Thursday, January 7, 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert On Marriage

When I read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, it felt like I was spending time with a very good friend, a friend who just so happened to be telling me the story of her adventure to three very different places. I felt like I had gotten to know her so well that I actually felt a pang of sadness when I finished the book and no longer had her around. Luckily enough, I recently found out that she has written a new book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. She talks about the book and about marriage in this interview, and I found something she said to be very eloquently stated (and not just because she mentions Britney Spears either).

"Marriage is not a game for the young. One lesson that Britney can teach us is: Don't get married when you're 20 years old, for reasons I am certain I do not need to explain. Maturity brings--among other things--the ability to sustain and survive enormous contradictions and disappointments. Marriage is--among other things--a study in contradiction and disappointment, and inside that reality there is space for us to truly learn how to love. But it is wise to check at least a few of our most idealistic youthful dreams at the door before entering." --Elizabeth Gilbert

11 comments:

SingleDatingMommy said...

I am reading this book right now, and it is fabulous. FABULOUS. Oh, and did I mention...fabulous? It's a perfect follow up to Eat, Pray, Love. Enjoy!

2busy said...

I love a good book that you miss and are saddened when it is through.

Little T said...

I just read Eat, Pray, Love and I too felt sad when it was over. Thanks for the info. I will definitely check this out!

Jessie said...

ooh thanks for the update. i can't wait to read her new book!

Karin said...

I really liked Eat, Pray, Love and can't wait to read about her thoughts on marriage. Seems that she has a very realistic take on it.

Sobrina Tung said...

SingleDatingMommy, thanks for the heads up! I have to read 5 other books before I get to this, but I can't wait :)

Karin, I agree. If the book is at all like that interview, I think it will be a refreshing read.

Maria said...

I am almost finished with the audio version of "Eat Pray Love" and I love her voice.. Her narration is what made this book fabulous for me. She experiences a lot of what I am going through now with my current breakup.. Just ordered the audio version of her next book "Committed" and can't wait to get it!

SOL said...

I am currently reading Eat Pray Love for my book club. I guess I have to read Committed next!

MunkyBt said...

I LOVED that book. There are few books that have ever made me tear up, but that is definitely one of them. I remember having that exact feeling of loss when I was done. I was actually tempted to re-read it the moment I finished it. So, so good!

I'm really going to have to check out this new book. I hope it's amazing.

Melissa said...

Loved the first book...looking foward to the second. I heard it was in the pipeline. Wish I had the time to blog as I did in the past. Now I blog at work for an online curriculum provider...not nearly as fulilling, but what writer can complain about writing for a living?

Erin P said...

I just read that she had another book out; I'm almost afraid to read it because I was worried it would let me down after Eat, Pray, Love. I, also, was sad when I finished Eat, Pray, Love and I missed her as I read my next book. Are you reading it yet? I do hope it doesn't dissapoint!

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