Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Memoir/Spirituality (Non-fiction)
My Personal Summary: A woman’s search for peace, hope, love, laughter, friendship, pleasure and happiness through travel and self-exploration, in the wake of emotional devastation.
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*No spoilers are within this article.
I’m going to start this review off by saying this will 100% not be the last Elizabeth Gilbert book review that I am will be doing. If that doesn’t hint to you how this review is going to go, frankly I’m not sure what will.
It’s almost impossible to know where to start with this book, so let’s just dive in. Based on language this book was a pretty easy read. It is split into 109 chapters that are short and themed (the reasoning for this number is explained in the book) which I found brilliant. The short to mid size chapters were perfect blocks of info which gave you the option to continue reading on but never having to bookmark in the middle of a chapter. She also split the book into 3 separate “books” relating to the geographic location she was in. Another brilliant idea so that each location was thoroughly covered and organized.
“I took on my depression like it was the fight of my life, which of course, it was.” Eat, Pray, Love page 49.
In terms of topic I don’t think this book is for everyone. Although parts could be related to by most everyone, there is in-depth discussions about spirituality through much of the book (especially in the India “book). If that’s not your thing, I believe it will be an extremely slow read and you’ll lose interest quickly through those chapters.
“Your ego’s job isn’t to serve you. Its only job is to keep itself in power. And right now, your ego’s scared to death cuz it’s about to get downsized. You keep up this spiritual path, baby, and that bad boy’s days are numbered. Pretty soon your ego will be out of work, and your heart’ll be making all the decisions. So your ego’s fighting for its life, playing with your mind, trying to assert its authority, trying to keep you cornered off in a holding pen away from the rest of the universe. Don’t listen to it.” Eat, Pray, Love page 140
Overall I found this book absolutely stunning. It had pain, honesty, humour, friendship, love, spirituality, depression, transformation and much more. It was refreshing to have a book begin with an emotionally devastating heartbreak and instead of focusing on how she transformed her romantic life in particular, she went on to heal her SELF, by her SELF.
“The Yogis, however, say that human discontentment is a simple case of mistaken identity. We’re miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and resentments and mortality. We wrongly believe that our limited little egos constitute our whole entire nature. We have failed to recognize our deeper divine character. We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme Self who is eternally at peace. That supreme Self is our true identity, universal and divine.” Eat, Pray, Love page 197
Notable themes: self-discovery, transformation, self-growth. This is a book I would recommend to every. single. person that is aching to look deep inside their soul and truly bloom. The one word I would use to cap off this book would be inspirational (it’s not ideal that it makes you yearn to jet set out of your life and live for a year abroad exactly the way she did but hey that’s how you know an author is a fabulous writer, right?).
“People universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.” Eat, Pray, Love page 260.
Numerical Review: 8.5/10
This was an addicting book that left you desperately wanting to know what would happen next. It brings peace and hope to the reader and leaves them inspired to go on a similar journey. I will definitely recommend this book in the future.