Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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It's three 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. Miserable and desperate, she does something she has never done before: pray. 'Hello God. How are you? I'm Liz. Please tell me what to do.' And then a voice responds. 'Go back to bed, Liz.' It is more conversation than conversion. Three years later a bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair have left her battered and bewildered, but with a freedom she's never had before. So Liz begins a year-long journey to find happiness and balance in her life. First four months in Rome, where she learns Italian from identically handsome twins and gains twenty five pounds. Then to an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor - and manages to lay some ghosts to rest. Finally she heads to 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. Funny, tender and thoughtful, Eat, Pray, Love is a hilarious travelogue and a brave quest for spiritual enlightment in the face of natural scepticism. Consoling and inspiring, written with tremendous wit, intelligence and sympathy, it is a book for anyone who has ever felt lost, or thought there must be another, better way.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 28mm | 579.99g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747582882
  • 9780747582885
  • 1,076,861

About Elizabeth Gilbert

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.show more

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'A writer of incandescent talent.' Annie Proulx 'Wickedly well written.' New York Times on The Last American Man 'Elizabeth Gilbert presents us a heroine as smart, sly, plucky and altogether winning as her own prose; it's difficult, in fact, not to develop a knee-weakening crush on both.' Salon.com on Stern Men '[She] has all the hallmarks of a great writer: sympathy, wit and an amazing ear for dialogue.' Harper's Bazaar on Pilgrimsshow more

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