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Eat. Pray. Love.

Eat. Pray. Love.

 

 

     Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, “Eat. Pray. Love.” is a book that will make you see the world in a whole new way. Elizabeth ("Liz") is a married woman who discovers years into her marriage that she doesn’t want to be married anymore and her husband isn’t too thrilled about it. She struggles for months with her divorce, dealing with not only her lawyer and her ex-husband, but now also with her depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

     Liz decides that she wants to travel to Italy, India, and Indonesia. Upon arriving in Italy, she loves it. She describes how she’s always loved the language and begins taking classes to further her knowledge on it. She bonds with a few people and is soon included in a group of friends with whom she spends her time in Italy exploring and appreciating the culture (including the food which is clearly the best part). This is for 4 months.

 

     Next, she ventures off to India where she moves away from a socializing lifestyle and into a life of solitude and meditation. Liz spends hours upon hours silently meditating, addressing, and “forgiving” each part of her mind: her angers, regrets, disappointments, joys, everything. She places each thing into her heart without worrying, because now there’s nothing to be afraid of. This she does for 3 months.

 

     After her spiritual journey in India, Liz heads to Indonesia to finish her year of traveling. There, she visits a medicine man she met 2 years earlier, watching him spend whole days healing families and relatives. In addition, Liz meets a medicine woman with three children, and is able to help her buy a house by asking all her family and friends in the States, as well as friends all over the world to donate money.

 

     While out at a party Liz meets a man, Felipe, and the two (after a few dates) fall in love. They both realized that neither was prepared to permanently leave their home to live with the other, and Felipe had children from his previous marriage living all over the world. Thankfully, for those of us who fell in love with their relationship, they decided to compromise and balance life together between all the countries applicable. Elizabeth Gilbert really brings everything to “Eat. Pray. Love.”, keeping it relatable, and bringing you on a roller coaster of emotions, and it will always be a top book on my list. 

 

 

 

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