At first I did like this story cause to tell the truth who wouldn't like to have the luxury of exploring beauty in other countries and learning new cultures. But after some time I realized how impossible and wrong it would be for anyone to just be so self-indulgent. I find myself wondering how Gilbert could be so miserable? She had a healthy childhood, was well educated had nothing stifling her except maybe the fact she wanted freedom from marriage so she could be commitment free for self exploration. These type of people just shouldn't marry that was her mistake. I get her but I don't agree with her path. I'm just happy someone like this has no children so she wouldn't abandon them on a whim because she felt children were to hard to raise and took her freedom from her.