Okay, okay, I know I’m late on this one. I know the whole craze has passed on the book and has now moved on to the movie…but… Oh. My. Goodness.
I want so much to dissect little bits (and big bits) of this book, but I won’t for fear of ruining it for those of you who have yet to read it. I hope what I put here isn’t so much that it messes up the experience of the book for you.
Must say though, I loved this book something awful. (that’s a good thing)
Liz Gilbert is such a talented writer! I love how she made things come full circle back around, and referenced earlier bits in such a funny, touching or cute way, like when she ended the book with “attraversiammo” with Felipe. ::swoon:: on Felipe by the by. In my head he’s so friggin hot! She really described things just enough for me to see it, but not get bored with endless details of a stone pathway or something. It was just…perfect. She uses such pretty language all throughout the book which made it that much more enjoyable for me.
So much of Eat Pray Love spoke directly to me so deeply it scared me. I had to put the book down and back away from it slowly at times. (like when Richard from Texas was telling Liz about herself at the ashram – i felt the well meaning blows) Or when she was discussing her pain. It was a little too real for me. Honesty Alert: In the past I too dealt with depression and was medicated for it, and left the pills alone on my own. It’s not like I haven’t read books with depressed characters since then, but the way Liz described her haunting sadness was so shockingly spot on to how I would have described my past. I just didn’t want to re-feel that, even in empathy (or is it sympathy?) for her. (I would still pick up the book again moments later and keep reading though lol)
Mostly Eat Pray Love gave me some quality food for thought. Things I’ve been mulling over with the direction of my life, my values, my relationships with others, my relationship with my self, my approach to spirituality and my spiritual pursuits, my career pursuits all got some air time in my mind after reading a bit of her book. It also inspired me to get back to writing and take it a bit more seriously. My journal got some serious air time too while reading this book. I went from writing BS entries to deeper more meaningful bits with the passages from the book as my prompts.
OK, I’ve gone on long enough. This book is a gem for me, and I feel any woman over 25 would love it and have so much of it resonate with them. If you do read it, let me know how you like it.
Have you read Eat Pray Love? How’d you like it? Did you see the movie? How did it compare?