Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertA celebrated writers irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.
Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want—a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world—all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way—unexpectedly.
An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
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T here's a running gag in Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir of breakdown and recovery, concerning alternative titles she claims to have considered for her book. Richard's rule about travelling in India is a sound one: 'Don't touch anything but yourself. The book's actual title, Eat, Pray, Love , is sincere, almost reverential: the function of the joke is to fumigate that sincerity regularly to allay any suspicion that the author is taking herself too seriously in her use of it. Not to mention the reader — for the words eat, pray and love might in themselves be an invocation of the lost or prohibited pleasures of femininity: hedonism, devotion, sensuality. Without quite knowing why, 21st-century woman finds this a powerful trinity to behold on the cover of a book. These monosyllables govern one another by means of an order both consolatory and somewhat foreign to modern female experience: eating first, loving last, and praying — an activity unpoliticised by the female psyche and one she might vaguely associate with being cared for, separating the two like a referee a pair of boxers in the ring.
Rate this book. A celebrated writer's irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life. Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step.
Sign in. A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
Eat, Pray, Love tells how Elizabeth Gilbert uses a year of celibacy in Italy, India, and Indonesia to balance delights and devotion and to overcome the trauma of divorce, lost love, and depression. Elizabeth Gilbert is a successful New York writer who at age 31 discovers that she is ambivalent towards motherhood and desperate to escape her marriage of convenience. Sobbing in her bathroom, Liz prays to God for the first time in her life, having grown up Protestant but with no particular faith. While her husband refuses to settle, Liz gets a magazine assignment to visit Bali and write about Yoga vacations, and there meets a healer, Ketut Liyer, who predicts that she will return and study with him. Through David, the lover she takes after leaving home, Liz joins a Hindu meditation group and resolves to visit the Guru's ashram in India. Liz is in counseling and taking antidepressants, which get her through the divorce and and a never quite complete breakup with David. Financially destitute from legal costs, Liz gets an advance for a book on travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia.
The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. The film version , which stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem , was released in theaters on August 13, It covered her life after Eat, Pray, Love , plus an exploration of the concept of marriage. At 34 years old, Elizabeth Gilbert was educated, had a home, a husband, and a successful career as a writer. She was, however, unhappy in her marriage and initiated a divorce.