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Eat, Pray, Love: A Book Review

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love, an autobiography by Elizabeth Gilbert, is now a movie starring Julia Roberts. I have not seen the movie yet, so I thought I would review the book now and then compare it with a review of the movie after I do see it.

The subtitle of this book is “One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia.” That about sums it up in one sentence.  What the subtitle does not reveal is the richness of the language, the depth of Gilbert’s honesty, and the flow of the book from one section to the next. She reveals feelings that many of us are afraid to talk about, which is one reason I like the book so much.

I am also biased because this book is an honest account of the author’s horrific divorce, including the grieving, the eating, the praying, and then finding love. Those of you who have had a painful divorce will relate to Gilbert’s experience put on paper, for everyone to read. That takes guts! Gilbert grabs you in the Introduction where she explains the importance of the 108 plus one  bead on a string of beads called japa mala. So even before you start reading about her own divorce daze, the numerology in the Introduction pulls you in.

Here’s a couple of sentences from Book One in which the author shares her feelings about her breakup:

If I’d had any way of knowing that things were–as Lily Tomlin once said–going to get a whole lot worse before they got worse, I’m not sure how well I would have slept that night. But seven very difficult months later, I did leave my husband.  When I finally made that decision, I thought the worst was over. This only shows how little I knew about divorce.

This book was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and it deserved to be there, in my opinion.  Even if you see the movie first, I urge you to read the book so you can grasp the flavor of Gilbert’s feelings page by page, rereading parts that strike home and moving through the divorce aftermath as a reader.

The softcover version sells for $15.00 and is available from Amazon.com. If you click on the icon below, it will take you directly to Amazon