The Bottom Line
- Short, easy to read chapters
- Humor and analysis throughout keep the book light, but thoughtful
- Gilbert shares where to find the best pizza in the world!
- The section on Indonesia seems to lose direction and drag
- When Gilbert presents personal discoveries as universal truths, the tone is a little annoying
- Publisher: Penguin
- Published: February 2006
- 352 pages
Guide Review - 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert - Book Review
I like how Elizabeth Gilbert organized Eat, Pray, Love into 108 short chapters. She is good at writing little stories, giving us glimpses of her one year journey to Italy, India and Indonesia through two to five page anecdotes. This style keeps the book from degenerating into long self-analysis and makes it very easy to read.
Each section of Eat, Pray, Love claims to highlight one of Gilbert's pursuits: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and balance in Indonesia. Although the India section particularly focuses on Gilbert's pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, the whole book could easily be labeled a spiritual memoir. I knew from the start that I would probably disagree with some of Gilbert's spiritual conclusions; however, she writes her story with such sincerity and humor that I still found it a very enjoyable read.
That being said, I've read reviews and seen women on TV who follow Gilbert as if she's their Guru and treat Eat, Pray, Love almost as if it is a holy book. While I thought Eat, Pray, Love was a good read, I also thought Gilbert's "insights" were often simplistic and would not recommend this book to those looking for self-help. It's a good choice to throw in your beach bag, but don't expect it to change your life.