Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert was published 4 years ago and became a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Eat, Pray, Love is Gilbert's memoir about her journey around the world after her divorce. She was in her early thirties, unsatisfied with her life, and after her divorce she became very depressed.
Her memoir tells the story of her struggles with depression and her search for meaning in her life. The title is significant because it represents the three separate aspects of her journey. Eat stands for her time enjoying food and pleasures in Italy. Pray stands for the her time in India which she calls her pursuit of devotion. Love signifies her experience in Bali.
Many women in a similar stage of life as Gilbert can relate to her feeling of being unfulfilled, even though it appeared that she had all that any woman could ask for. Her journey may make readers question their own place in the world, but most people can't find a way to travel for a year to "find" themselves. Although Gilbert might say that if she can make it happen then anyone can.
Gilbert's insight and humor draw you in and make you feel like she's one of your own girlfriends. By the end of the book I wished that I could call her up and invite her over to drink wine and tell what she's been up to lately.
Eat, Pray, Love is now being made into a movie, which is what prompted me to re-read for a second time. Julia Roberts is starring as Gilbert and if any actress can do this story justice I'm sure it's her.
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