Eat, Pray, Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment, and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression, and heartbreak.
It's 3 a.m., and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered, and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion, and balance.
So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains 25 pounds; to an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor; and to Bali, where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly, happiness begins to creep up on her....
"The author's reading of this memoir adds depth; her vocal presence provides vivid color and quirky humor as she eats (in Italy), prays (in India), and finds love (in Indonesia). This is a delightful memoir that explores exotic countries as well as the author's heart and soul." (
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Completely Self Obsessed becomes Assured Obsessed
Someone with a strong belief in a higher awareness and a desire to feel someone else is in control and will make it all better.
Write more about the other people and less about herself. The feel good factor from hearing of her achievement was marred by the nagging feeling that she had gone from a depressed control freak to a self assured control tyrant.
Get less involved in the introspective passages to provide a contrast and perspective to the narrative
Maybe not cut as they are necessary but reduce the time dwelling on the feelings and visions of a higher state as they came across as "look at me, am I not clever".
I never give up on a talking book, but I had to play this one at high speed to make it through.
- M Baker