Monday, May 30, 2011

Review of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Synopsis in a Sentence: In this self-relevatory memoir, Elizabeth Gilbert leaves her marriage and sets out on a quest around the world to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life.

My Thoughts: Eat, Pray, Love is a very good and unique book, for the most part! I feel like most women would be able to identify with Gilbert's inner conflict and even with some of her wanderlust...perhaps not to the point where you leave your significant other and set off on a self discovering journey, but in the way that women sometimes need to remember who they are outside of their day to day life.

In this memoir, Gilbert travels to three distinct places around the globe to find peace within herself and a greater understanding of who she is. She first goes to Italy, and this was my favorite section of the book. Gilbert simply lets herself rest and indulges in all of her five senses...your mouth practically waters as you read about the amazing pasta and pizza she eats!

The chapters where she is in India and learning to pray, do yoga and center herself are fascinating, but starts to get a little repetitive and boring after awhile. Her descriptions of Bali, the third location she journeys to, bring the beautiful paradise to life, but she ends up meeting another man while she's there and becoming infatuated with him. It kinda seems like it defeats the whole purpose of the book a bit...she goes on this quest to figure out who she is as an independent woman, seperate from a man and then ends up right back where she started haha! Overall though, a very descriptive, fun and enlightening read.

I know this book is a few years old...has anyone else read it and what did you think? Have you read the sequel, Committed?


  1. I thought I was the only person left who hadn't read this book yet! I haven't read it yet but will be soon for my books to movies challenge (I haven't seen the movie yet either). Great review by the way!

  2. Hi Rebecca,
    I love your blog and I've given you an award!

  3. I have read all the series in a Child Called It. It is such an inspiration that for all the abuse he endured that he forgave his mother and inspires others around the world.

  4. I haven't read this one, but I saw the movie. It was good, but I do want to read the book.

  5. Yes I read it for my other book club and I hated it. I didn't want to see the movie or read the book and nearly had a cow when my sis in law said that was the choice! My very stinging review is here -

    Our June book club choice changed if you wanna check it out, it's now Three Wishes by Carey Golberg

    Tomes Devotee

  6. Must be an enjoyable read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.