Adaptation Series 1.2: Eat, Pray, Love
Such is the task of enjoying Elizabeth Gilbert’s spiritual memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia. In Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert recounts her one-year voyage of self-discovery. Gilbert had consecutive four-month visits to Italy, India, and Indonesia – or, as Gilbert astutely (and ominously) dubs, “the three I’s.” While regaling us with her newfound path to enlightenment, Gilbert basically takes a cue from Malibu Stacy and advises us to just forget all our troubles with a nice big bowl of strawberry ice cream – sorry, gelato.
Gilbert embarks on this journey following a dark period in her life. During that time, Gilbert extricated herself from a failed marriage and then threw herself into a one-year puppy-love relationship that also ended terribly. Gilbert describes the moment in which she decided to take control of her life as a brief epiphany during a late night sob session on the bathroom floor. Gilbert writes that she heard the voice of God, which she describes as the sound of her own voice, and it gave her the strength to pick herself up and get herself back together by feeding her passion for travel.
After four months in Italy, Gilbert flies to India and takes up residence in an Ashram where she participates in extensive yoga and meditation sessions. At the Ashram, Gilbert has an amicable relationship with a boorish Texan named Richard. Richard, along with the other yogis, helps Gilbert reach new heights of acceptance, relaxation, and clarity.
Four months later, Gilbert goes to Bali, Indonesia. In Bali, she works with an elderly medicine man who, during Gilbert's previous trip to Bali, had foretold of her breakdown and subsequent recovery. Gilbert also makes friends with a poor Balinese single mother and her children, and she reluctantly makes another attempt at romance with a charming Brazilian man named Felipe
Eat, Pray, Love opens in wide release on August 13th.