This is the story of a New Yorker who decided to shake her life after a devastating divorce and a severe depression, and made up her mind to dedicate a year spent to eat (in Italy), pray (in India) and love (in Indonesia). It’s a mixture between a normal diary and an extensive travelogue.
What I liked about this book: it feels like I was conversing with her sometimes, or reading her mind, knowing her fears and happiness. That’s why I liked the part she spent in Italy, just learning Italian (for the sake of learning Italian) and learning how to appreciate good food after a period of lost appetite due to the depression phase. She was doing a deep cleansing of herself in a way that not too many people would understand, but only her can appreciate. In this part she was brilliant in attracting the reader to grab a cup of coffee and just sit and read, it felt like a cosy girls’ talk night.
What I didn’t like about this book: perhaps it’s just me, but when I read too much about people doing ‘oriental’ meditation, I feel a glimpse of superficiality. That’s is not to say that I have anything against the idea of meditation or those performing it (there’s no deny that it’s soothing), , but sometimes I get the feeling that some spiritual seekers want to fill an emptiness inside themselves with what others say it’s fulfilling, and then go out and say “mmmmm, that was gooood”, period. I believe that those who actually feels that, don’t explicitly say that they feel it, they express it in other ways…
Final word, it’s an interesting book, a light read, may be interesting for girls wanting to have a chitchat, or for anyone interested in what an American woman was doing in Italy, India and Indonesia for a year.
For an excerpt of the book: http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahsbookclub/pastselections/eatpraylove_excerpt/1