Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Eat,_Pray,_Love_–_Elizabeth_Gilbert,_2007Title: Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Type: Memoir

I’m clearly ages behind on popular fiction. Eat, Pray, Love was published in 2006 and released as a film in 2010 — 5 years ago! But I just read it for the first time, so here’s a review for the rest of you like me. 

Eat, Pray, Love describes Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey to find happiness, peace, and balance in her life following a divorce and nasty break-up. She spends a year living in Italy, India, and Indonesia (Bali), writing about her experiences along the way. In Italy she dedicates her time to pleasure — taking in the sites, eating delicious food, and learning the language. India is for devotion, so she spends her entire time at an ashram, meditating and finding her way to deity. Indonesia is her key to balancing pleasure and dedication, the place where she learns to love again.

I liked the book. Initially though, I couldn’t explain why. Gilbert’s entire journey is about spiritual discovery, filled with meditation, visions from gurus, and conversations with herself. Continue reading