This book has been on my TBR list for the longest time. After watching the movie and reading the book as usual the book gets my vote.
STUFF OF THE BACKCOVER SAYS
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 bitter 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, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, and an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.
PLOT IN SHORT
After years of having it all, Liz finds she’s had enough of the same life and decides to shake things up with a divorce, followed by a torrid love affair. To get away from it all, she decides to visit the three I’s – Italy as she always loved the language , India to meet her guru and live in an ashram , and finally Indonesia to find balance and love. After spending 4 months in each country exploring very little she finally finds herself.
- Very interesting read with short chapters
- Can be read as a travelogue too
- A few of the things may come across as make believe for a lot of people
- I personally wanted more of India through her eyes outside the ashram and found the Indian leg of the book to be very boring
- Many people will find it unrelatable
I am aware that a lot of people found this book to be sort of a memoir of a privileged woman dealing with her first world problem. I however found this book to be quite enjoyable. The author is a good narrator. In spite of all its flaws if you look at it from a travelogue point of view it might be a good read for you too.