Eat Pray Love Essay

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Reading Creative Nonfiction Autumn, 2012

Eat, pray, love—let’s cross over and start a journey of self-inquiry, self-discovery and self-fulfillment

Eat, Pray, Love

By Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin Books
2006
334 pp

What does it take for a downhearted woman to walk out of the haze and start a brand new life? Elizabeth Gilbert provides us with quite an enthralling solution—that is through the true pleasure of nourishment by eating, the power of prayers in ashrams, and the inner peace and balance from true love. Eat, pray, love is the interior record of Elizabeth Gilbert’s spiritual gap year as she traveled through Italy, India and Indonesia to recover from her exhausting struggle out of an excruciating marriage and a clueless
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As for Richard from Texas who acted as a mentor for Liz and guided her out of her innate neuroticism and “control issues” (151), Gilbert’s lively language descriptions deeply engrave the image of the warm-hearted and self-actualized middle-aged man with inspiring yet surprisingly down-to-earth philosophy of life on readers’ mind. When “Groceries” (the nickname Richard gave Liz) was mourning over her break-up with David, again, Richard cut her off her meaningless obsession, “See, now that’s your problem. You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.” (150) Gilbert’s longing for David is so deep that she has lost her backbone for support, alignment and balance. Richard’s advice to Gilbert should serve as a wake-up call to all of us to pick up the courage to live our life’s truth instead of counting on our wishbone and being spun around in a never-ending state of suffering. It’s our backbone that leads us to self-independence and supreme freedom. It’s through embodying the truth that our life is fulfilled.

Gilbert also elaborately arranges the plots to help demonstrate her incredibly growth into a transformed, a lighter and an enlightened woman in this very unusual spiritual pilgrimage. During her search for pleasure in Italy, Gilbert discovered her “favorite thing to say in all of Italian” (71) — attraversiamo, which means “let’s cross over”, as “it’s the perfect combination of Italian

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