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....
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By Verner on 23-04-16
Completely Self Obsessed becomes Assured Obsessed
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
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.
What could Elizabeth Gilbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
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.
How could the performance have been better?
Get less involved in the introspective passages to provide a contrast and perspective to the narrative
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eat, Pray, Love?
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".
Any additional comments?
I never give up on a talking book, but I had to play this one at high speed to make it through.
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By M Baker on 30-06-17
Not knowing what to expect I have enjoyed listening to this. Having the author read it I found gave it a more personal feel and enhanced my time lost in her adventures. Lots of humour lifted some of the difficult emotions she dealt with. I'm grateful to have shared her story.
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By Michelle on 22-03-10
I now look forward to the movie
I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's very honest account of dealing with depression and her search for happiness. She brilliantly describes the nagging dark thoughts encountered during so many people's depressive moments and she travels in pursuit of learning to live with her thoughts through a spiritual journey. The journey is also an escape from a toxic yet addictive relationship. It was refreshing to find a book about the truth of someones travel experience rather then the holiday brochure type travel book. She has a colloquial style that makes you feel like you could be listening to your most interesting and best friend over a coffee. Each time a new chapter starts it is like meeting for another coffee. I will be seeing the movie and I will listen to the book again one day. Even better to listen to this book while on a relaxing holiday!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Dianne on 11-10-10
ever get that sinking feeling...
...guess it had to happen eventually, only 21 minutes into this book and I realised I had made a terrible mistake and wasted my precious monthly credit. The feeling started to loom when the author, reading her book, made the announcement that it was not appropriate to share what had brought her to the point of writing this book, but apparently we were still expected to wade with her through her nobly avoiding lovers and maundering through her randomly and ramblingly defined concept of (oh no) 'god'...won't even give this a second chance...was hoping to deal with the real issues of marriage and depression, not the self indulgent memoir of a too wealthy, wet behind the ears thirty somthing...
3 of 4 people found this review helpful