Book Review – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love has become the latest book for women in search of themselves since it was written in 2006. Since its film adaption staring Julia Roberts, which was released in 2010, it has gained even more popularity.

Summary

The book is the author’s, Elizabeth Gilbert, memoir of her one year long trip through Italy, India and Bali. The book was published in 2006 and remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for almost 4 years and has printed over ten million copies.

More in detail

The author is 32 years old when, after her divorce and a rebound relationship, it becomes clear to her that she hasn’t spend time alone since she became a young adult and started dating. She decides to take a year to herself where she is dedicating time to her own journey of finding three things: pleasure, devotion and balance.

She starts her travels in Rome, where she learns Italian, dives into Italian food and ‘dolce far niente’. Next she journeys on to an ashram in India to devote her time to meditation and prayer. Her last segment is exploring Bali, where she had met an old medicine man on a previous travel who foretold her that she would lose all her money, get a divorce and come back to Bali. In this last stage she finds balance between spirituality, devotion, pleasure and love in the form of a Brazilian business owner.

Her yearlong travel was, luckily for her, paid in advance through a book deal from her publisher in New York, which made her a career as a highly paid freelance writer.

About the author

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American author who was born in 1969. She has written a few short stories, a novel, biography, two memoirs and worked on a couple of books as a contributor. She worked as a journalist in New York for a few national magazines including SPIN, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, and Travel + Leisure.

Film adaption

Columbia Pictures bought the film rights for ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with Julia Roberts starring as Elizabeth Gilbert. The film was released in August 2010.

Personally I find it to be a really good adaption, given that it spans over 3 countries and includes endless experiences and insights that the producers had to pick from. I think Julia is a good choice to play Elizabeth, playing a real and honest woman on the way to find herself, which is not always an easy and pleasant ride.

Recommendation

Both the film and the book are truly enjoyable. As to be expected, the book has many more details that the film cannot capture so I would recommend reading the book first.

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