Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Elizabeth Gilbert’s life was at it’s lowest point. She was going through a messy divorce, losing herself in an unwise relationship, and struggling with overwhelming depression. So, she decided to take a year to find herself. First, she’d go to Italy and immerse herself in joy; then India to meditate and pray; and finally, Bali, to study with a medicine man. Along the way, she finds friends, joy, God, herself, and love.
I am going to be perfectly honest: this book was on my “Never Read” list. I just didn’t like the hype surrounding it and kind of thought I’d be a cliche for reading it. So, I was going to give it a pass.
But that was before the Great Kindle Disaster of 2019, where I went on a trip to Canada and, the second day, soaked my kindle and therefore lost all my reading material. This book was on the shelf at the bed and breakfast I was at, so I decided to give it a chance.
I’m glad I did, because it’s a really well written book. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I saw bits and pieces of myself in Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve never been married and never tried to have a kid, but I recognize the frustration and despair of not quite fitting in your own life.
I liked each of the three sections of the book for different reasons. The part where she was in Italy was so full of joy and life. I love reading about India, so her experience in the Ashram was interesting. I have tried meditation and failed at it and the idea of spending hours meditating terrifies me, but I like reading about people who have come to love it. The last section, when she was in Bali, was only really interesting when she was talking about the medicine man and her friends. When she fell in love, I was less interested.
So, I’m glad I read it. It wasn’t life changing and I don’t want to follow her footsteps. But as a way to pass the time while listening to whales pass outside my tent and other sounds of the forest, it was interesting read.