Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Goodreads: This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls "Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister") is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

Kritters Thoughts: Well another one on audio, another memoirish book. I have enjoyed that both books I have listened to were read by the person they really happened to - made the experience more personal.

As far as the book, it was interesting. I liked how it was divided up between the three countries that she visited, but I didn't fall in love with this book. The minute I heard the book was going to be made into a movie with Julia Roberts, the book jumped to the top of my wish list.

Sometimes I felt as though she was beating me over the head with her thoughts on religion - I agreed with her at times, but goodness she has opinions! She definitely convinced me that Italy would be a place where I would love to go and visit for awhile.

There isn't much to say - I liked it, but it didn't excite me or send me overboard. It was a good read - I would pass it onto my friends who like memoirish books.

Rating:enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Pages: 334

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  1. I have resisted reading this book and even seeing the movie. For me, Julia Roberts is not a compelling enough reason to go to a movie...tho I did love Notting Hill!

    But it's the subject matter I guess that prevents me from reading it. Perhaps tho, I should give it a try once I finish my TBR pile, whenever that will be!

  2. This is in my TBR pile - but I haven't been in a hurry to read it yet.


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