Liz starts this book out be explaining that like Eat, Pray, Love, she penned this one assuming that no one would read it. Therefore, she comes across as fresh, honest and authentic in her search for answers to question that all women have either before they get married or years after: is getting married to this man the right thing to do?
Although I disagree with some of her politics, I find that she and I, and all women really, have so much in common when it comes to how this marriage thing works, socially, emotionally, and physically. Unlike me, she did alot of research into the history of marriage and marriage in different cultures and really gave obsessive thought before she jumped in. Her finding make one thing clear, our struggles and frustrations, our joys and contentment with our spouce (male or female) are universal. After 10 1/2 years of marriage, I found this book to be not just commiserative but also reaffirming in ways that make me a better wife even though I chosed to marry for less well thought out reasons.
I love listening to her voice read her own words. It is like talking to a girlfriend over lunch because she is so intimate with the details stated and unstated that you want to keep listening to hear more.
I listened to this book on a very long (13 hour) car trip. I was looking forward to it, since I loved Eat, Pray, Love, and I was very interested in finding out how things worked out between her and Filipe. This was a painful listen in many places, because I found it to be way too dry in some areas (Gilbert tries to address the anthropology of marriage in history and other cultures - For this, I recommend "I Don't - a History of Marriage" Unfortunately, she does not have the knowledge required to discuss that subject well or even in an entertaining manner - which I was really looking forward to. At one point, I thought the whole thing was over the top crazy when she agonizes for far too long over whether to go to Cambodia and leave her beloved happily by the pool with his nice cold beverages. And then how to discuss the matter without "asking permission" or making him feel abandoned. This was just far too much for me. Maybe it's a generational thing, but I wouldn't hesitate to do something I would enjoy and maybe would only have one chance to do in my life. I shouldn't be too harsh. I was happy to hear the rest of the story, but it really needed a good editing job or something to help it flow better and be more entertaining.
Like her first book, I thought it started strong but then lost me about half way through. Although I finished it, I was left feeling unfulfilled. I loved the statistics on the history of marriage but felt the personal information was not very interesting.
This felt more like a history textbook than a personal story. I kept finding myself drifting. She digressed and frequently explored tangents that while they were not totally unrelated, did not keep my attention. She did a great job narrating but its not the sequel I was expecting.
I purchased this book because I'm a huge EPL fan. It's but not like her last book. Too many facts and quite boring. She does tell a few stories that are very memorable but it was not what I was expecting. Still a fan EG!
I heard Elizabeth Gilbert interviewed on NPR and I was so sure that I would love this book, that I ordered it on the spot. I did not love it, I only sort of liked it. Much of it seemed like the musings of a neurotic women.
I did like the well researched, sociology aspects of it...learning about the evolution of marriage in the U.S. and the expectations of marital partnes in other countries. Buy it, but don't expect to love it!
Loved this book! I can't stop discussing it with anyone and everyone that will listen to me. A must read for anyone married, thinking about marriage, and even for those who aren't thinking about marriage!
Eat,Pray,Love is one of my favorite books. There is much in that book we as women can relate to. It was great to travel with her. Her narration is flawless, she has a perfect voice for listeners. Committed, I so look forward to; it is a good book; about half is her journey (which is my interest)other is research and history of marriage which was somewhat interesting; writers I assume are very interested in research and history. This book did not have the same enjoyable flow. Very happy for Elizabeth and Phillipe. It has been my experience that DFW's atmosphere is very close to an internment camp. They are not so concerned about our safety as tramatizing anyone who dares attempt to get through their tiranical homeland security guards.
What I Loved: As a History Buff--I absolutely love that this is more of a history lesson on marriage (and all that encompasses. Ms. Gilbert did an amazing amount research on this topic all across the globe. She was non-judgmental and really kind of just presented the facts.
What I Liked: I listened to this on Audio book (just as I did Eat, Pray, Love) and I think it made me like the book more. Elizabeth reads her own book, so she is very good at conveying what she is feeling during the reading. This adds a whole layer to the book that I think might be missing in the print version.
Why I gave it a 4: This audio book was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about commitment and the history of it through out the world. I also love that at different points she was good at making sure that the reader also knows that there is a good amount of happiness in being single too. If you love history and personal stories then you will enjoy this (as long as the topic appeals to you).
I loved this book. Thanks to the author we had a realistic view of the inner sanctum of a marriage. It's beautifully written with insight and humor. It is worthy of 5 stars.