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This month’s book is: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Summary (provided by WikiSummaries):
AHow liberating it would be to just cast off the reins of your current life and go on a year-long trip to three far flung countries of the world? Elizabeth Gilbert does that in Eat Pray Love, by embarking on her journey with specific purposes – one country for pleasure of the senses, another for spiritual enlightenment and the third to restore balance in her life. The resultant travelogue is a warm and lively read.
1. What is your first impression of the book? What is your first impression of the main character?
2. What do you expect to learn or gain from this novel?
Discussion Project #1 – What 3 places would you like to run off to like the main character? Tell me why and dont forget to add links to pictures of your chosen places!
3. Watch the movie trailer. In a comment below, tell whether Julia Roberts represents or portrays the author in the same way the author represents herself in the novel. Does Julia emit the same amount of emotion and despair as the author does in the first few pages? What differences, if any, do you notice between the novel and the movie trailer, or even the movie itself?
4. Liz explains that she went to Italy seeking pleasure, but pleasure comes to her in many ways, including talking in Italian and eating. What gives you pleasure? Which country or place would you go to seeking pleasure? (Please keep this G rated.)
Book Club Dare #1– I dare you (optional) to do one of the following in relation to the first section of the book: Speak Italian with someone, eat at an Italian Restaurant, cook an Italian Meal, listen to an Italian song, or eat Gelato (especially if you’ve never had it before!). Leave a comment detailing your experience with something Italian and show how it made you feel. How does your experience compare to Liz’s experience in Italy?
5. Liz travels to India to pray and meditate in her Guru’s Ashram. Do you pray or meditate? Do you practice a religion that is different than the one you were raised in? Which God, if any, do you believe in? Do you think a person can know God?
Discussion Project #2 – Find a quote in the book so far, in either the Italy section or the India section. Write the quote in your comment, and tell why you like that quote the best. Does it inspire you? Does it resonate with you? Is it a good lesson, or piece of advice for someone else?
Book Club Dare #2 – Now that you’ve had a little slice if Italy, its time for a little slice of India! I dare you (optional) to listen to an Indian song (I recommend “Leja Leja”), eat Indian food, learn a few words in Indian or sing along to an Indian song. Describe your experience here in a comment below. And, if you find a great Indian song, please share it!
6. Liz returns to Bali after her initial visit with Ketut. Since some of the other things Ketut said would happen after reading her palm did in fact happen, do you believe Liz went back to Bali because she was destined to, like her “palm” said? Or do you believe she went for another reason? Do you believe in destiny or fate?
7. Liz found love again in Bali. But Liz’s past, when it came to love, was also tumultuous. Where did you find love? Can you relate to Liz’s past love life?
Discussion Project #3 – Since it’s the end of the book, simply tell in a comment below what your favorite part of the story was, and why.
Book Club Dare #3 – For this dare, I dare you (optional) to listen to an Indonesian song, eat something Indonesian, watch the “Eat, Pray, Love” movie, or have your palm read. Write about your experiences here, or tell whether you liked or didn’t like the movie.