Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, pleases the senses like a piece of expensive chocolate that melts slowly and deliciously on your tongue with exquisite pleasure; it’s eye candy for the pilgrim and doesn’t make you feel guilty for your lack of knowledge about a place you visit, or for not exploring the touristy points of a new city. It just focuses on experiencing the culture like a stroll in the park without the cluster of typical tourist routes.
This novel is great if you are in a situation where you need to open your mind up to spiritual possibilities. The best place to read this book is in a country rich with culture such as Italy, India and Indonesia which are featured in this book.
If you’re happy and content in your life it is best to leave this book gathering dust on the bookshelf because it is likely to make you unsettled.
Eat Pray Love is much less a physical adventure than a spiritual one and will take you on an emotional roller-coaster of uncertainty that we can all relate to at one point of our lives or another.
I think the biggest mistake this author made was allowing this story to be turned into a movie. It is impossible for a movie to have such an emotional depth that the book portrays.
If you’re expecting ultimate tourist adventure, spectacular views and adventurous tales, expect to be disappointed, this novel is more about self discovery, life style change and spirituality.
When to read this book:
- If you are unhappy or restless in your life and want more from life than material objects
- If your going through a hard break-up
- If you’re on a long term holiday especially in Italy, India or Indonesia (this novel is bound to open your eyes to the fortune of your situation.)
While reading this book I was going through a bit of emotional turmoil myself and I became immediately depressed because I couldn’t at that very moment go on my own adventure of self discovery.
I got to a point when I asked Trish ‘would you hate me if I decided to move across the country?’ I was so emotionally deep into the books richness that I had a crying fit at how dreadfully boring my own life was in comparison. At the height of my emotional peak this book took my heart into my throat and yanked it so hard I began to question the meaning of my own life.
Two days later it was that time of the month and I had a good laugh at myself.
The moral of the story is to all girls DO NOT read this book if your about to come into your monthly cycle, sorry boys if this is too much info.
Eat, pray, love will change the way you travel.
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Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert