So I started out really liking this book. Eat. Pray. Love. is a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert about her travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia, as she tries to heal and “find” herself spiritually.
The book starts off with Italy, which I loved. I could totally relate to her emotions and how she chose to deal with them, I could totally relate to her love of Italy. I haven’t had the pleasure of traveling there yet, but I really think if I ever believed in former lives, I would have been Italian (or Asian) in that life. First of all, I love food, and Italians have elegant, enticing comfort food down to a science 🙂 Secondly, Italians have a love and appreciation for all things aesthetically pleasing (as do Asians but just in a different way), and I LOVE that. They find beauty and strive for perfection in their architecture, their jewelry, their art, their food, their music, their clothes, etc, and there is a certain contentment, satisfaction and pleasure derived from that. I could see why she loved where she was, and the effects that such beauty and enjoyment had on her soul. I could put myself where she was and really see myself being completely content.
So far so good :). Then it gets weird. 🙂 The time she spends in India and Indonesia, it’s a little New Agey for me. Not to mention, it just sounds like she is trying too hard to be deep and spiritual and cool (the enlightened, privileged, white-girl “finding” herself in an Indian ashram). Italy seemed sincere, the rest – less so. Sort of had to push myself through the rest of the book. It was just a little too much. I appreciate her effort and desire to gain some spiritual insight, and I like that she exposes the fumbling and effort it takes to get there, because it is a journey, and certainly not an easy one. But the sections after Italy were just not as good, and came off a little preachy (I’m not even sure if that’s the best way to describe it), annoying, and a little too New Age for my liking. She just got less likable and relatable as the book progressed.
Anyway, Italy is worth reading :), but save your money and just borrow mine. I hear they are coming out with a movie about it…maybe it’ll be better 🙂