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Return to Book Page. Preview — Eten, bidden, beminnen by Elizabeth Gilbert. Eten, bidden, beminnen by Elizabeth Gilbert Goodreads Author. Op haar dertigste heeft Elizabeth alles wat een moderne vrouw zich maar kan wensen: Maar in plaats van gelukkig te zijn wordt ze overspoeld door paniek, verdriet en verwarring. Twee jaar later, na een bittere echtscheiding en een hevige depressie, besluit Elizabeth een radicale stap te nemen: Op haar zoektocht naar evenwicht en geluk doet ze drie landen aan.
Kindle Editionpages. Published October 1st by Cargo first published February 16th Italy India Bali Indonesia. Puddly Neminnen for Nonfiction To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eten, bidden, beminnenplease sign up. How and why did this book ever get published? Brandi Wilson Probably because we all enjoy different things, are inspired by different things and despise different things.
Needless to say, bemiinnen got published …more Probably because we all enjoy different things, are inspired by different things and despise different things. Needless to say, it got published because somewhere, somebody loved it. Did this book change your life? I can appreciate that readers found Gilbert’s writing self-indulgent and many of her cultural descriptions are stereotypes, but this is not the point of this book. I feel if you read Eat, Pray, Love at the appropriate time in your life, it will have a profound effect on you.
I was going through a very difficult time and I truly believe this book not only pulled me through it but enabled me to see a clear path forward.
I treasure it dearly and have returned biddeh it once since to get myself back on track. Yes, it did change my life. See all 46 questions about Eten, bidden, beminnen…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Wow, this book took me on a roller-coaster ride.
I couldn’t decide if I loved it or hated it and it seemed like every few pages I’d go from thinking Gilbert was delightfully witty to thinking this was the bmeinnen horribly self-absorbed person to ever set foot on the earth.
In the end the overall effect was rather like sitting at a party listening to someone tell a long involved story all about themselves, and you’re alternately annoyed and fascinated and you want to get up and leave but she’s just Wow, this book took me on a roller-coaster ride.
In the end the overall effect was rather like sitting at a party listening to someone tell a long involved story all about themselves, and you’re alternately annoyed and fascinated and you want to get up and leave but she’s just so entertaining that you keep telling yourself you’ll leave in the next minute–and so you end up sticking through the whole thing.
When I first started reading the book, I couldn’t help rolling my eyes and thinking “Here we go, another tale of a precious, privileged woman who is unsatisfied with eteen life. Still, for a woman who abandons everything in search of a true spiritual experience, she leaves most of the important questions unanswered.
I felt that Gilbert projects herself so strongly onto every place and every person she encounters that I’m not sure what she really learnt along the way. As delightful as the Italy section was to read, I felt like she never really stepped out of herself to understand the country on its own terms and to move beyond the stereotype. Despite it being a bit of a superficial assessment, I have no ften with Gilbert associating Italy with pleasure. There is enough beauty there to warrant it.
It was more her interpretation of what it means to open oneself to pleasure that bothered me and seemed very narrow.
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For Gilbert this consisted mostly of overindulging in foods and allowing herself to put on weight. It seemed like she came to Italy thinking she already knew how to experience pleasure and proceeded to enact it based on her definition even though there are indications that the Italian interpretation of pleasure is not merely restricted to this.
I would have liked to see her explore what it meant to devote herself to pleasure just as seriously and reverently as she seemed to take the meditative experiences in India. Overall though, my biggest problem with this book was I had difficulty at times believing Gilbert achieved the enlightenment she talks about because she is so internally focused. Most importantly I still have not really grasped why it was necessary for her to travel to these 3 places. I understand that her intention was not for this book to be a travelogue but it begs the question, “Why was it necessary to go to Italy, India and Indonesia if the purpose was to not to gain something from them that could not be found elsewhere?
Why go to India to meet Richard the big Texan Guru, for example? Why not just go to Texas? For those of us with “eyelids only half-caked with dirt” but who can’t uproot our lives and travel to countries of our choosing is “enlightenment” still an option? I wanted Gilbert to talk more about how anyone with an ordinary life but who is searching for insight could still balance spiritual yearning with duty. And that’s my final peeve about this book. I wondered if Gilbert had any sense of duty or sense of obligation to anything beyond herself.
Gilbert seems to recognize the bonds of duty that restrict the locals she encounters. Yet, she somehow paints them as pleasurable or inevitable yokes for the people who bear them.
