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Elizabeth Gilbert
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Book Description

5 Mar 2007
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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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747585660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747585664
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903 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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'"My friend Paige and I are reading a book together, Eat, Pray, Love, and we keep calling each other saying "What page are you on?" It's about a woman's sojourn through three countries, and it's fantastic. It's what I'm giving all my girlfriends for Christmas." (Julia is scheduled to play Elizabeth in the film adaptation. She sent her the prayer beads, the ones she wore each day that whole year.)' -- Julia Roberts, Life Magazine

'Every woman should read it' -- Elle Macpherson, Daily Telegraph

'I adore it and am getting a copy to everyone I know'
-- Sophie Dahl

'I've just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love, which is amazing. It's not that it's light -- it's incredibly deep and connected and wonderful -- it's just that she writes with such lightness.' -- Minnie Driver

'Meg recently read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. "I loved it," says Meg, whose split from Quaid and subsequent relationship with actor Russell Crowe in 2000 were much publicized. "I could understand her wanting to write the book and her desire to heal. She gets a divorce and decides she's going to do what she wants to do."' -- Meg Ryan, Redbook

`A witty, honest account of loss and new beginnings, this will be
enjoyed by anyone who's realised "having it all" isn't all it's cracked up
to be' -- Easy Living

`A writer of incandescent talent' -- Annie Proulx

`If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I
haven't found him or her ... irresistible' -- New York Times

`It's a good read. I can't get away from it' -- Britney Spears, Glamour

From the Publisher

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.

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117 of 128 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cliched, cinderella complex claptrap. 28 Aug 2010
By robin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars eat pray love 20 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
I did not enjoy this book. A very self indulgent book. I have spoken to 6 friends, all of whom have read this book and we all feel the same.
I just wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to get on with her life.
Nevertheless, she has made a lot of money and has written a sequel (one to be missed)
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398 of 439 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-pitying rubbish 12 Nov 2009
By Sally
Format:Paperback
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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155 of 171 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars how did this sell 8 million???? 26 Sep 2010
By sdeleng
Format:Paperback
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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