Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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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 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, devotio...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published March 5th 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 2000)
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MelissaS
WHY? I cringe to think why so many women want to feel that this was a true spiritual journey. It was a pre-paid journey. The woman starts off with telling us over and over about how painful her divorce was, however she dismisses how it ever came to be that way. Leaving her audience only to guess it was so horrible she had to leave and find herself.
When asked in an interview if dumping her husband and pushing off wasn’t selfish, here is what Ms. Gilbert had to say:
"What is it about the American...more
Fiona
Eat Pray Love is the monologue of a Neurotic American Princess ("Liz") in her mid thirties. The first few chapters background the rest of the book, a confessional that tells how she came to find her 8 year marriage distasteful, realised she wasn't keen on the next 'logical' step which is apparently to fill her expansive apartment with children, and plunges into an impotent depression. Without even getting drunk!

One night, whilst bawling on the bathroom floor, a habit she has grown fond of, she i...more
Michalyn
Wow, this book took me on a roller-coaster ride. I couldn't decide if I loved it or hated it and it seemed like every few pages I'd go from thinking Gilbert was delightfully witty to thinking this was the most horribly self-absorbed person to ever set foot on the earth.

In the end the overall effect was rather like sitting at a party listening to someone tell a long involved story all about themselves, and you're alternately annoyed and fascinated and you want to get up and leave but she's just...more
Maria
Don't bother with this book.


It took me nearly a year to finish it. I was so disgusted by the writer's apparent lack of awareness of her own privilege, her trite observations, and the unbelievably shallow way in which she represents a journey initiated by grief, that I initially couldn't bear to read beyond Italy. Like others who have written here, I made myself pick the book up again because so many people have raved about it, and I made myself finish it, hoping all the while there would be some...more
Cat
I am embarrassed to read this book in public.
The title and the flowery, pasta-y cover screams, "I'm a book that contains the relentless rants of a neurotic 34 year-old-woman."
So, I'm afraid that the strangers on the Metro will think I identify with her.
But in the comfort of my own bed, I am totally falling for this memoir. Yes, Gilbert is emotionally self-indulgent (are we supposed to feel bad that she lost both houses in the divorce?), annoying (she's just tickled when she gains 23 pounds afte...more
Simone Ramone
I found this book unbelievably phoney and suggest that it be subtitled, "ME ME ME ME ME ME ME - how the hell did I find enlightenment with my head stuck so far up my arse, aren't I amazing, can we please talk about ME some more?"

I hated this so much that I got up early this morning to finish it and gave my copy to the library and honestly, I'm not too proud of that.
Almost all of it felt so insincere that there's no chance I would have made it past the second chapter had it not been for book club...more
Tonya
Ok, I admit I still have about 30 pages to go, which I will get around to reading soon (need a break from the book though) and which I highly doubt will prompt me to change my 2-star rating. I know many people love this book for what I consider personal reasons, therefore I tread lightly so as to not come off as critical of people's personal opinions, rather, just the book itself.

First, I found the author not-so-likable. I've read other readers' reviews in which she was described as 'so funny'...more
Amy Kieffer
This was one of those books I will read over and over again. All those cynics out there who criticize Gilbert for writing a "too cutesy" memoir that seems beyond belief and who claim that she is selfish for leaving her responsibility are clearly missing the point. First, she did not write the book to inspire you. She wrote it as her own memoir--you can agree or disagree with how she went about her "enlightenment," but you cannot judge her for how she found happiness. It is her memoir, not yours....more
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Shallow, self-indulgent and mired in the sort of liberal American obsession with "oriental" exoticism that is uniquely offensive because it is treated as enobling by its purveyors. She treats the rest of the world as though it exists for the consumption of jaded, rich, white Americans and this book is a monument to that sort of arrogance and ignorance.

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Sep 22, 2007 (0v0) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: white bourgeois american female malcontents
What I'm about to say must be wrong, because I couldn't get through this book. I tried. And I failed. So: I have NO BUSINESS WRITING THIS. Don't read it.

A cousin recommended EPL and I thought it would teach me something about the book market. My secret boyfriend at the public library was horrified I checked it out, given his ACLU-offensive intimacy with my record and tastes; and yes, like others, I was embarrassed to have EPL in my possession.

