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Introduction In "Introduction, or How This Book Works, or The 109th Bead," Elizabeth Gilbert introduces the readers of Eat, Pray, Lov... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 1–3 This first chapter opens on a November evening as Gilbert is on the first leg of her three-country journey—Rome, Italy... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 4–6 Gilbert now returns to her memory of the night on her bathroom floor three years previous, when she became "interested... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 7–9 Gilbert explains more about meeting her guru. This actually occurred through David, who had accepted a beautiful, inte... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 10–12 Gilbert now returns to the present narrative, explaining that it is just a few weeks after her divorce was settled. Sh... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 13–15 In her now familiar self-deprecatory way, Gilbert explains that she is not a very good traveler, even though she's bee... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 16–18 After about ten days in Italy, Gilbert is hit with something horribly familiar: depression and loneliness. She feels h... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 19–21 Gilbert admits that in Rome she does not feel like doing yoga. Since regularly doing yoga has been her "serious practi... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 22–24 Gilbert spends this chapter on honest observations about her apparent inability to be without a man, starting at about... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 25–27 In this chapter Gilbert reports on a six-hour walk she took through Rome on the day she writes it. She begins by descr... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 28–30 After her acknowledgment of her happiness in Naples, Gilbert starts thinking about her relationship with David, decidi... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 31–33 Gilbert travels all around Italy for six weeks. Giovanni dubs her "a spinning top" as she goes to Bologna, Florence, V... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 34–36 Thanksgiving Day in America is approaching, and this year Luca Spaghetti's birthday falls on the same day. His main wi... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 37–39 Gilbert arrives in India at 1:30 in the morning on December 30, landing in the metropolis of Mumbai and then taking a ... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 40–42 One day after Gilbert's arrival, the ashram celebrates New Year's Eve. Everyone dresses in their finest and gathers in... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 43–45 As Gilbert tries to slowly chew her delicious vegetarian dinner, a man takes one of the empty chairs at her table. He ... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 46–48 To help readers understand her experience while meditating as described in the last chapter, Gilbert gives another one... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 49–51 Gilbert opens this chapter with her memory of "a true metaphysical crisis" she went through at age nine. Suddenly she ... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 52–54 Now Gilbert moves on to the other obstacle blocking her from the spiritual success she seeks. It turns out that she de... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 55–57 After conquering the Gurugita, Gilbert makes the decision to stay at the ashram for the entirety of her time in India,... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 58–60 In this chapter Gilbert gives her ideas about prayer, destiny, and the ability to control one's thoughts. This last id... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 61–63 This is the day Richard flies home to Texas. Gilbert rides to the airport with him. She is filled with gratitude for h... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 64–66 Gilbert recognizes this new development as a spiritual joke being played on her. She says that she needed to be remind... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 67–69 After providing a disclaimer about how difficult it is to describe "the transcendental experience," Gilbert gives it a... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 70–72 This chapter presents Gilbert's musings about a very big topic: the purpose of religion. She believes that all of the ... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 73–75 Many surprises await Gilbert when she arrives in Bali. As she says, "I've never had less of a plan in my life than I d... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 76–78 This chapter is Gilbert's lesson about Bali. She provided some details about the island and its people in Chapter 74, ... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 79–81 Gilbert enjoys her relaxed days in Bali. Her schedule is loose. She meditates for an hour in the morning, using her gu... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 82–84 Liyer's wife, whom he calls Nyomo, is very suspicious of Gilbert. This bothers Gilbert because she always makes friend... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 85–87 Despite the four brothers protecting her at all times, Gilbert is hit by a bus the next day. She and her bike both far... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 88–90 This morning Gilbert watches Tutti drawing houses as Wayan applies something to Gilbert's hair to make it "grow faster... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 91–93 Gilbert goes to Wayan's the day after the party, hoping healthy food will ease the hangover and anxiety she experience... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 94–96 As she feels her attraction to Felipe growing, Gilbert asks Liyer to impart some wisdom about romance. He does not kno... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 97–99 The night after she denies Felipe, Gilbert becomes his lover. He tells her that all he seeks is "permission to adore [... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 100–102 When Gilbert is snapped out of euphoria by a bad bladder infection, she goes to Wayan for help. As Wayan treats her fo... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 103–105 Felipe and Gilbert decide to get more involved in Wayan's search for a home. They begin using a realtor, but Wayan lik... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 106–108 As another real estate deal falls through for Wayan, she calls to report she has finally found the place, but it will ... Read More
Final Recognition and Reassurance Gilbert returns to Indonesia after a few months, landing two hours after the huge tsunami struck Southeast Asia on Decem... Read More
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