Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert had been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I happened to find it at a discount book store almost a year ago and bought it on a whim because of all the hype about it. I normally donít enjoy books that receive huge accolades and movie deals. Once again, this book falls into that category. I picked it up on a lazy Friday night to see what the big deal about this book is.
The premise of this story is about Gilbert who suddenly finds herself divorced after years of an unhappy marriage. It seems at age 32, she goes through a midlife crisis. She goes through a difficult rebound relationship that leaves her feeling lost and lonely once again. Gilbert tells us how God spoke to her while in a deep depression and crying session on her bathroom floor. She is inspired to find herself so to speak. She takes off on a journey to Europe, India, and ends in Bali.
Gilbert tells her story well. I did enjoy her style of writing. There were times it seemed she was leaving information out especially in the beginning when telling us of her unhappy marriage and divorce. She never gives a solid reason as to why. She skirted around the topic. The middle was slow and drawn out. I guess I was expecting more of a grand adventure then what was depicted by the author. I do understand why there was such a big deal made about the author story. It does tell of feelings a lot of woman feel but do not express them. I think some women may live vicariously through Gilbertís story of her travels and the way she discovers herself.
All in all, it is not a BAD book. One may be inspired to do something about their situation after reading this. But it is not a good book in my opinion either. At times Gilbert is whiny to the point of skipping ahead a paragraph or two.
I haven't seen the movie yet. Have you? Is it better then the book? Come tell me about it in the forum!