Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

Reading "Eat Pray Love", photo taken in Malapascua, Philippines 2011

One of the books I brought along with me to my trip in Asia was “Eat Pray Love” written by Elizabeth Gilbert. I had seen the movie (with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem) two years ago and I had been recommended to read the book because it was supposed to be much better than the movie.

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie or read the book, Eat Pray Love is about Liz, a woman who realize she is not happy in her marriage and decides to divorce, it turns out to be a very painful divorce and on the road she is having a destructive relationship with a guy she fells in love with. At a point she feel that she needs to go in a different direction, to find herself and that is when she takes off, first to Italy, then to India and last to Bali where she meet a Brazilian man whom she falls in love with.

The book was much better than the movie, it was much more detailed and contained many beautiful and wise quotes. But I was disapointed with the ending, everything she had been writing about earlier in her book felt so meaningless when the end of her trip in the search of herself is about falling in love with a man. What happened with the relation with herself? The goal with this travelling of her was to find herself and not someone to fall in love with? Maybe she could have excluded that part from this book and have it as a beginning in her next book?

I don’t think you need to travel the world to find love, you don’t need a guru, you don’t need to go to an ashram in India. I think we can be enlightened with love as soon as we are receptive in our minds and have an open heart. I do recommend the book, its definately worth reading even though I would have liked another ending.

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This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...

1 Comment

  • jenniferp1234
    23 February 2012 at 7:27

    I got divorced in Thailand four months ago and had been trying to find a destination to regroup and rediscover myself. I admit that I’m not a Julia Roberts or chick lit fan, so it took me a while to read the book and see the movie. I read the book first and then saw the movie and was sold on going to Bali. I have friends that have been there that didn’t enjoy it for various reasons while others think it’s an amazing place. I arrived there two months ago, and my first impression was that it was infested with hawkers, tourists, and litter. I later found beautiful, spiritual and secluded spots that put me at peace and helped me love myself again. You are totally right…we don’t need anything exotic or mystical to find love; loving ourselves and approaching love with an open heart is a great first step.

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