Because:

What IS this MOVEMENT of lily-white bourgeois...more
Terry
Gilbert points out that each country she visits begins with "I", so her journey is really a journey to the self, blah blah blah. But the whiff of narcissism in the "I I I" pattern is no whiff. It's a hurricane. Who brings copies of her OWN BOOKS to her psychiatrist, 'cause she wants him to HELP her, but not ruin her book-writing ability, 'cause, you know, she's special that way? Oh, well... I hope no one hates me for reading an Oprah-endorsed book. I had reservations about this book before I eve...more
Kira
So today I was watching TLC's My Strange Addiction, featuring a woman who had an addiction to using baby wipes. She used up to 500 of them a day, and that adds up to about 4,500,000 wipes since her addiction began.

The woman, Rhia, would use the wipes to clean herself because she had a learned fear of the shower. This stemmed from her being horribly abused in her youth, wherein the terrible things that were done to her were preceded by and ended with a shower. This debilitating situation that thi...more
Holly
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Denise
Jul 15, 2010 Denise rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants my copy
I just kept thinking wahhhhhh the whole time. Poor woman wants out of her marriage so she leaves.... wahhhh. Poor woman is depressed so she whines wahhhhh. Life is so unfair for the poor woman wahhhh.

Please, poor woman is completely lost so what does she do? Why she takes a year off and travels to Italy, India & Indonesia to try and find herself. I wish I could say that this was fiction but it isn't. She's lost! Join the club but at least you have the money and the lack of responsibility to...more
Holly
Ok. I really didn't READ it all. I couldn't. I just couldn't get past how self centered and whiny this woman was. I just wanted to scream GET OVER YOURSELF! Then I quit reading it and now I feel much better.
Zinta
I waited, and waited, in ever such impatient patience, until the duct-taped box from my daughter arrived. It was one box among many, but this particular box, she had promised, would have within it her very best and most loved books, and among those -- Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" that I had been longing to read. All of these boxes were arriving at my door because my daughter was taking wing on a journey like none before, and she is, for her 26 years, well traveled even when measured aga...more
أثير عبد الله النشمي
واو !
أعظم الكُتب هي تلك التي تُغير حياتك ..
هذا الكتاب , قادر على تغييرِ حياتي بلا أدنى شك ..
كتاب عظيم ... عظيم جداً ..
Jen
Wow. I just gave Eat, Pray, Love a tearful send-off. And now I will relate to you the reasons why.

The book has helped me come to terms with the fact that this whole divorce healing process is taking so long, longer than any of my friends expected I think, and that it's not over. But even so, it's OK. I can still live my life and do new things and make new friends and still work through it. I'm not cheating anyone by giving them what I've got right now, as opposed to the miracle woman that I thin...more
Ann
Reading the title and the premise of this book will mislead you greatly as to what you are going to find inside.
This book is not uplifting or spiritual in any way. Elizabeth Gilbert is going through life unaffected by anything except her own whims. She is so selfish and self congratulating, trying to disguise it as self depreciating and humble. Her writing style isn't so bad, it's the content. She continuously looks out at the world and how it is affecting her, not accepting responsibility for c...more
Ginny Messina
Elizabeth Gilbert is a really good writer but I still had to absolutely slog through to the end of her annoying book. I did so with the faint hope that maybe there would be some last minute clue about all the hype —or that maybe Gilbert would finally wake up one morning and say “Hey, maybe it’s not all about me!”

No such luck. Her perspective is shallow, completely self-absorbed and lacking in empathy. The spiritual part of her quest never translates to any feelings of compassion or altruism. Gi...more
Cam S
Jan 31, 2014 Cam S rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a prevailing wanderlust or a penchant for a smarter chick read
I had a very love/give-me-a-break relationship with this book, so I had to give it a week or so before writing a review to let it settle. I began the book on an optimistic note, then quickly became annoyed with the long, rambling chapters justifying the author's use of the word "God" and how OTHER words for "God" are neither better nor worse, more nor less accurate, than "God" but this author feels a connection with the word "God" so she's going to use it here but REALLY, there are LOTS of ways...more
Angie
"Oh, you spent a year in India? Well, have you read that book Eat, Pray, Love? She was in India, too! You'd love it!"

