The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of City of Girls and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
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Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir became such a massive hit that it spawned a pop culture obsession with the places she visited on her post-divorce spiritual quest. But Eat, Pray, Love is so much more than a travelogue. Gilbert expresses her need for physical, romantic, and spiritual renewal with emotional honesty, and her yearning ache for inner peace leaps off the page. Read it at the right time, and it just might inspire you to change your own life.
Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise "betwixt and between" realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression. (On sale Feb. 20)
All I can say about this book is that if you haven't read it, you should. For any person, male or female, who is searching for a new life direction or even just some interesting insights about human nature - this book is for you. This story is fulfilling on so many levels, and Elizabeth Gilbert's ability to map out and articulate this journey makes it nothing short of extraordinary. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
A beautifully written book of a life changing journey.
This book is an amazing journey of a woman "self discovery" within her travels. It is a great read!