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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Jan 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: inner-beach, chocolate
Recommended to Kit by: Laurie, Sarah
Read in March, 2008

I read this while on vacation (at the beach), and this context probably helped me enjoy the book more than I might have in 'real life.' (Different expectations for books at the beach!) Gilbert has a tendency toward a 'clever' voice (if you aren't the kind of reader who hears when she reads, I suspect that sometimes it would be hard to parse some of the thought processes when she slips into that voice -- or maybe it would just be a less irritating read!) that was a little off-putting to me, but all in all I liked the book. She's honest about her struggles with depression (albeit preachy re prozac) and likable in her enthusiasms. She (the Liz she shows us, anyway) is not someone I can imagine having as a close friend, but maybe she's not quite so self-absorbed as she comes across here?

I learned where "ciao" comes from, that Dante is the root of the modern Italian language, that Balinese believe we are accompanied in life by 4 'brothers' (strength, friendship, poetry, and ...? oops!), that meditating on the fact that our bodies are earth and sky and water and fire and wind can bring a kind of peace, etc. The India section dragged on too long. Maybe that's true to her metaphor of the prayer beads and mid-meditation drags on "too long," too.....

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