Wednesday, May 03, 2006

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert

Pamela McFarland reviews EAT, PRAY, LOVE: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking, 2006).

After a bad divorce and an even worse rebound love-affair, Elizabeth Gilbert quit her job and planned a one year trip for spiritual and emotional recovery. She spent four months in Italy learning Italian and sucking up the fabulous cuisine, four months in India meditating and searching for God with a Guru, and four months with a traditional medicine man in Bali....

This is a book about travel, food, and religion. I thought the only thing missing was a romance to make it a book about everything important in life. But, of course, the last word in the title is "love." In Bali, Elizabeth meets a sexy, older Brazilian man.

Eat, Pray, Love is a fun and funny read about some very serious subjects. Whenever Gilbert's spiritual quest threatens to get ridiculously New-Age-y, her common sense and humor pull it back to the feet-on-the-ground real world.


It sounds like Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love deals a lot with spirituality. I know that you've read at least one book by Anne Lamott. Do you think that readers who liked Gilbert's book would enjoy Lamott?
Anne Lamott rules! Sometimes Gilbert is a lot like her, but Lamott is a Christian (albeit a very irreverent one), and Elizabeth Gilbert is not.
I read this book for my Reader's Advisory class. The title is what first appealed to me. I found the book easy to relate to and personal. The author gives detailed descriptions of the three places she visits. You're transformed there vicariously through her. I learned about various cultures and customs. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes to travel.
Wendi Glenn at Raleigh Branch
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