Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eat pray love - Elizabeth Gilbert

Nice read overall.

Tended to get a little self-indulgent, but considering the sort of book it is, its a wonder that it doesn't get more self indulgent. It drags in places, but somehow bits of it pull through with its bits of humour and insight, and for me the overall affect was nice.

The author takes a timeout of an year travelling after her messy divorce, and this book is a recounting of her time off. Not a travelogue of the geographic places , but one of her mind, as she journeys thought Italy where she eats, India where she prays and Indonesia where she finds love.

I think its also about a mindset, if you've been depressed and lonely in your life, sometimes for no good reason, perhaps its easier to read this account. If you've sometimes wished you could just run away somewhere, and just eat, pray love, then perhaps its easier to read this book. On the other hand, there are many people who prefer a hands on problem solving approach, and dismiss off shadowy thoughts of unhappiness, they'd find this a drag. If you've never felt the urge to just take a time out from daily life, maybe this will seem strange.

But for me it was worth a read.

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