- "Loved this book - it was very depressing in the beginning because I really empathized with the main character but her experiences theoughout the rest of the book were just incredible." in 20 reviews
- "I really enjoyed this book, it puts thoughts into my head where it makes me feel so motivated and inspired, then I realize that what she did was probably insanely expensive and I have 20 dollars to my name, so I ended up mad because I'm not in a position to do these things for myself and have that experience." in 17 reviews
- "I would have to say that this is one of the few books I have read that the movie was actually much better than the book!" in 11 reviews
- "This is a must read for women that want to pursue a non-traditional lifestyle or that are interested in solo travel." in 10 reviews
- "This is a well written book however I find it interesting that she had to go across the world to find out truths about herself." in 7 reviews
someone who is in need a bit of spiritual guidance and a little
re-centering, I found that I could really relate to the disconnection
Elizabeth Gilbert works through in this book. Although I didn’t like
some of the ways she describes her recounts of some of the people she
encountered in the three countries she travels too—which is to be
expected since it is in first person narrative—this is one of my
favorite self-help book.
Now, this isn’t actually intended to be a
self-help book. In fact, it’s a memoir/autobiography book, but the way
in which Elizabeth recounts her life and personal boughts with sadness,
depression, loneliness, aloft and disconnection with the world is
something transcendedly borderless and profound. I have never broken
down for the same reasons she did at the end of her marriage or at the
end of her relationship before her journey, but the thoughts, fears,
anxiety and cry fests were all recognizable and familiar.
enjoyed the way that Elizabeth incorporated skepticism, a fluid
perspective, and at times a philosophical approach with the narrative
because it didn’t feel preachy or telling. As I was reading this book it
felt more like an open conversation with someone as she was putting the
pieces of herself back together.
First, by cutting loose the
strings of her past and a heavy bag of worry by living in Italy. Second,
by discovering how to ground her heart and mind with her spirit and
then to the world around her in India. And third, by connecting the
pieces of herself that she’s discovered during the journey with the new
life that lay out before her since her divorce and the unhappiness she
was consumed with back in New York during her stay in Indonesia.
would love to be able to travel all over the world for a chance to
reconnect with my “true self,” but alas, that’s not economically
possible for me so I was happy to live vicariously through Elizabeth
during her journey and I would be happy to do it all over again.
She embarks on a date with a younger face, an actor who worked on a piece of paper she wrote. Their coexistence becomes turbulent and she finds herself separated, outside her home.
Exhausted from herself, her life and her disastrous relationships, Liz embarks on a year-long trip to Italy, India, and Bali. In Italy, she will discover her appetite as well as delight in the beautiful scenery. Fearless of calories, Liz finds out how much good food is worth and be good to herself. In India, Liz learns to pray, to meditate, where she finally discovers herself, forgiving her mistakes and her attitudes that she finds wrong. In Bali, she returns to a gentleman who predicted her marriage would end and she would return in a year there. He teaches you everything about balance.
Great work, ought to read the book to enjoy fully what they all means.
I heard everyone recommends the book more and was impressed with the book.
After completing reading, I wasn't disappointed with the movie either - the characters were mostly along with my images (I could see Liz in Julia Roberts) and I can see some nice twists the movie made as well (was also impressed about the contrast of Edward and Felipe as one lost his son and the other kept his)
.All in all, it’s a book I would recommend – not as a self-help manual- but as an entertaining memoir that draws attention to several universal truths; spirituality can be found in simple things like food, wine, youth, health, joy, and also in pain and suffering, fasting and sacrifice. It shows that living and loving, and doing it well is a universal challenge. Is it going to help you answer your own life questions? Probably not, but it might remind you that you aren’t alone; others are searching for truth as well.
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