In English is the tittle above: Eat Pray Love. I read this book, by Elizabeth Gilbert, two weeks ago. Within 2 days, I have finished reading it. It is a story of a woman’s journey to the essence of a well balanced life, through Italy, India and Indonesia (Bali).
Here is a brief summary of the book: After a bitter divorce, the main character in this book travels to three countries mentioned above to find balanced in her life. In Italy (the Eat part of the book), she manages to practice Italiano and eats as many pizza, pasta, geletti and drinks espresso & cappuccino as possible. Gilbert’s description of the best Pizza she’d ever eaten in a simple pizzeria in Napoli hypnotizes me as if I was Sophie (her Swedish class mate in Italian class) who was sitting next to her. The appartment she rents in old Rome makes me want to visit the ancient city.
Somewhere in an Ashram in mainland India (the Pray part of the book) Gilbert forces herself to reach the ecstatic state of mind by learning the Gurugita (chants of Bhagavad Gita) during meditation sessions. Gurugita is a chant to give & surrender yourself to the universe so that she becomes one with Jagad Raya (Sanskrit for the Universe). Her time at this Ashram is destined as a time she is reborn as a human being.
Her last destination, Bali Indonesia (the Love part of the book) contributes her not only friends forever but also a mature lover who respects her just the way she is. She stays in Ubud, in the neighbourhood of Monkey Forest street. Her description about Ubud and Balinese customs is very vivant, lively.
Why do I like this book so much? Gilbert is succeeded in writing about her bitter divorce without sounding like a bitter woman. She is still a perfectionist, but a spiritual one who lets God and the universe show her the path she must take.
Me too, I love Italy (because of the ancient Rome, the culture, the design & cuisine), India (one of the four ancient world cultures, Hinduism, Yoga, Bhagavad Gita & the Ramayana and Mahabharata Epics) and of course I’ve been falling in love with Bali since forever (the place where I met my husband, being proposed &…..I’m fond of the artisans, culture, nature & customs). Yeah, when I read, I can’t help to identify myself with a character in the book sometimes. Reading Eat Pray Love causes me a joy of recognition through those 3 countries.