Monday, June 9, 2008

Books: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

We just finished reading our book club selection for this month, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. We had seen this book on the shelves for a while, and had always considered picking it up, but it took our mother's book club as a catalyst before we could finally read it. It was much different than we thought, but we really liked the format, it made for a fun and quick read.

Elizabeth Gilbert, after undergoing a difficult a messy divorce, decides to strike out for a year and spend four months a piece in three different countries for three wildly different reasons (and all of them strangely start with the letter 'I'). First, she sets off to Italy, where she has learned some Italian for fun and is determined to learn pleasure. Second, she spends time in an Ashram (a monastery of sorts) in India to learn devotion. Lastly, she goes to Indonesia to learn love/balance/craziness (this was the least explained leg of her journey to us). We really like these ideas, but we didn't always love her as a character, and thus had a hard time with the book at some points.

Quick vote: Generally, we really liked this book. Though at times, we really didn't like the narrator/main character and we thought she was quite whiny.

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