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 sets 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.
3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is divided into three parts. Her fist stop is in Italy. After she tells you the reasons she went on this year-long journey you meet many interesting people in Italy. Just reading about all the things she ate made me really want to go there. Her next stop was in India, where she practiced a lot of meditation and yoga. Actually sounded really relaxing and calming there. Last place she visited was the island of Bali in Indonesia. This is where she met a medicine man in a previous journey there and he’s the one that told her she would come back to study with him. This last part was the most interesting to me. She meets the Medicine Man, a Healer Woman and a Brazilian hottie. I like that at the very end she gives us a little update on what happened. I felt at times this book dragged a lot and gave me too much history of places and backgrounds on people. Overall interesting book.
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