Saturday, February 6, 2010
Book Review: Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
"I will do virtually anything to avoid going through that apocalypse (her messy divorce) again."
"The more education a married woman has, the more money she earns, the later in life she marries, the fewer children she bears, and the more help her husband offers with household chores, the better her quality of life in marriage will be." (I guess I am a woman most to be pitied. I am a high school graduate, low-middle income, married-at-19, mother of five whose husband helps some with the chores. However, I think I have a pretty good "quality of life", thank you very much.)
"And this is my beef, by the way, with social conservatives who are always harping about how the most nourishing home for a child is a two-parent household with a mother in the kitchen....this arrangement has always put a disproprtionately cumbersome burden on women." (Mother in the kitchen? Who do you think we are, June Cleaver?)
"When I confided those thoughts (about not having a public marriage ceremony) in an email to my sister Catherine, she replied, 'You make marriage sound like a colonoscopy.'"
Indeed the whole book makes marriage sound that way. And so it actually comes as somewhat of a surprise when, at the end of the book, Elizabeth and Felipe tie the knot. I wonder how long it will last.
But I cannot recommend her book. Don't bother with this one. It's definitely not worth it.