Sunday, August 24, 2008

Eat Pray Love: A Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, Eat, Pray, Love has gotten many thumbs ups across the globe. I've just finished the book and I personally have enjoyed it immensely (although there are folks who beg to differ). There's just something about the way she carries herself that makes me want to be her friend (mostly by setting her straight half the time...).

Instead of describing the entire book and the parts I liked/disliked, I figure I'd just list some of the most memorable quotes spoken since there was a lot of wisdom hidden in the pages...

"Richard from Texas" describes soul mates:"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master..."

"You don't want to go cherry-picking a religion," a friend of mine once said. "Which is a sentiment I completely respect expect for the fact that I totally disagree. I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. I think you are free to search for any metaphor whatsoever which will take you across the worldly divide whenever you need to be transported or comforted... You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light."

"Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit."

"You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight."

"There's no trouble in this world so serious that it can't be cured with a hot bath, a glass of whiskey, and the Book of Common Prayer."

And my personal fave: You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.

Great summer read. I highly recommend it!

6 comments:

Sarah said...

This will be my next read after 'Love is a Mix Tape'!

*Bri* said...

Hey Lauren,

I've been reading your blog after finding it on Withers' site and I enjoy your posts. I had to comment on this because I too LOVED Eat, Pray, Love. I found it ironic that you pulled out the soulmate quote from Richard because overall, I found that idea to be so interesting. I read it aloud to a friend and we pondered it, re-read it, and discussed it. We both felt it to be an extremely interest theory or opinion on soulmates. Glad you enjoyed it as well :)

Bri

Estrella10 said...

I just bought this book and am about to start reading it! If you liked it, I know I definitely will, too :)

*Bri* said...

You can read my blog, but I tell you, it's not nearly as positive, interesting, or well written as yours. Consider mine some escape from yours, I guess. :)

randommsugirl said...

Love this book, reading it makes me want to go on my own journey to self enlightenment! The bit about soulmates is striking, but more so, it is a reminder that anyone you might meet, anywhere in the world, could be a source of infinite wisdom.

metrogal84 said...

@sarah - Yes, book sharing rocks! (or, you can go to the library! ;)

@bri - thanks for the kind words! I look forward to reading your blog as well!

@estrella10 - Yes, you will like it!

@randommsugirl - Perfect way to put it -- that's what this book is all about. And you used our fave word - infinite!