Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Genre: Non-fiction, memoir, self-discovery, travel, spiritual

Eat Pray Love is a non-fictional book, a memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert’s search for everything.  She’s married to a husband who wants to start a family, but feels like there’s something missing in her life. She doesn’t want to be married so goes through, what turns out to be, a rough divorce then takes a journey to find herself. She guides you through her self-discovering trip from Italy to India to Indonesia. From eating, praying to loving. 

I found I connected with it greatly (obviously not her being divorced but other snippets) and could not put the book down.  She really strips back to what’s important in life, in my opinion I believe if an author can do this, makes a good book. Her writing is just so real and down to earth, yes at times she’s praying to God whom you may or may not believe in, but you really feel what she’s saying and going through as if you, too, are part of this journey. At other times it’s laugh-out-loud funny, that’s what I think is special about the book, the fact it’s an emotional rollercoaster for you and Elizabeth to ride together. I enjoyed the book a lot; I found it rather inspiring and significant.

However, just because I say a book is good might not mean it’s a good book to you, that’s what I love about a book, the fact people can read them so differently, take different points from them and form different opinions.

I liked this book because at this point in time I can relate to some of the emotions she feels and some of the things she goes through. If you don’t like it or understand it then it may just be that you’re not ready to read it yet, you perhaps haven’t experienced the things needed to appreciate the book.

Favourite Quotes:

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control.”

“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”

 “When you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt – this is not selfish, but obligation.”

“You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.”

“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

Have you read Eat, Pray, Love? What are your thoughts? 


Lucy Steel

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