As a keen traveller myself, when I heard about Eat, Pray, Love and how it depicted one woman’s journey through Italy, India and Bali I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. My step-sister first told me about it in the summer of 2010 and it was one of those books that all of a sudden EVERYONE was reading; on the tube, in the park, in Starbucks; it seemed I couldn’t leave the house without seeing a copy.
Written by Elizabeth Gilbert, an American writer who, aged 32 suffers something of a mid-life crises, the memoir follows her post-divorce search for food, spirituality and balance that spans two continents.
Thus she travels to Italy to indulge in the pleasure of eating, India to explore the power of prayer and Bali, where searching for a balance of pleasure and spirituality, she found love.
Eat, Pray, Love is an easy and intimate read; one which illustrates the hedonistic highs and the overwhelming lows one is susceptible to when traveling.
Her writings style is both humourous and evocative; having been to India myself, I was impressed by her depiction of a country I found so hard to put into words; her tales in Italy had my mouth-watering and the tranquility of Bali was tangible.
Eat, Pray, Love is one of the best kind of books – it is both entertaining and informative and it whets your appetite for faraway lands and adventures yet to come.