Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for EverythingPaperback
- 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: 105
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 John B Neil 09 Jan 2011
I borrowed this from my daughter with no great expectation. It is clearly self-indulgent but somehow I found the character human and believable. I may have bailed out in the ashram except that I had recently been in Bali and was interested to read that section. Not the worst confection I imbibed 2010 which was a very ordinary reading year. Rating 3.
By Reeva Metz 08 Jan 2011
I loved this book. It's a bit self indulgent but it didn't matter. I was so inspired by it I started to research Bali as a holiday destination....exactly where she went. Taking a year off to travel & "find myself" really resonated with me.
By Jelena Popov 08 Jan 2011
I loved it. I can see why people say it's self absorbed but it is a book about her experiences, so of course it's going to be all about her. If you can't bear that, don't read it. I thought she was very brave to bare her soul so publicly in this book.
By Tom Honeyands 03 Dec 2010
If I had to read one more page about her crappy life and how lonely, bored, confused, unloved, misunderstood and mixed up she was I think I'd be sick. After all the hype it was a total disappointment. Couldn't finish it - didn't get past Italy!! Annette Honeyands
By gayle 28 Nov 2010
Somebody else has probably already said it "eat, pray, vomit"
'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