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Posted by on June 22, 2011


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 worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence

I wanted to like this book so much I really did, sadly it just fell flat. The chapter or “book” of Italy was the only part I really found myself enjoying. It was fun and witty and had some great jokes, but as I got into more of the book I had to say it was because it was Italy and not the writer.

Over all this is not a book I enjoyed, of course others have and will, but for me I just found the writer to be a nit wit and I found myself wanting to say GET OVER IT at some points and GROW UP at others. Mean of me perhaps, but well if you put it down for all the world to see your asking for their thoughts.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert”

  1. Mary says:

    I haven't read this because it never appealed to me (I was saying 'get over it' and 'grow up' just hearing about it). That said, I've read many reviews that noted the Italy section was the best. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Thank you for reading the review. I went into this book knowing nothing about it other than a movie had been made of it. The only redeemer is the Italy section, sadly I am not sure I will even Bother with the film now.

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