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May 23 2008

A BOOK? And a review…

Momumo tagged me for my reading material:

Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you once you’ve posted your three sentences.

Oh help. Ok, I’ll play along…but only because I have a book sitting here and I don’t have to go searching for one. LOL!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Like all great philosophical ideas, this one is simple to understand but virtually impossible to imbibe. OK-so we are all one, and divinity abides within us all equally. No problem.”

Tag, you’re it if you want to play…because I’m burning dinner as I write here…

And now the review. I’ve been trying to write this for, oh, three months. About the time I finished the book.

I.Loved.This.Book. I am going to read it again soon. Like Harry Potter, it sat on my table for several weeks before I picked it up and then I couldn’t put it down.

If you’re not familiar with the book (and you’d probably be living in a cave if you haven’t heard of it), the author goes through a bit of a mid-life crisis (realization that she desperately no longer wants to be married) and takes a year off from her life to find pleasure again. She spent four months each in Italy (to eat), India (at an ashram to pray), and in Indonesia (to bring it all together…and find love).

Gilbert’s writing draws you in, brings you into her world, and you don’t want to leave. As I read about Italy, I wanted good Italian food, made with freshfreshfresh ingredients. As I read about India, I wanted to drop it all and go to an ashram for meditation…if for no other reason than I’d only be responsible for myself there. And as I read about Indonesia, I fantasized about bringing it all together, finding my center, and bringing that feeling back home.

Did I mention I loved this book? And I’m going to read it again soon? It’s the perfect summer read. It’s an easy read, perfect for the back porch with the beverage of your choice, and ideal for thinking lofty thoughts. Summer thoughts.

Go get it, forget the library for once, and buy it. Read it. Mark it up. Tell me how you liked it.

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  1. Lisa

    A couple of months ago, when I got my second jury duty notice, I went out and bought this book, thinking I would have the whole long boring day to read it. I still haven’t cracked it open yet 🙁 I ended up working all day instead on a literature review (gotta make the donuts!) and the book is still sitting in my laptop bag. I’m going to make a concerted effort to read it as soon as school ends in a few weeks. I was actually going to pull it out to respond to your “tag,” but since you used it already, I’m off the hook! haha!

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