Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Penguin Books
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.
To start, I’m not really a fan of non fiction and to be honest with you guys what piqued my curiosity was not the story itself but the hype and buzz of the book that readers shared in addition to watching the film. If I read this book sooner, I would have related to it completely though I was not married, there were moments in my life last year and years before that when I was unhappy, unbalanced and desperate for answers to questions that I myself didn’t want to ask but enough about me.
So Eat, Pray, Love tells us the story of Liz and her venture to find peace, contentment and balance with her life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Taking a year long vacation to visit Italy, India and Bali; Liz endured an endless journey of discovery and lessons that both enlightened her and frightened her at the same time. For me, this book was a roller coster ride. There were times that I loved it, and there were times that I hated it. It is Gilbert’s story and some may relate, most may hate but I for one is staying in the middle. As I said, there are times that I love it and there are times that I hate it.
It’s just wonderful to read a story wherein a woman finds herself at a cross road of not knowing where to go but somehow seemed to find the right destination after a time of wandering. Her hunger for balance and spirituality is commendable and her bravery for writing a book about her journey was appreciated. It is not easy to be in her situation and be scrutinized by everybody for whatever reasons. For me, this story was great. An amazing journey to tell us that in spite of all our troubles, there will always be something great to look forward to in the end.