Elizabeth Gilbert is in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, and they're trying for a baby - she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.
It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.
'It's what I'm giving all my girl friends' Julia Roberts 'Every woman should read it' Elle Macpherson 'I adore it' Sophie Dahl 'I loved it ... I could understand her wanting to write the book and her desire to heal' Meg Ryan
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 lives in Philadelphia.
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Puerile self-indulgenceWas this review helpful?
Reviewed by Stephanie Cawood from Bloemfontein, South Africa on 05 November 2010
308 of 658 people found the following review helpful:
Far from being a quest for spiritual self-discovery, this narrative is self-indulgent to the point of narcissism. The prose is pedantic, the plot superficial, while characterisation is one-dimensional at best. I would not recommend this drivel to any serious lover of the written word.
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Reviewed by Lorinda from Margate on 16 November 2009
822 of 1691 people found the following review helpful:
Well written, amusing, thought pro@#$ing! What a wonderful journey that is unassumingly presented and makes one yearn to take the leap and explore the unexplored areas of life and mind! A book that stays with you long after you've finished it, and one you want to keep on your bookshelf for ever!
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