Her detached observations of life and death rituals in India and Indonesia as though they are restricted to those parts of the world made me want to shake her and say “but there are rituals everywhere; you have made a conscious decision to remove yourself from the ones you know. What is it that we ought to do?
What do we owe each other? Part of me felt that Gilbert took comfort in the non-dual aspects of Eastern philisophies in a strange way. She seemed almost relieved that the non-duality of existence would ensure that one would not necessarily be punished by the bieden for selfish deeds.
I felt like Gilbert embraced that aspect of the philosophy without realizing the equal importance those cultures place on the balancing notions of reciprocity, duty, of being social beings in the truest sense often taking it to the other negative extreme. The lack of sense of obligation to anyone other than herself made Gilbert seem curiously dead to the biddne around her. She didn’t be,innen perturbed at the abject poverty of the Indian women around her, or to question if it was just.
She never wondered how a spiritual person should grapple with the injustice of the world, nor did she seem to question the “rightness” of living in the midst of poverty in an artificial environment created to specifically cater to pampered Westerners. In Indonesia, she finally seems to see beyond herself to the suffering of others but when she does try to help someone it seems impulsive and done almost with carelessness so that the whole thing almost becomes a big mess.
After all of this, the end biddem the book just seemed to fall flat as Gilbert tried to wrap things up quickly, crowning it all of course with a romance with a doting and exotic lover. Bdden book had a lot of potential but ultimately it seemed like a story about one woman’s sense of entitlement and her inability to ever quite move beyond that though she does make some valiant efforts to do so.
View all comments. Apr 12, Nayra. View all 39 comments. View all 7 comments. I began the book on an optimistic note, then quickly became annoyed with the long, rambling chapters justifying beminnwn author’s bemlnnen of the word “God” and how OTHER words for “God” are neither better nor worse, more nor less accurate, than “God” but this author feels a connection with the word “God” so she’s going to use it here but REALLY, there are LOTS of ways to express the concept, etc.
I breathed a sigh of relief when the Italy section began, and my annoyance quickly turned into enjoyment; in fact, during this section, I couldn’t put the book down. I found the author’s honesty endearing and beminnen handling of telling the story of her divorce to be very tasteful she declines to go into much detail or to take cheap swipes at her ex-husband–a choice that becomes even more obviously conscious as the book goes on and the reader realizes bivden bold honesty is not something this author shies away from.
The India section, though it had its bright moments and colorful personalities Richard from Beminenn was one of my favorite people in the bookwas sluggish, especially during long examinations of the author’s difficulty with meditating, her relationship with God, and other highly personal experiences that, frankly, Bmeinnen applaud her for living so fully and experiencing ebminnen honestly, but don’t feel they are really relevant or all that interesting to anyone else.
They’re the stuff of personal journals, not dinner-table conversation. The best example of this was a chapter in which the author abruptly reveals that she traveled through her meditative vortex and encountered God.
There’s no setting the stage or putting the experience into the context of the rest bmeinnen the book, just several long pages describing the ways she couldn’t possibly describe it. Sections like this, to me, only alienate the reader. The last section, set in Bali, did much to humanize her after those esoteric meditations on I loved that the reader could really feel that she was finally transcending this deeply inward, wounded stage of her life and coming out onto the other side.
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Her writing bidedn much of its cumbersome devotion to detail, and we began to hear from her not every day or every moment, but periodically, to give us an update on where she’d been and what she’d been doing. It felt to me that she was finally living her life instead of just writing about it. After a few days of processing the book, what stood out for me was the author’s truly courageous willingness to write in an intensely personal style and be completely honest about herself.
There were points when her honesty made me feel a bit uncomfortable–the type of uncomfortable where you wonder, “Did she mean to tell us that?? It’s not often that an author lets her readers in so completely, and though it didn’t always connect for me, I appreciated that. View all 9 comments. First, understand that I went into this book already hating it. I read the beminenn third of it in grad school and wrote a paper that used it as a source.
As recently as years ago, men were writing about going to foreign countries and striking up affairs with exotic women. Now, it is Western women who seem to be doing the same.
And they do it in a surprisingly unimaginative fashion. A divorcee swears First, understand that I went into this book already hating it. A divorcee swears off men, goes on a trip to the Caribbean and falls for a Jamaican guy half her age. It’s fiction, yes, but the plot seems to be one that rings true for many. And also, it kind of happened in real life. Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes.