There has been alot of hype regarding Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, especially as this book has been turned into a movie starring Julia Roberts, so I was keen to find out what all the fuss was about.
To be fair, I did enjoy the book. It is beautifully written and Elizabeth Gilberts descriptions of the places on her discovery journey makes you want to visit the places mentioned. The honest narrative is easy to read and being it was broken down into 108 short(ish) chapters helped alot for me to read it.
I've read a few blogs and articles which say how inspiration the book is and how the writers of these blogs and articles have found it life changing. I wouldn't go so far as that. I'm not inspired to run off the India and Bali (though Italy for me is very tempting) and go live in an Ashram and medicate and do yoga. Her descriptions of her meditations and chants and her spiritual awakening are interesting but at times I felt went on abit too much for my liking . But saying that it didn't distract me from the fact that this book is very commercial and I can understand why this book has been made into a film. I haven't seen the film, so I don't know how true to the book it is, and to tell you the truth, I'm actually not that keen to see it. I've my own pictures of the book in my head.
Elizabeth Gilbert is a very talented writer and I've seen her on TED and I do admire her drive. I look forward to what else she comes up with in the future
There is a follow up this book - called Committed, which I may or not read though as I'm more interesting in reading her other books. We'll see.
Overall, I do recommend this book if you want a book that is abit of biography/travel guide and romance all rolled up in one easy to read book.
I'm currently now reading Encore Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Review to follow soon.
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Love Lesley xx