Book Review

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

I recently finished reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. After sitting on my book shelf for almost two years, I finally decided to pick it up, and found I was captivated with it from beginning to end.

It was quick read, and splitting the book into three sections with short chapters in between, it made it very easy to pick up and put down. I’m not usually one for a biography of any kind but I really loved her writing. Making it feel like she was talking about someone else and not really herself.

She paints a beautiful picture of the places she’s travelled and people she’s met along the way. It makes me quite interested to see the movie, and find out how much was left intact.


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