Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Eat Pray Love - a fine manual for life

eat pray love

This is the most delightful book I have read in sometime. I found myself dog-earing pages and thinking "I have to buy more copies". This is a book where I truly want to buy a box and hand them out to my dearest friends and new acquaintances. I just love Elizabeth Gilbert's style, I could feel her, I could taste the decadent Italian cuisine she described (I had to go right to the antipasto bar at Sentry Hilldale), I could empathize with her initial frustrations of meditation (just try sitting still in an icky seated position even for 5 minutes - ugh.) and then I could rejoice in her ultimate peace and joy. As silly as it may sound, I found myself feeling good emotionally as she found spiritual clarity.

One of the first quotes I marked was "Americans work harder and longer and more stresful hours than anyone in the world today...Of course, we inevitably work too hard, then we get burned out and have to spend the whole weekend in our pajamas, eating straight out of the cereal box and staring at the TV in a mild coma (which is the opposite of working, yes, but not exactly the same thing as pleasure)." When I read that I looked around - was Elizabeth Gilbert talking to ME? Raise your hand if she was talking to you. Life gets so busy sometimes, this book really helped me live vicariously through her spiritual adventure and slow down. I signed up for yoga again after too many weekends in a "coma", I started thinking about what she was "saying". Now can one book change your life? Maybe not - but it served as a great mirror - it asked me "look at our life, do you like what you see?" As for family and friends, I usually love what I see. But the chaos? The too much time worrying about work, being impatient with my children and burying my head from the noise - not so much. I think this is a book in which I could find a new message each time I read it - but for now - run get yourself a copy:)

On the yarn front...I have two rows of my ripple-icious done - I won't show it until at least 4:) I am afraid to jinx myself, but I am starting to get it - so I am feeling good about that. I knit 4 inches of the cuff on my second Bird of Paradise sock yesterday. And look at this...I would love to try this kimono, it seems to be knit in one piece and to possibly use the same dropped stitch technique as the imfamous Clapotis by Kate Gilbert. Another Gilbert girl!


Blogger MollyBeees said...

Thanks for the tip on the book. Ordered it from the library. I love E. Gilbert too! Have you read Stern Men? I have a hard time with meditation too, but this hypnosis thing I'm doing right now seems to be the answer for me! Relaxing and listening to my self-guided CDs every day is just the ticket!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can your kid sister borrow the book? love ya- kasey

3:17 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

OMG, that Tatami kimono is awesome and most certainly will knit one till the end of summer!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Suzeq22knits said...

I keep seeing this book. After reading your review I'm going to read it for sure!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous susan b anderson said...

I need to read that book, I have looked at it for months now. What a great review, it makes me want to run out and buy it tonight.

Hey, let me know when you want to get together. susie

7:38 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

As we've discusses, an excellent book, and a great review! I typed upa page of quotes that I liked.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

someone in my real life recommended that book to me, and i looked at it in the bookstore and was very interested but wasn't in a buying place that day. thanks for reminding me to look into getting a copy!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

What a pretty sock!! I loved your review of the book. I had read another, impersonal, that made me wait to check it out, but now I think I will!

8:01 PM  

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