Thursday, 14 April 2016

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

This was a book I had picked up last year but never seemed to get into. Which is strange because I loved the movie so surly I would love the book right away? So I put it back on the shelf and decided I would try again this year. Eat, Pray, Love is all about Liz finding herself and inner balance/peace by traveling. Which is something I will be doing next year (the travel part not sure about finding my inner peace just yet ;P) so I guess that helped me to pick it up again and fall in love with it.  

Once I started I couldn't stop, except for when the bus arrived at my stop that is. I found that I couldn't read at night in bed anymore so I would read whilst traveling to work. Which is why I think it took me longer than usual to read but I loved every minute of it. 

The book is a mix between a biography and a fictional story. It's based on true events and the travels that Elizabeth (Liz) took but its told in a way that could be fictional. Its a good old fashion storytelling and it flows so well that I wouldn't want it any other way. Liz is at a struggling time of her life, at the beginning she is going through divorce and overall just bad relationships both with others and mainly herself. After another late night of no sleep and crying in the bathroom, she prays. Thus leading her on a path towards inner peace and God. 

For those who aren't religious please don't be put off by this, it's a fantastic read on learning to live with your inner demons, forgiveness and taking care of yourself. Plus reading about three amazing countries, the people she meets and their stories all come together for a great story about learning to love yourself. Which is my kind of story. 
 

Italy | I was going to say Italy was my favourite chapter but after finishing the book I now realise I just love each in their own way. Italy, woah I am so excited to visit Italy just for the food alone. The way Liz explained each dish had me drooling over each meal and wanting my own taste of Italy. I haven't had food so well described to me than when JK describes the great feasts at Hogwarts so that's telling you something!

Italy was full of exploration, passionate people and adventure. All of which I hope to find on my journey around Europe next year (fingers crossed I'm still saving)


India | India probably dealt with the most grief and personal development. Which was so very interesting to read about. Liz goes to a Ashram to meditate and learn how to fight her woes and learn inner peace. These chapters really got to me, it was amazing seeing the different types of people who she meets all going for the same reasons, to be closer with themselves and God. Reading about different techniques and experiences was amazing and made me even question what I was doing to feel close to myself and my relationship with God. 

India got me questioning, thinking and wondering more than the other chapters, I felt more involved in this world and was keen to know more. After the fast pace passionate Italy, India was quiet but strong with a big presence. These chapters create dialogue in yourself which I liked.

Indonesia | Indonesia, Bali being the particular place Liz stayed, was a nice relaxing end compared to the bustle and trials of the first two destinations. I feel like we just flowed into it and like Liz we were comfortable and content so nothing really felt like hard-work. We meet Ketut who is one of me new favourite people haha An old medicine man who is just too cute for words and so content in himself you can't help but like him haha.

Here Liz finds balance, love and friendship. A nice relaxed end that makes you happy of the journey you've just gone on alongside Liz. You couldn't have read a better end in a fairy tale it seems so perfect haha!  

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Some favourite Quotes |

"See, now that's your problem. You're wishin' too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be." 

"Why they always look so serious in yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver."

"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. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings."

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This book really connected to me. I can't wait to travel, meet new people. Adjust to new countries and ways of living. Find adventure, peace and adventure all at once! Plus who knows if my own prince charming is out there haha! If not who cares I'll have eaten in Italy! ;P

I really recommend reading the book, if you're not a reader there's always the movie right?


Have you read Eat, Pray, Love? I would love to hear your thoughts! Also do you travel to find pleasure, connection or love? Let me know!

Love Always,


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