Definitely a book for 30-somethings who think their mission in life is to "find themselves."
The author wrote a rationalization of marriage based on her own search for "fulfillment." When one is reduced to rationalization, it's because they are going to do something no matter what and have to fill in the backstory with reasons. Her conclusion: well, I don't really like marriage, but I'm going to do it anyway.
I especially disliked her attempt at intellectual justification by styling herself a Greek and those she doesn't agree with as Hebrews. She obviously has studied just enough philosophy to be dangerous.
She could've perhaps handed the reading over to a professional. That maybe would have made it sound a little less self-absorbed.
I would not cut a character; I would add "character."
This is a perfect fit for a generation who have been raised to think their feelings are paramount and who define themselves by how "happy" they are.
Thoughtful. Engaging. Hopeful.
The author was honest and gracious and open.
There were not a lot of 'scenes'.
I did not have an extreme reaction. It was simply a very pleasant book to listen to. There were insights and anecdotes that were engaging enough to keep me listening the whole way through.
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.
LOVED this book. A must read for people struggling with marriage structure!
This book simply amazed me. The writer must have been in my head. Normally, I find non-fiction boring, however, Elizabeth Gilbert's thorough research on the state of matrimony brought me to new levels of realization. Every person who is married or contemplating marriage should read this book. It is not written to influence, rather to inform you. I want to know what happens next.
I'm so glad when Marriage was the only way to stay together, they truely understood how much they loved each other. I on the other hand wasn't so lucky...We all should eventually decide. But, I loved all the different cultural ideas of marriage and statistics that the book brings up.