If I can forgive Elizabeth Gilbert for being paid upfront to undertake a journey of "self-discovery" (and I can--sign me up for "Clueless in Calcutta"!), then certainly, she can forgive me for only reading this because I felt obligated to do so. (And for "riding her coattails" in this review, so to speak.)

Her style is pretty easy to get into, although I was completely fed up with...more
Odai Alsaeed
أداء رائع جبار وسيرة ذاتية ضمن سياق روائي مذهل..المشكلة في تقييمي لأمر ما هو دائما ما يكون تحت الضغط الذي تسوقه العواطف لكن ما وجدته في هذا الكتاب يسمو أيضا عن جبر خاطر العاطفة .....إن رحلة البحث عن الذات وايثار حياة الاستقرار لإعادة استكشاف الروح هو محتوي هذه القطعة الابداعية أما الماهية فكانت من خلال العنوان ( طعام،صلاة،حب).فالطعام مقرون باللذة والروحانية هي سمو النفس من خلال الصلاة والحب مصدره العاطفة لذا كان السفر الي ايطاليا فالهند عقبتها رحله اندونيسيا ...........أذهلني الكتاب وراقلي ما قر...more
Dini
Apr 07, 2008 Dini rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dini by: Books I Want To Talk About group
Shelves: nonfiction, lendable
When I first heard the premise of Eat, Pray, Love — a woman's journey after a series of personal hardships to find peace and happiness across three countries — I thought it was going to be a solemn retelling of the pilgrimage-like voyage in the likes of Paulo Coelho. Of course I was wrong.

Elizabeth Gilbert tells an honest story (which starts with the quote "Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth") of her emotional and psychological breakdown after a harrowing divorce and a whirlwind rom...more
Elizabeth
First, understand that I went into this book already hating it. I read the last third of it in grad school and wrote a paper that used it as a source. The summary version:

As recently as 50-100 years ago, men were writing about going to foreign countries and striking up affairs with exotic women. Now, it is Western women who seem to be doing the same. And they do it in a surprisingly unimaginative fashion. Think about it:

1997: How Stella Got Her Groove Back, by Terry McMillan: A divorcee swears...more
K.D. Absolutely
A total disappointment. It is like coming back from a long vacation - say, Christmas break - and your single, travel-crazy, moneyed, humbug lady officemate starts to blubber about how she spent her holidays. It is good if that lady officemate is your friend and who from time to time listens to your stories even if you don't share the same interest as you don't have the money to travel to exotic places like Italy, India and Indonesia.

I have not Googled Gilbert yet. I am not sure how she looks lik...more
Debbie Petersen
Aug 01, 2008 Debbie Petersen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Agey types
I can't understand the popularity of this one. The author is a self-absorbed poseur, as in this definition--
"one who affects some behaviour, style, attitude or other condition, often to impress or influence others."

She spends a little time as a wife, gets bored, gets a divorce, spends a month in Italy speaking Italian to locals and eating Italian food, goes to India to stay at an Ashram run by a "guru" who is probably laughing at these fools all the way to the bank, as they pay to live there and...more
Lina
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Mashael Alamri
ليست المرة الأولى التي ينبغي علي أن أقول أنني أحببت الكتاب أكثر بكثير من الفلم و أنني استمتع بتذوق تفاصيل الأشكال والمشاعر و الرائحة و حتى الطعم من خلال القراءة أكثر من المشاهدة , حينما نؤمن من الداخل اليقين الذي يعطينا إياه هذا الإيمان كفيل بخلق سعادة وسلام داخلي يستطيع مواجهة الحياة وتفاصيلها حتى تلك المشوهة , رحلة الغياب عن الحياة والعودة إليها مرةً أخرى التي سردتها إليزابيث " بصدق " لا نستطيع تجاهله تمس كل أنثى ربما غابت قليلاً أو طويلاً ثم عادة بطريقتها الخاصة التي تختلف بالأدوات لكنها تؤدي...more
J.
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I finally read this after people kept telling me how great a book it was... it isn't. What I read was a travelogue of a narcissist who knowingly destroys her marriage (while blaming her husband for not being enough for her, and yet struggles to forgive HIM for being angry at her for what SHE did). She isn't on a "spiritual journey to find herself", she is a self-indulgent divorcee with nothing better to do than go to Italy and eat pasta (as if filli...more
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Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. Her 2002 book The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award.

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