They say every book must have the right timing in your life for it to be the best read ever. And I believed this to be true after reading Eat Pray Love. This beauty of a novel by celebrated writer, Elizabeth Gilbert came to me at a time I was probably experiencing the same thing that she was when she wrote it (Okay that’s an exaggeration but you get what I mean). There is no other reason why I would relate to it so much. Her language is honest, her message is kind and her tone is encouraging. And in the midst of all her grief and confusion, Gilbert manages to turn you into her closest friend, confiding in you with the minutest details of her thoughts.
Moving away from the very personal POV, While very few of us are as lucky to get to travel when life leaves us in the dumps, Gilbert painfully but so effortlessly describes her journey not only from country to country but from grief and sorrow to wholeness and salvation. From the nitty gritty of staying in an ashram in India and stomaching the delightful flavors of Italy. From meeting the most memorable people along the way and falling in love with food, men and finally self.
The book teaches life lessons with a dash of reality, telling it just the way a storyteller would, in all beauty, tragedy, and humor. It tackles a spiritual, emotional and existential crisis along the way too. I can’t say this book is one of the best out there in this segment of a damsel in distress. It is a very relatable story to the powerful, successful women of today. Those who sometimes lose their balance in the midst of life. And because of that, it becomes one of the few books that I will recall no matter how many ever I read.
Bingewagon Rating- 3.5/5
Want to know more about Elizabeth Gilbert, have a look at her website
An avid binge-reader and an occasional binge-watcher, Marilyn D'Cruz is a copywriter by profession but a storyteller by heart.
June 08, 2018