Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert***

Hey everyone, as promised, here's my next review!

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: January 29, 2007
Pages: 334
Age Group: 18+
Genre: Memoir, Spirituality
Series: none*
Followed by: Commited: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want-husband, country home, successful career-but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldy enjoyment and divine transcendence.

I decided to write this review because it seems like many people have given this book bad reviews, and in my opinion, it was amazing! I guess I related more to it then others because of what I've gone through in the past. I haven't gone through what Ms. Gilbert has in this beautiful memoir, but I have felt the way she describes and I really related to it.

I'm not really sure how to review this book since it is a memoir and not characters created by the author herself. I guess I can just tell you the parts I did enjoy and part I did not.

First of all, the book is broken down into 3 Books. My favorite book out of all 3 was Book One: Italy. I loved the way she described Italy and all the wonderful and beautiful food. I also loved the teeny tiny Italian lesson as she threw in a few translations of some Italian words, which was interesting to me.

I also loved the spiritual aspect of it, even though it wasn't too overpowering or condescending. I never felt the sense that she was trying to shove the religion down our throat or that she felt she was better then us.

Overall, it was a great book and I highly recommend it. Happy Reading!

*Side Note: This isn't really a "series" but Elizabeth Gilbert did come out with a sequel to this book called A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage and it continues on with this story. I haven't read it yet, but I did pick it up a few days ago, so I should have a review up soon.

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