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Eat Pray Love

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
January, 2007
ISBN:
9780143038412
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Oddly but aptly titled, Eat, Pray, Love is an experience to be savoured: This spiritual memoir brims with humour, grace, and scorching honesty. It has also become the easy-to-recommend bestselling read of the year. After a messy divorce and other personal missteps, Elizabeth Gilbert embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery, with three main stops:
Italy
, for pleasure (mostly gustatory, with a special emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual searching; and
Bali, for “balancing.” These destinations are all on the beaten track, but Gilbert’s exuberance and her self-deprecating wit enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, “It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, ‘I’ve always been a big fan of your work.’ ”

Confronting the “twin goons” of depression and loneliness, the author (in her early 30s) divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, “eat”: savouring
Italy
’s buffet of delights—the world’s best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners—Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. “I came to
Italy
pinched and thin,” she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul.

Then, “pray”: seeking communion with the divine at an ashram in
India
, Liz the yogini immerses in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, “love”: in
Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise “betwixt and between” realms, studies with a merry medicine man, and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year’s cultural and emotional tapestry—conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor—as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression.

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.

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