Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert
Viking (ebook), 2006
I borrowed this ebook from my library and read it on my Kobo.
It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.
I wish Giovanni would kiss me.
I chose to read Eat, Pray, Love for the ‘a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit’ category of my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015. Italy is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.
I loved Eat, Pray, Love. I felt a real connection to the author and her experiences. I would love to just pack up my stuff and travel. Italy is a place I can easily imagine loving (all that food and romance). I loved this section of the book. I could easily imagine myself being indulgent for a few months. My favourite section was when Liz goes to India. These chapters felt even more personal than her trip to Italy. India is a place I’ve never imagined visiting. It’s associated in my mind with heat and spicy food. I’m good with neither. I loved reading about Liz’s personal journey at the Ashram. At first Liz struggles to meditate or find any kind of enlightenment because her mind is too full of thoughts. She actually has internal monologue arguments with herself. I’m exactly like that. I can barely sit still for five minutes and would find it impossible to do this for hours. I also loved reading about Bali, a place I have no knowledge of. I liked the contrasts between her experiences in Bali and her experiences in Italy and India. Her romance with Felipe was really nice to read about. Other people being in love and happy makes me warm and fuzzy. I had a great time reading Eat, Pray, Love. I’d highly recommend it.