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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

613 Ratings: 1.2
A book by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Emotionally wrung-out from her divorce, the painful ending of a subsequent love affair, and a general, long-standing feeling of malaise, novelist and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert decides to recharge herself through a year's worth of travel, believing … see full wiki

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
Date Published: February 16, 2006
ISBN: 0670034711
53 reviews about Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for...
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
This book did not inspire me. Although I love to travel more than anything, I hated this woman. She was rich and ignorant. If you hold grudges and always remember first impressions, you'll hate her from the start.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
reading it now, so far so good.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
julia roberts is actually making this into a movie now. but the book is awesome its a must read
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
This book started my journey to happily ever after.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Don't read this book if you're not Liberal enough to withstand the Yippie for Women Movement this book tries to promote.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
oh, if only she were less self-absorbed!
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
This book made me want to travel the world! I really enjoyed it and I'm rereading it now. The way Gilbert captured her spiritual journey is unique and genuinely interesting. This is a real page turner.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This was the best work of nonfiction I've read in a while. I'm looking forward to the movie!
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
I honestly don't know what the big deal is about this book. I read it out loud to someone and we both thought it was a boring, self serving book. We couldn't even finish it.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
A charming story, that takes you through one woman's journey in finding the most important thing... herself.
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
I know people loved it, but I found hard to read.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
I enjoyed it, but it did get a little slow/hippie-esque in the middle. It has further inspired me to take a trip around the world though!
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
A best seller, so I guess many people love it. Yet to read it myself.
review by . February 23, 2010
Like a few other reviewers here, I too read Eat, Pray, Love quite a while after it was published since I had initially put it down to being another chick-lit novel. Wow, was I wrong!       Gilbert has a wonderfully fresh voice and isn't afraid to hold back at all. She takes readers right along the journey with her, revealing her falls as well as key moments of pure inspiration. Since her background as a short-story writer, this work translates incredibly well into a …
review by . March 12, 2009
I'm not going to deny that I live a privileged life, and I'm not going to deny that Elizabeth Gilbert does as well. She's a magazine writer, she's written a few books, she lives in New York City. I went to a university and got a good education (granted I'm in $20K+ of student loan debt), I'm healthy and so are my loved ones, and I have a roof over my head. But a year ago, I was totally unhappy. I wasn't at the point Gilbert was (kneeling on her bathroom floor, weeping), but like so many other 20-somethings, …
review by . April 08, 2009
I read this book pretty late in the game.  I'd seen that cover with its rather cloying title everywhere, for so long...  This happens to me.  I pre-judge sometimes, and I am sorry.  When a friend whose opinions I value handed me a copy, I was surprised.  And I was shocked when I began to read and couldn't stop.  I loved the writer's earnest voice.  I can be a jaded, sarcastic, bitter NY-er sometimes and it was-- dare I say it-- refreshing to find someone who got beyond that.  I think it …
review by . March 04, 2009
Eat, Pray, Love was chosen by my book club comprised of mostly mom's from my son's daycare and some friends of those ladies sprinkled in. It was about a year after the initial hype and Oprah's Book Club, etc. and I was happy it was selected because I was curious if it was as good as I had heard.    Well, it is and it isn't. That's the thing. I found it fascinating just how polarized people were about this book. I was getting my hair cut and the gal at the reception desk saw it …
review by . May 11, 2009
Ostensibly about things spiritual, Eat, Pray, Love is IMO about nothing except its author. Narcissistic in the extreme and exceedingly repetitive (OK, we get it, you're depressed already), this memoir might better have been called "A Year in the Life of Elizabeth Gilbert". The author is to be applauded for taking a break from the life that apparently was destroying her soul, but there's not enough here of interest to others to warrant an entire book, unless you happen to care about Gilbert's every …
review by . April 06, 2009
While I greatly enjoyed the eating part, the remainder of the "spiritual journey" fell flat. Then again, I'm more interested in Gougeres than god.
review by . April 02, 2009
I was completely torn by my feelings toward this book. All through the "Eat" section, I was enamored by Elizabeth's humor and sympathetic to her heartbreak and happy for her new found love and a little jealous about her life in Italy. In the "Pray" section it struck me - she is unable to construct a sentence that does not contain "I, me or my." I fully realize this is a memoir, but I got tired of reading about how smart & friendly she is and, well, everybody just likes her. And Richard from Texas …
review by . November 17, 2008
So writes Elizabeth Gilbert in this very readable account of a year spent traveling in the pursuit of happiness. She structures the book with purpose, in three segments each containing 36 passages of her journey first to Italy where she studies the language and claims to eat everything in sight; second to India, where she spends four months at an ashram learning to chant, meditate and let go of a lot of self-indulgent tendencies; and lastly, her months in Bali where she wanders into a fulfilling …
review by . December 14, 2008
Reading the subtitle of Elizabeth Gilbert's latest book, "One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia," one can only think well, she certainly knows where to look! Also, upon learning that this is her chosen way of recovering from a particularly acrimonious divorce and a trying-to-make-up-for-that-loss romance that didn't work, we might think how fortunate she is to able to seek solace in such intriguing places.     Whatever our opinion of her reasons …
review by . December 13, 2008
This book is by far one of my favorites! I read it at a time where I had just been broken up with, was "down on my luck", and overall, pretty depressed. Elizabeth's story was inspirational to me- instead of wallowing in her sorrow, this courageous woman went out, followed her dreams, explored life and what she wanted from it, and ultimately found happiness. Her story is something all woman - and men! can learn from.
review by . December 11, 2008
When I worked at a bookstore, people were coming in like mad for this book. There were people coming in to buy second copies for themselves and copies for gifts for other people they knew. Supposedly a super transformative book and everyone who has read it recommends it very highly.  
review by . June 10, 2008
I think this book resonates with so many people because it touches on such a pertinent subject--picking oneself up after experiencing adversity. While there are many books written on this subject, Gilbert's is unique in the way that it incorporates such vivid descriptions of the sites, sounds, and people that helped her through her difficulty.     This book is something that anyone who has traveled extensively can relate to. The  kindness of strangers, lessons learned from …
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