Had er misschien iets meer van verwacht. Wonderschoon door: KarinBezemer op 29 december 2 likes Ik vond het een puur boek. Wat mooi om een jaar eens heel anders te besteden en om zo een diepe wond te genezen. Ik vond vooral het gedeelte over de tijd in India boeiend, een echte levensles. Ik wil eigenlijk nog een aantal uitspraken noteren, zinnen om te herlezen en ter harte te nemen. Een beetje teleurstellend door: Vanille op 27 augustus 1 like Voor mij was dit boek een beetje een teleurstelling.

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Start your review of Eten, bidden, beminnen Write a review Shelves: non-fiction , Wow, this book took me on a roller-coaster ride. Still, for a woman who abandons everything in search of a true spiritual experience, she leaves most of the important questions unanswered. 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 problem 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. 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? 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.

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 universe 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 contradictions around her. 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 of 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. I recognized the voice straightaway. I really enjoyed it. After much discussion he told me how his herbal medicine works, and he assured me that the medicine will erase diabetes completely from my body, After preparation which I paid for he sent the herbal medicine to me and with his direction I drank the herbal medicine for 21 days and my result was confirmed negative.

You can contact doctor Ahmed through his email,mohammenda3 gmail. I cringe to think why so many women want to feel that this was a true spiritual journey. It was a pre-paid journey. The woman starts off with telling us over and over about how painful her divorce was, however she dismisses how it ever came to be that way. Leaving her audience only to guess it was so horrible she had to leave and find herself.

When asked in an interview if dumping her husband and pushing off wasnt selfish, here is what Ms. India: This when she got just a little too proud of herself. I grew so tired of her boasting about how all her decisions led to a higher plan of consciousness and a new appreciation for life and a new understanding of the universe at large.

And Bali was even worse. And then she fell off her bike! She met her doctor friend, and bought her a house. And met an old guy, and then she did things to herself!

And then she slept with the old guy. And then she made a little rhyming couplet of a life in Australia, America, Bali, and Brazil. Double cringe.

To quote a phrase from the "Italy" section of this book, "cross the street" if you dare to even glance in a bookstore window and entertain a thought of buying this book. Elizabeth Gilbert has no ideas about life.

Not only does she have nothing to teach, she has nothing to say. This book is so vicarious that it reveals a profound and deeply disturbing ignorance about the complexities of real life. There are very few passages in this book that reveal any real sense of transformation in her life. She never really seems to glean anything authentic or deeply affecting from any of her experiences. And because she has gained nothing, she has nothing to offer.

The reader is frustrated and unable to connect with her on any level. This memoir not only lacks readability, it lacks any real humanity. She is right when she says that she is not a traveler; she does not have the heart or spirit of a true traveler because she somehow remains deeply unaffected. She is merely a tourist, a spectator, barely scratching the surface of the lands she traverses, the people she encounters, and the experiences of what it means to be human. She fails to see the poverty that surrounds her, or maybe she sees it?

She definitely never writes about it, maybe because it is not part of the road to any enlightenment. In spite of her year long journey she is still unable to gain true insight or wisdom from her pain and struggles.

There is no profoundness in her journey, whether it is personal or physical. This book is just a simple walk through a simple mind.

She is not even a good enough writer to be able to cleverly disguise her childlike observations in beautifully crafted language. I would rather read the trail journals of a young backpacker any day.

I was perplexed by its popularity. So I did some research. As it turns out "Eat, Pray, Love" is an ideal industry example of how a publishing company can "create" a best seller from the printing of a trade paperback. In hard cover, this book only generated mediocre book sales in the year in was published. However, someone at Penguin adopted it as a "darling" and created a hard core campaign to sell the trade paperback.

I cringe even more for the women that buy into such shallowness. If you really want to live with intention, live your journey here and now. YOUR here and now. This book gets Zero stars.


Boekrecensie: Eten, bidden, beminnen

Elizabeth Gilbert " Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in , and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. From earliest memory, all she ever wanted to do was write. Elizabeth attended New York University, where she studied political science by day and worked on her short stories by night. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working in bars, diners and ranches, collecting experiences to transform into fiction. She was a three-time finalist for The National Magazine work, and an article she wrote in GQ about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side eventually became the basis for the movie Coyote Ugly. In , Elizabeth published her first novel, Stern Men a story of brutal territory wars between two remote fishing islands off the coast of Maine which was a New York Times Notable Book. Elizabeth is best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce.


Eat Pray Love: Eten, bidden, beminnen.

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: ze Drie vrouwen zijn het allesbepalende racisme meer dan zat en besluiten dat de verschillen tussen hen minder belangrijk zijn dan de overeenkomsten. Gedurende vijfendertig jaar worden de meisjes gevolgd op hun levensweg. Ze worden geconfronteerd Volkomen onverwacht loopt ze hen in een Londens hotel tegen het lijf, en het is haar meteen duidelijk dat Isandro Salazar haar veracht.


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