Sunday, June 1, 2008

eat, pray, love

My father recommended this book to me while he was reading it. We always share with each other what we are reading, and we talk two or three times each week, so lots of titles are mentioned over the course of time. But he mentioned it twice more in later conversations. I figured if he mentioned it three times, it must be good! So when I got to the airport on Friday, I bought a copy. Here is the blurb on the back cover:

"In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want - husband, country home, successful career - but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence."

I am still in the first section - Italy. But I am hooked - completely and totally. So, I echo my father and tell you that you must find and read this book. It is a delightful read!

2 comments:

The Calico Quilter said...

I found the book entertaining to the end, although by the time she got to the ashram in India, it was a little hard slogging through the "new age" philosophy (at least for me). It wasn't a book that I kept. It went on the library donation pile, although I can't imagine it being in heavy borrowing rotation here in the Bible Belt southeast. It probably ended up on their yearly fundraising sale table (where I have spotted more than one of my books. I don't exactly live in an area where eclectic taste is appreciated).

OyaSophia said...

I'm in the India section now. I see what you mean. But there is a small part of me that wonders if I chose to meditate, would I have an experience anything like those described?