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English \ Paperback, 331 pages
Debut: February 16, 2006
@: GoodReads

Read: March 16-31, 2014

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 115

First off, let me say that I was reluctant to read this book because, as someone rather atheist, the word pray really didn't appeal to me. However, I got this as a gift from my US exchange mother, so I put it on my "fight your way through it somehow"-list because I love her so much. And now, I am really glad I did, because it wasn't so much of a struggle at all.

Liz Gilbert really is a writer to my liking. Her style really appealed to me, so it was not hard for me to get into the story at all. I'm not so sure we would really get along on a personal level, but I generally enjoyed and encouraged the ways she was thinking. Most especially that her belief in a supernatural guiding entity wasn't fanatic or founded on doctrine and the promise of hellfire for the afterlife. No, not at all. On the contrary, the way she looked at it was a way I can agree with. Thus, I no longer had to dread the references to God or the whole second part of the book about devotion and prayer. Instead, I could fully enjoy every aspect of this read.

With this newfound positive view on Liz and her whole experience, I could concentrate on experiencing it all with her -- the pain, the doubt, the excitement. Of course there were still some times when I rolled my eyes and thought, "That's just too far-fatched and dreamy-eyed", but hey -- who cares? A bit of fiction never made a RL story worse. 😉

At points, it's a bit of a struggle to keep track of time and the order of events, but I don't think that's really necessary in order to experience this to its fullest capacity -- which is the message Liz wants to send. I am not spoiling, and I am not goint to say you some half-assed preacher phrase -- just read it and find out the magic for yourselves! Because, really, I think every individual will focus on other aspects of Liz's journey more, and thus learn different things from her. Which, in turn, makes this a great book to get into a deep conversation over, because there's just so much to see, to learn, to evaluate... Now, I don't think Liz intended this, but maybe this is precisely why it works so well. Soooo... I can only encourage to read and find out everything you can for yourself. =)

Area Scan: Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 2/5 -- Suspense: 2/5

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Challenge: 2014 Hard Heart Reading Challenge

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