June 29, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Yeah…I don’t know what happened, I remember enjoying this book a lot more the first time that I read it. Granted, I was also going through a harder time the first time I read it, so that may have been why.
Eat, Pray, Love is a partial autobiography of Elizabeth Gilbert, a woman who thought she had everything she ever wanted in her life: a loving husband, a house in the suburb, a wonderful career. But as we start out on her journey of discovery, we see that she is deeply unhappy. And she isn’t sure as to why she is unhappy, she has all that she wants, right? Maybe not. For her, her life doesn’t feel fulfilled. Nothing is going well, she feels her marriage is a sham, her career unfilling, and everything else just isn’t going right in her life. She spirals into a deep depression and seeks to escape her life.
In doing so, she travels to three different places in the world to focus and entertain thoughts on how to find herself. She gets rid of her life as it is right now, has sold her furniture, and goes off to three different countries: Italy for pleasure, India for spirituality, and Bali for…balance(?).
Okay, honest opinion, here (granted, all of my opinions are honest, this is my blog). But I remember connecting to the author and her journey so much more the first time I read this book. I also read this book when I was going through a harder time in my life. Things weren’t looking their best and I wasn’t feeling my best either. Reading about travel and her descriptions of the places she went to helped me forget my own problems for a short time.
Now, though? I didn’t enjoy reading this book as much. Her writing seemed almost phony and fake like she was just writing to write. Yes, it is about her and her life, but when it comes to travel memoirs/autobiographies, I would think you would delve more into how you’re changing, and what is influencing you. And yes, she does do this, but it just doesn’t seem to click anymore.
Overall, I would say if you enjoy travel writing, you’ll enjoy this book. But if you’re here for Gilbert’s spiritual journey, you might want to find another book to read.
What books have rereading showed that they weren’t what you thought they were going to be? Comment below and let me know.