pray Love:One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a true story that chronicles Gilbert’s recovery from a very nasty and drawn out divorce. One night, while she’s still married, Elizabeth hits rock bottom. She doesn’t want to be married anymore and she doesn’t know where to turn. She ends up on her bathroom floor praying to God. This brings her some comfort and becomes sort of a nightly ritual.
After Gilbert finally separates from her husband she decides what she needs is to get away from her life for awhile. She decides she will spend 4 months in Italy, 4 months in India and another 4 in Indonesia. For the whole year she will not have sex and try to find balance between indulging in life and praying to God. Her goal is to spend her time in Italy indulging in food (carbs are the best way to get over somebody, right?), her time in India visiting her Guru’s Ashram in India meditating and praying, and then to try and find balance between the two in Bali. I can think of few women out there that wouldn’t be game to give this a try if they were able, which is also what appealed me to the book.
Overall, I enjoyed the book very much. Gilbert writes honestly about her failed marriage and difficult divorce in a way that will instantly warm your heart to her. She’s a witty writer and she comes off as the type of gal you wouldn’t mind grabbing a slice of pizza and glass of wine with the next time you are in Rome.
That being said, some parts of the book move a little more slowly than others. For example, she spends 4 months in India in which she spends her entire time meditating in an Ashram. Gilbert manages to make this section about as interesting as it can be by drawing in some amusing characters and depicting her difficulties meditating in an honest, and often comical way. However, I did find myself skimming through the odd page here and there to keep the story moving.
I would recommend this book to anybody that has ever wanted to find themselves. I don’t necessarily think you have to be getting over a relationship to relate to Gilbert. It’s a fun read and well worth your time. If you’ve already read Eat Pray Love, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Penguin | Pages: 352 | Buy on Amazon