- 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 Amanda Urquhart 05 Mar 2011
I bought this book after watching Oprah's show and thought I was going to be inspired. I can honestly say Eat, Pray, Love is the most boring , self absorbed load of dribble I have ever read.
I kept expecting to get to the 'good bit' - but alas it never happened and I gave up on the book when she was in India as everytime I read the book I fell asleep after just a few pages!
I have wondered why women say they felt inspired and got aha moments in the book because I could only read - self pity, self indulgents and a woman with far too much time on her hands to think about herself.
I have led an interesting life and happy to leave my comfort zone along with following a spiritual path through Yoga - but Elizabeth seems to have missed the point and not realised how fortunate she was/is to live her life to the full... she didn't need to go around the globe to find herself as she was running away from herself. Very disappointing load of rubbish which has made her an awful lot of money!!
By Kristy A McWilliams 22 Feb 2011
I thought it was the most self absorbed drivel I have ever come across.
By Sabrina Stock 08 Feb 2011
Can't agree with the 1 or 2 star reviews, I loved the book. It wasn't easy to read but if you see the sense and meaning of it you'll see many things in your life different. Very brave women on a very long journey through life and the world. A book which makes you think, down-the-line or wake up and be finally yourself? Or better: Do you know who you are?
By Lesly Maurel 05 Feb 2011
Couldn't agree more with 'Burn It' it is the most self indulgent book I have read in ages, I wanted to give her a good shake!
By Claudine Ng 31 Jan 2011
I couldn't even finish the book. I am a solo traveler myself, and I found her "self-discovery" journey to be absolute bullsh*t! I'm sorry, but I can't relate to her in any sense!
The way of writing was long and draggy and BORING! The only inspiration i got was, maybe I can write way better than her! And I'll definitely have more interesting travel stories to tell.
This book is just LAME!
'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