Book Club Read April ’17 – Eat, Pray, Love

Welcome to this month’s book review on In this blog post, we will be looking at the 2006 book entitled Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. Below, you will a brief overview of the book and then a further explanation of the story and some comments from our book club members.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India – An Overview

Eat, Pray, Love was written by Elizabeth Gilbert and published in 2006 (the film version starring Julie Walters was released four years later in 2010).

A New York Times Bestseller for 187 weeks, the book is in the form of a personal memoir of the author that follows her around-the-world trip that she took after her divorce.

Up until the age of 30, Gilbert had worked as a successful journalist and short story writer. But after the life-changing event of her divorce left her in a deep depression, Gilbert turned to travel as a means of revitalizing her energy and motivation.

Her plan for the year of travel was split into three equal parts: Eat (four months in Rome giving into guilty pleasures such as food and wine), Pray (four months in India where much of the time she spent at a temple exploring her spirituality) and finally Love (the rest of the time in romantic Indonesia).

Our book club, on the whole, found Eat, Pray, Love to be an enjoyable read. However, certain parts of Gilbert’s three-stage journey around the world appealed more to certain people.

For example, some readers found her time spent in an Indian temple particularly inspirational and enlightening, with the author detailing her own struggles with meditation, prayer and life getting by in a developing country.

While the story is at times quite far-fetched, it also seems to be quite relatable too – following the pursuit of ‘balance’ of a single woman after a stressful divorce. And while most were not inspired to follow the same path as the author, most could agree the themes explored of wonder, indulgence, religion and love were all played out well.

About the author

Born in 1969, Elizabeth Gilbert is an American journalist and writer. Eat, Pray, Love, her most notable work to date, has spent a total of 187 weeks as a New York Times Bestseller. Her other books include Pilgrims (1997), a collection of short stories which received the Pushcart Prize, Stern Men (2000), which was chosen by the New York Times as one of their “Notable Books” and The Last American Man (2000), which received a nomination for National Book Award in the Non-Fiction category.

Next month on Ava Books, we take a look at another book which was later adapted into a movie, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

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