Review By Ryder Islington
I saw the movie, and now I’ve read the book. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is the perfect book for someone who needs to start over. Written like a novel, this story of Ms. Gilbert flying up out of the ashes like a pheonix and finding her way in the world is funny, spiritual and full of romance as well as practical guidance for the person who find’s him or her self stuck.
This book is a great guide for the newly divorced. It’s perfect for the spiritual seeker. It’s a great travel guide, a captivating memoir, and a love story. The movie was good. The book is better.
When Elizabeth Gilbert found herself in a marriage she couldn’t make work, she made a decision. It was a hard one. But, after many nights of crying on the bathroom floor, she did it. She left her husband. It didn’t go well. The divorce was a disaster. And if that wasn’t enough, she followed it up with a relationship that didn’t work so well either. Though she and David loved each other, Elizabeth was in no place to form and maintain a strong attachment with a man. She went through all the emotions that divorced women go through, throwing jealousy into the mix of failure and uselessness. So she made another decision. A year of traveling. First to Italy, just because she loved the language. Then to India to stay at an ashram. She met some great mentors there, and learned how to be patient, forgiving, and hopeful. Then on to Indonesia to spend some time with a medicine man she’d met two years before.
Her journey was more than a trip through these countries. She went searching for herself. And the journey was a success.
This is great writing. Compellingly readable. A keeper.