Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. Now I picked up reading this just after a dose of ‘heavy on the head’ novels. It fit my needs perfectly. Easy, lucid, and well-paced, it is a very good book for say, a train journey. The latent theme of self-doubt after divorce has been done a million times to death, but the spice is kept alive by the descriptive accounts of her travels.
Another fine thing about the book is that the three countries she travels to, are so far apart in terms of cultures and people that it makes for a good read. On the downside, if one is looking for a well-knit, taut storyline, then I’d tell them to look elsewhere. Because at times, the book takes on the shape of ramblings of a depressed woman, she goes on and on about the failure of her marriage.
The hype surrounding the book was immense, so it is unfair to say that the book didn’t live up to expectations. Rather, I’d say it was a little over-hyped. But then, the movie (based on the book) stars Julia Roberts, so I guess mega publicity is only natural.
Quote: One thing I do know about intimacy is that there are certain natural laws which govern the sexual experience of two people, and that these laws cannot be budged any more than gravity can be negotiated with. To feel physically comfortable with someone else’s body is not a decision you can make. It has very little to do with how two people think or act or talk or even look. The mysterious magnet is either there, buried somewhere deep behind the sternum, or it is not. When it isn’t there (as I have learned in the past, with heartbreaking clarity) you can no more force it to exist than a surgeon can force a patient’s body to accept a kidney from the wrong donor. My friend Annie says it all comes down to one simple question: “Do you want your belly pressed against this person’s belly forever –or not?”