Eat, Pray, Love | Study Guide

Elizabeth Gilbert

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Perspective and Narrator

Eat, Pray, Love is told in the first-person perspective, offering readers complete access to the author's thoughts and feelings as she travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia during one year of her life.


The narration of Eat, Pray, Love is in the present tense, although Gilbert also uses the past tense to share her memories of key events leading up to the year of travel the book memorializes.

About the Title

The title Eat, Pray, Love matches the division of Gilbert's memoir into three books. The first book (Eat) takes place in Italy, and Gilbert emphasizes the pleasures of enjoying the fabulous food of the country. The second book (Pray) takes place in India, where Gilbert spends four months at her guru's ashram, devoting herself to spiritual development. The third book (Love) takes place in Bali, where Gilbert falls in love with Felipe, the man who will become her second husband.


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