The Oshtemo book group recently discussed Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love. This book is a look at one year in Gilbert’s life, spent in Italy, India and Indonesia, trying to find peace and healing for both her mind and spirit. The book documents her four-month stay in each of the locations as she attempts to recover from a divorce, deep depression, and inner turmoil.
Our group was mixed – some finding her brutal honesty and willingness to bare her soul to be powerful and moving. Others found her to be self-absorbed and egotistical. But the fact that so much diversity of viewpoints came out of the same book, points to how well written it is. Gilbert is an excellent writer and literally brings you with her as she eats gelato for breakfast in a little Italian bistro, meditates at the top of an ashram in India, or smiles and enjoys living with the gentle people of Indonesia.
You are bound to have your own opinion of this book, and I hope you take the time to read it or listen to it in the author’s own voice on audiobook. The library has both formats.
Eat, Pray, Love: One woman's search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia