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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747585660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747585664
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (665 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,457 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

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"Every woman should read it." (Elle Macpherson)

"It's what I'm giving all my girl friends." (Julia Roberts)

"A probing, thoughtful title with a free and easy style, this work seamlessly blends history and travel for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"Elizabeth Gilbert was a 30-year-old successful journalist with a perfect life (husband, fancy New York City apartment, fabulous weekend home) when she realized she was miserable. After surviving an acrimonious divorce, Gilbert sold her remaining possessions to spend a year abroad – four months each in three countries with nothing in common except starting with the letter 'I'. The author's reading of this memoir adds depth; she's obviously not a professional narrator, but her vocal presence provides vivid color and quirky humor as she eats (in Italy), prays (in India), and finds love (in Indonesia). This is a delightful memoir that explores exotic countries as well as the author's heart and soul." (AudioFile Magazine)

"If a more likeable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her ... Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in." (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By StaceyFace on 7 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book having seen trailers for the movie and thought it would be a good idea to read the book first as I had heard good things from others. While i would not say the book is awful as the writing style, at particular points, is very readable it certainly did not live up to my expectations.
Firstly much of what is described in the book seems so over the top it can be both unbelievable and slightly irritating. Parts such as the authors descriptions of the wonder of the Italian language spring to mind as does the incident where the author claims to have jumped from a decent height, injuring her back in the process, in order to attend a spiritual practise she claims to loathe.
While the first section of the book is reasonably interesting other parts, especially the middle section are dull and repetative.
I would recommend reading this book to form your own opinion however i would also suggest that if you do wish to read this book rent it from a library as it is definetly not one that I would assume many would care to read again
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By WordWoman on 23 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book for my new Kindle and almost immediately wished I hadn't - after a few chapters, I had to abandon it as I didn't think the device could handle being thrown at the wall.

The author is a thirty-something journalist living a perfect, Carrie Bradshaw-style life with her perfect husband in their perfect home in New York. But one night she wakes up and realises this isn't enough for her. After a night spent writhing around on the bathroom floor, wailing and feeling sorry for herself, she finally decides God has spoken to her and told her to leave. Storming out of her marriage, she immediately shacks up with an inappropriate toyboy and blows up her divorce proceedings into the trial of the century.

Luckily for her, she has a generous editor who offers to pay her to go off round the world for a year and find herself (or perhaps they just really wanted some peace). So off she goes to Italy to live the cliche - the beautiful language, the gregarious Italian grandmas force-feeding her delicious pasta and ripe tomatoes, the long siestas, the passionate brown-eyed boys desperate to sleep with her... I understand she then goes on to repeat the same pattern in Indonesia (replacing the gregarious grandmas with ancient yogis feeding her spiritual wisdom), but I couldn't bear to read that far.

This could have been an interesting/inspiring read, but I couldn't get past the endless stream of cliches and the author's drama queen attitude. She needs to get some perspective and realise the world doesn't revolve around her.
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410 of 452 people found the following review helpful By Sally on 12 Nov. 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruthless on 15 April 2013
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OK, so I do get what people are writing about Liz being self obsessed. But to me the point of this book is that she actually decides to be self obsessed, to understand the patterns and mistakes of her past and to eventually free herself. And to write about them. The self obsession is deliberate. She is writing about her journey to understand herself, not every little thing that happened to her over her year of discovery.

I have read this book twice, it offered me comfort following my divorce and again at the end of my last relationship. At a time when I was a little self obsessed (in my own head, of course we all get on with real life on the outside) it helped me to read Liz's thoughts, which were so similar to mine.

Plus it inspired me to go away on a yoga holiday - obviously we can't all be paid to go to Italy, India and Indonesia for 12 months, but we CAN be inspired to do a little more in our own lives and my week at a yoga retreat wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for reading this book. Come on, take the positive message here people!

Don't be put off by the bad reviews. If you've been through a break up or divorce or you're struggling in a relationship then read this book!
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