Eat, Pray, Love: The Movie!

Released in the USA on the 13th August 2010 and here in the UK soon after, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ stars Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert. It is interesting, but not surprising that Julia Roberts has been selected for the role as according to the back cover of the book she says ‘It’s what I’m giving all my girl friends’.

I have to say, when reading (and loving) the book; I was picturing someone like Toni Collette in the role but am intrigued to see how Julia Roberts plays it.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the film but am slightly apprehensive because I loved the book…fingers crossed!

Here is the trailer, looks quite good to me!

The Final Chapter and the 109th Bead…

So, I’ve finished ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and genuinely enjoyed it all the way through. There were some occasions where the spirituality and religious terminology threw me off a bit, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment…it simply encouraged me to re-read any confusing bits or google them.

It is a book that describes one woman’s journey, whilst simultaneously taking the reader on a journey through different countries, cultures and emotions.

I would recommend this book for holidays, lazy days and really any days that you want to spend on a whirlwind adventure across the world. Knowing that the structure of the book reflects the japa mala beads means that through all the tears and troubles, we subconciously know that there will be a 109th bead, a happy ending, a release; which is inspiring and carries us through any hardships in our own lives in a more hopeful way.

‘Attraversiamo’

I’ve now finished the first section of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ which depicts Liz’s time in Italy. I can honestly say, I am really enjoying the pure, unadulterated honesty of Gilbert’s writing! Her experiences are so relatable, perhaps not on exactly the same levels, but most people have experienced heartbreak, loneliness and depression and Gilbert doesn’t mince her words to make them less hurtful, which I’ve always found more refreshing in a writer.

The book, as she explains in the preface, is split into 108 small chapters to echo the japa mala which are the strings of beads that devout Hindus and Buddhists use to help them stay focused.

It is clear from the outset what Elizabeth wanted to achieve by travelling to the three countries and throughout, as we work our way through the 108 chapters; we soon become aware that however difficult this time was for her, all her experiences are leading up to that 109th bead. Every japa mala has this extra bead and apparently, in meditation when your fingers reach this final bead…you are meant to pause and thank your teachers.

From this introduction, I already felt like I was becoming more cultured! It also gave me an intriguing idea as to her mindset when she started this journey, and a smudge of hope that as the book progresses, she finds what she is looking for.
As I mentioned, I’ve only read what I now realise is the ‘Eat’ section…and her descriptions of Italy, the food, the culture have given me such a strange desire. I’ve always been keen to learn Italian and to travel the world and Gilbert’s beautiful depictions of the country and the language has confirmed my passion.

After the first section, I feel that ‘One Woman’s Search for Everything’ (as written on the title page) is undeniably honest, but also it can be turned around…in some way, this journey is ‘Every Woman’s Search for…something’.

Granted,  it doesn’t have the same ring to it…but it’s becoming more and more clear why ‘Eat, Pray, Love has been passed from woman to woman like the secret of life’.

p.s Attraversiamo means ‘Let’s cross over’… like Liz, I just liked it!

Eat, Pray, Love

So, after three years of studying English…reading hundreds of books for consumption, I finally went into Waterstones and bought 3 random books that I actually wanted to read! Now, this is not to say that I didn’t want to read or enjoy reading any of the books from the curriculum…but when you know you have to read about 4 different books from completely different genres every week to a deadline, it does tend to take some of the fun out of reading.

Anyway, I spent ages wandering around Waterstones trying to find three random books that interested me and ended up with…

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

…and for spending over £10 I got On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (for about £4…)

At the moment, I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love and already am feeling both thrilled to be reading for pleasure again, and utterly inspired! I’m only a quarter of the way through but find myself completely drawn in!

An introduction to the story, for those who haven’t read it yet…Liz is thirty-something, married and desperately unhappy. After finally making the decision to leave her husband, he makes the divorce extremely bittter and difficult for her, this perhaps being the reason for her fling with David. She soon embarks on a life and faith altering journey and although I haven’t read much further than this…already I’m engrossed. Her strength and courage, along with a variety of interesting characters makes it clear why it’s “The Number One Bestseller that everyone is talking about”.

Anywho, I will do a more detailed review when I’ve finished it! So far, I would definitely recommend it…in fact, I already have done, to my housemate!