- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 22mm | 289g
- Publication date: 5 March 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0747585660
- ISBN 13: 9780747585664
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 102
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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Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the Pen/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in Philadelphia.
By Kim Stephens 11 Dec 2011
I was excited with anticipation to read this well publicised book - what a disappointment. The writer spent most of the book indulging her self pity when really, her problems were mostly insignificant. I read every painstaking page as I optimistically expected it to get better - alas, I was mistaken, but hope that if there is just one person who doesn't read this book because of my review, my own journey through this tormentuous nonsense will not be in vain...
By nichola 16 Jun 2011
I really, really wanted to like this book, so it's with a heavy heart that I acknowledge that it wasn't the inspiring, up-lifting, journey of self-discovery book I thought it might be.
While at times I could enjoy 'Eat, Pray, Love' I found that overall it was a struggle to pickup and read.
By Kay Field 20 May 2011
If ever you need a book to put yourself to sleep this is it! Boring!!
By Susan McGinn 15 May 2011
I loved this book. It was an easy read and I enjoyed the ride. Possibly because I could identify with it. I could not put it down and have told all my friends about it.
By Rochelle 06 Apr 2011
When I read a novel, I expect to feel something - excitement towards the plot, empathy towards the characters, anticipation for what's to come. I felt absolutely nothing reading this novel. She talks about how hard life is for her and though I can appreciate that she went through a very difficult personal experience, it's not interesting enough to write a book about. I stopped reading after Italy...
I can't believe they adapted this book for a movie!
'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