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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India & Indonesia [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Gilbert
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Book Description

4 Oct 2010
It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Gift ed edition (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408815109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408815106
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. In 2002, she published The Last American Man, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which was published in over thirty languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. The film, released in 2010, stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage, a follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love, was published in 2010. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in New Jersey, USA.

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'It's what I'm giving all my girl friends' Julia Roberts 'Every woman should read it' Elle Macpherson 'I adore it' Sophie Dahl 'I loved it ... I could understand her wanting to write the book and her desire to heal' Meg Ryan

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The Number One New York Times Bestseller - A combination of
Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment, Driving over Lemons and The Girl's
Guide to Hunting and Fishing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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151 of 166 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars how did this sell 8 million???? 26 Sep 2010
By sdeleng
I heard this was a terrific book passed like gold between fellow women of a certain age. All I can say is that the marketing department should get a very large Christmas bonus...

I tried to read it, honestly I did. In the end, after forcing myself to read meticulously through the firsts 150 pages, I did the unusual for me and flicked through huge boring sections of it until the last 30. For the life of me I can not understand why this book is so popular. It is SO derivative, and ridiculous. I can see that the writer knows how to do research here and there, and there is a fairly impressive bit of background and history thrown in, and also, she knows how to construct a novel which is what stops this yawn from being merely a rant.

But still!!

So she got fat while eating, no expense spared in Italy for three months. Then went to some reclusive ashram place in India and tried to be empty of all but herself - this is where I started skimming, to leave the poor woman alone! Then, literally, our poor tragic heroine rents the sweetest little place in Bali and "hangs out" for the final three months, talking to some old faith healer she had met on a previous magazine assignment, going t to various parties and get-togethers and then meeting the predictable dark handsome stranger.

What a total indulgent luxury!! All the while, this book is pierced with the agony of her miserable divorce. and, just in case we think her too shallow, she manages to raise an undisclosed sum of money to buy a piece of land for a single mother in Bali who happens to be a herbal healer of some sort. This plot is more or less disclosed on the back of the book before you start reading it, so don't worry, I have not given anything much away.
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393 of 433 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-pitying rubbish 12 Nov 2009
By Sally
I LOVE books, am a voracious reader, and I approach everything with an open mind, but there are no words to describe how much I disliked this book!

The book was recommended to me during the breakdown of my own marriage. I could definitely sympathise with the lead character in her first moments of despair (chapter 1), but thereafter I just wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to stop whining and wallowing in her own self-pity! I imagine this book might appeal to smug happy people, who can take a positive message of love and hope from it, but for anyone in a similar situation it is a big pill to swallow to feel sympathy for someone self-indulgent enough to get over her marriage breakdown by getting an all-expenses paid (publisher's advance) 12 month trip around the world!

In summary, "I'm married to a lovely man, live in a lovely (big) house in New York, have a good career and a family who cares for me but somehow this isn't enough for me so I feel I should destroy it all and nip off to eat my way around Italy and lounge around in Bali for a bit", does not endear you to a reader in my opinion.

I appreciate that this may sound like the rantings of a bitter woman, but I just wanted to offer an alternative review, as I know many people rave about this book. Call me cynical, but I'm pretty sure that anyone could find inner peace after a 12 month holiday! Unfortunately some of us have to come up with slightly more pragmatic ways of dealing with lifes ups and downs!
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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cliched, cinderella complex claptrap. 28 Aug 2010
By robin
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god it bored me. it's full of cliches of india, indonesia and italy and their traditions and culture. wow!! the italians make great ice-cream. doh!! thanks for telling me something i didn't already know...
if the most that american women can aspire to is to be like her, then i am not filled with any hope for them whatsoever. thank goodness i am not an american - she makes it sound like that country is in a vacuum, totally unaware of all the rest of the world has to offer. the hardest part for her seems to be getting her head around the fact that outside of america there is another, different, wonderful world.
what kind of book is this meant to be? autobiography? travel guide? self-help manual? it's the autobiography of the most sanctimonious, spoiled brat-bore ever. what's so exceptional about travelling when you're fully supported financially? anyone could do that if they were in the same situation. i am soooooo not impressed, and soooooo annoyed and frustrated by her 'look how wonderful i am' tone.
oh the monotonous, tedious, endless attention to detail. and the repetition. I GOT THE POINT THE FIRST TIME. STOP TELLING ME THE SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.
it's not all bad. my favourite character has to be her husband. well done to him for extracting all the compensation he could out of her. it tells me an awful lot about her when even her ex-husband hated her guts by the end. no wonder she avoided going into any detail about her first marriage - this is probably where the truth about her really lies ...
don't waste your time reading this garbage. go and see the film - julia roberts is worth a couple of hours of anyone's time - and then go and get a life of your own in your own way.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be taken in 31 Mar 2011
Despite being so successful, this book has quite a mixed bag of reviews. However I knew I was going to love it and sat down to enjoy. Oh dear.
Another reviewer brilliantly named this "American style egomania" and has hit the nail on the head. This book is aimed squarely at gullible Americans. I think we should remember that the author's trip was financed by a savvy publisher who saw the potential for a book - so the trip was in a large part a commercial venture from the outset.
One can just imagine Ms.Gilbert sniggering as she writes about her 'spiritual' experiences, (particularly the appalling self-centred nonsense that is the 'India' section) and then laughing all the way to the bank as half-wit readers 'ooh' and 'aah' at her every word.
This is a truly self-pitying, self-indulgent and badly written book.
It is actually rather scary just how bad this book is and yet how many people were taken in to believing that the whole World revolves around Ms.Gilbert.
Steer well clear...
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It's a book that someone recommended, so, I was expecting some different... It's not my kind of book. - -
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I'm a bit of a book worm and read loads but this has taken a while for me to get into and I keep dipping in and out. Bit disappointed as so many people have recommended it to me.
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