I loved "Eat, Pray, Love" so of course I had to know what happened after that story. My own story is nothing like Ms. Gilbert's. I have been married happily for 25+ years, but I learned much about the institution I did not know before in this book. As she discovers what marriage is and is not, she shares her insight with the rest of us. For me, it was both surprising and fascinating.
I really enjoyed her writing in Eat, Pray, Love - and I enjoy her way of telling a story so I was looking forward to this. Little did I know that I would be faced with the prospect of getting married for the first time, in my 40s, just as I was starting this book.
I am almost as ambivalent as Elizabeth was and this book calmed me down with facts as well as great narrative. I loved the stories about how women in other cultures view their husbands.
I'm sure I'll have to listen to this again for some reassurance that it CAN work. I know she said she really wrote the book for just a handful of the women in her life, but secretly, she wrote it for me too.
I LOVED this book. She has such a way with words, and to hear the actual author read her own book and her own story, made it extra special. I loved the history she includes about marriage, and the discussion of marriage in other cultures. I would highly recommend this book.
Elizabeth Gilbert writes from the heart and bears her soul. After all, she did write this book for herself, which turned out to be a genius move. I love that she is the voice to this audio book. Not that she has any trouble conveying with her words, but she adds really nice touches. I was ready to be educated about marriage, but I receive so much more.
As one marriage-doubter to another, this book is a beautifully woven historical retrospective, blended with modernity, that certainly makes for a very thought-provoking and inner-turmoil-balancing conversation about the personal and social impacts of marriage and non-marriage.
Liz called the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, not based on secular and religious politics, but rather from the study of society's pattern of societal protectionism. As illogical as that may sway. It is ironic how the original Christian community was against marriage as one could not achieve Christlikeness while married, yet today the Bible is being used as the basis for why some should be "allowed" to marry. AND marriage is only deemed legal, because it can only be authorized and recognized by the state, NOT the Church of any religion.
Liz, (which is what the author calls herself - I'm not taking familiar Liberty here), also beautiful job of layering humanity next to honor next to legal obligation next to multi-generational/cultural personal experiences to show that this endeavor is ever-evolving and thus there is no singular answer about what "marriage is."
This book has not convinced me to marry. That ultimately will depend on the person I choose to join me on that path, but I know this, that person, if they exist, will add another level of fabulous-ness to my life and will certainly need to be a silently strong man with a good sense of humor. 😉
Way too analytical and academic. I expected more of a first-person account of dealing with the journey of marriage, not "the history of marriage." I couldn't make it past the chapter on historical basis of marriage in the early church.
No. I still love EG.
The intro was very interesting and compelling, and was more what I expected. I was taken off-guard (not in a good way) when the book delved into the history of marriage. I turned it off.
Committed bills itself as a book about a skeptic making peace with marriage, but what's lost in that subtitle is the fascinating, in-depth look at the history of marriage and its role in both Eastern and Western societies and cultures. Gilbert is forced to marry her sweetheart if he is ever to be allowed back in the US, and this is the story of her research into the various meanings of marriage in an effort to somehow be okay with being married again. It's a personal, historical and cultural exploration of the ways people do and do not embrace the institution. Lots of fascinating details and you can't beat a story being told by its author.
Elizabeth George does a great job of laying out all her research on marriage that went into her own decision. Plus she is a very professional reader of her own books.