Eat, Pray, Love - by Elizabeth Gilbert (Book Review 23)

Eat, Pray, Love
@MALUSE (69388)
Germany
September 26, 2018 1:25pm CST
Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert has it all: at the age of 30 she’s already published three books, is an acknowledged journalist, popular with her friends, married for eight years to her long-term boyfriend, co-owner of a nice house in the suburbs of New York. The next item on the list is a baby. Yet, one night she finds herself crying and praying on the bathroom floor. She suddenly knows that she has to get out of the marriage and that a baby is out of the question. She loves the sound of the Italian language and wants to learn it so that she can converse freely. She knows an Indian guru whose teachings she follows in a circle of devotees in New York. A journalistic assignment takes her to the island of Bali where she meets an old medicine man who tells her she’ll be back, learn his craft and teach him English. What have all these events to do with each other? In order not to go under Liz decides to take one year as time out. She divides it orderly into three parts: four months in Italy, four months in India and four months on Bali. Eat, Pray, Love is the autobiographic account of this year abroad. Liz Gilbert claims that her travelling skills are meagre. She’s tall and blonde, doesn’t blend well physically in most places (certainly not in the countries she intends to visit), she’s lazy on research and prone to digestive woes. “But my one mighty travel talent is that I can make friends with anybody. I can make friends with the dead…“ She takes a room in Rome, attends a language course, but drops out when she’s learnt the basics as she thinks she can learn more by talking to people directly. What does she do then all day long besides chatting up the locals? She eats! She gains 23 pounds in four months. She approaches people in the street, asks them where they’d advise her to eat and then has the most delicious meals on her own in no-name, hidden trattorias. Liz’ next stop is an Ashram in India where she hopes to find enlightenment. One critic writes, “… surprisingly, the Pray section turns out to be the most interesting part.“ ‘One man's meat is the other man's poison‘ is all I can say. This is all so not me! So the middle section flops for me? Here I have to say something about the style. Liz Gilbert is a wonderful writer. She knows the language well, she’s educated, witty, funny, ironical. She can pull her own leg. It doesn’t really matter what she describes, reading her is a pleasure. When her time in India is over, she’s already found the balance she wanted to look for in Bali. This means she’s not so engrossed in her own problems any more. She can now fully concentrate on other people. “Is there no man in Liz’ life?” you may wonder. She vowed to stay celibate when she set out on her journey. She had had it with men, but there is a fascinating specimen in Bali who makes her forget her vows. The outlook for her future? A transcontinental love life covering America, Australia, Bali and Brazil; A A B B, for her the perfect harmony. This brings me to the end: who is the book for, who are the target readers? According to a review on an American site ‘the entire female American population’. ----- Made into a film starring Julia Roberts. ----- If you're interested in my other book reviews, click on the green line at the top of the site (Malus Book Reviews)
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@andriaperry (116863)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Sep 18
I think I seen that movie years ago, maybe I should read this book now.
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@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
26 Sep 18
As I've mentioned, it's well written and a pleasure to read.
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@andriaperry (116863)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Sep 18
@MALUSE Thank you. I will add it to the list of must read.
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@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
26 Sep 18
@andriaperry I think you won't regret it.
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@1hopefulman (45121)
• Canada
27 Sep 18
I saw the movie and liked it!
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@1hopefulman (45121)
• Canada
27 Sep 18
@MALUSE Let us know how it compares to the book?
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@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
27 Sep 18
I've only read the book but I've found the film on youtube. I think I'll watch it now.
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@amadeo (111941)
• United States
26 Sep 18
same here saw this movie a while back.I lked it.
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@Inlemay (17713)
• South Africa
6 Oct 18
I loved the book and if I had the money, I would go on my own EAT, PRAY LOVE adventure
@Inlemay (17713)
• South Africa
7 Oct 18
@MALUSE you are welcome
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
7 Oct 18
Thanks for making me stinking rich with your Likes and Comments!
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@YrNemo (20257)
2 Oct 18
Just checked out her biography. An interesting woman re: her philosophy of life, love and romance.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
2 Oct 18
Yes, she is an interesting woman and a good writer.
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@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
4 Oct 18
@YrNemo Thanks for the info. It doesn't make a book better or worse if you know something about the author, but yes, one is curious, isn't one?
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@YrNemo (20257)
4 Oct 18
@MALUSE (I like a happy ending. So when you mentioned that book and the author's life story, I promptly went searching for more, to see if she has been living a dreamed life in the end... ) I ended up thinking about what her first and second husband thinking about her. No one likes to be left like that.
@Jury3991 (32)
• Israel
29 Sep 18
Same here.. I saw the movie long time ago on a plane while I was on my way to london , I think I should read the book.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
29 Sep 18
@Jury3991 Aha. So it is a woman's name. The Russian name Jurij is a man's name.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
29 Sep 18
Btw, does your first name Jury indicate that your family is from Russia?
• Israel
29 Sep 18
@MALUSE Nop, jury is difenetly Arabian name it means rose.
@amirev777 (4117)
• India
29 Sep 18
@MALUSE, shall surely look forward to reading this book. During the course of sea voyages, even I have travelled around the world.
@jstory07 (134932)
• Roseburg, Oregon
28 Sep 18
That book sounds really good. Thanks for the nice review.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
28 Sep 18
You're welcome. This is my 23rd book review on myLot. I know now that myLotters are not much into reading. Post a review about what you had for breakfast or your stepmother's second cousin's latest disease and you'll become stinking rich here! :-)
@pgntwo (22408)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Sep 18
I'm not in the demographic for this one then... It does sound enthralling though. I found Stephenie Meyer's The Host an engrossing read, even if it was slated as romantic fiction... perhaps I should give Eat, Pray, Love a go.
@TheHorse (209540)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Sep 18
Sounds interesting. But did she forsake her husband? I wonder what led her to suddenly question her "perfect" life.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
29 Sep 18
An early midlife crisis maybe. Not only men suffer from them.
@DianneN (247204)
• United States
1 Oct 18
I have the book waiting for me to read. It sounds fabulous and my kind of read.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
2 Oct 18
Don't wait any longer. Give it a go.
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@DianneN (247204)
• United States
2 Oct 18
@MALUSE I will!!! Can't wait.
@just4him (311901)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Oct 18
Sounds like an interesting book.
@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
3 Oct 18
It is!
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@just4him (311901)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Oct 18