Back Cover: 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 set 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 worldy enjoyment and divine transendence.
AWESOME book. Now this stuff is deep, the way she has with words. How she describes the feelings she gets, especially when she's in India. It's amazing. And also makes me realize look at how my education helps me when I'm even reading for pleasure, because she was talking about some things I understood from my ethics and diversity class last year. I love it! But it was just so great to hear about someone whose life actually isn't fulfilled even with the typical or normal American dream, because not everyone is like that or wants that. It's especially hard to decide what you want with so much pressure, but she went to reinvent herself and it worked. Italy sounded gorgeous just eating all that food all day, although some dishes sounds kinda weird, lol. And India was for focus and that's intense, to think of just sitting there and trying not to think of anything, and how long that would take for you to achieve it. And finally in Indonesia she finds a new little family and also her lover, who is now her husband, Felipe. And that shows how your soulmate can be anywhere, but that doesn't mean you'll find him/her, but they found each other, and in a place she didn't even think she would find anyone. Stuff happens. And when it does you have to be strong and to cope with things and to be positive. this book shows that, and how sometimes loneliness and depression can be a part of everyone's life, but don't let it bring you all the way down. Super good book. And I love how each word in the title is made. It's pretty, especially the love.