Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The following is a book review from a guest reviewer:

Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Reviewer: Kristen
Genre: Adult non-fiction
Rating: Like
Alerts/Warnings: Language and sex
Premise: "A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life. Driven to despair by a punishing divorce and an anguished love affair, Gilbert flees New York for sojourns in the three Is. She goes to Italy to learn the language and revel in the cuisine, India to meditate in an ashram, and Indonesia to reconnect with a healer in Bali. This itinerary may sound self-indulgent or fey, but there is never a whiny or pious or dull moment because Gilbert is irreverent, hilarious, zestful, courageous, intelligent, and in masterful command of her sparkling prose. A captivating storyteller with a gift for enlivening metaphors, Gilbert is Anne Lamott's hip, yoga-practicing, footloose younger sister, and readers will laugh and cry as she recounts her nervy and outlandish experiences and profiles the extraordinary people she meets. As Gilbert switches from gelato to kundalini Shakti to herbal cures Balinese-style, she ponders the many paths to divinity, the true nature of happiness, and the boon of good-hearted, sexy love." (King County Library System)
Opinions: I read this book a couple months before I moved to Portugal and it helped me get excited to move to a new country and be immersed in a new culture. The author is a bit “woo-woo” and narcissistic at times, and we definitely have differing religious beliefs, but I still enjoyed reading about her journey.

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