Itâ€™s three am. Elizabeth Gilbert, a thirty-something writer, is sobbing on the bathroom floor. Her husband, whom she is contemplating leaving, is sleeping next door. Her misery drives her to do something she has never done before: pray. â€œHello God. How are you? Iâ€™m Liz. Itâ€™s nice to meet you.â€. A voice responds.â€œGo back to bed, Liz.â€ It is more conversation than conversion.
A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair are to follow, but also a new kind of freedom. And it leads to Lizâ€™s year-long journey to find happiness and balance in her life. Firstly she spends four months in Rome, where she learns Italian from identically handsome twins, refrains from romantic involvement (despite the twins) and gains twenty-five pounds. Then four months in an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up at 3am to scrub the temple floor and she manages to lay some ghosts to rest. Finally to Bali, where a toothless medicine man offers her a new path to achieve peace â€” simply to sit still and smile. It is here that happiness begins slowly to creep up on her.
Eat, Pray Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression and heartbreak. Written with tremendous wit, intelligence and sympathy, it is a must-read.
Publication date: 03/04/2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||3rd April 2006|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Travel,|
|Categories:||Autobiography: general, Travel writing,|
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing. Elizabeth Gilbert currently lives in Philadelphia.Photograph © Marion EttlingerMore About Elizabeth Gilbert