COMMITTED ELIZABETH GILBERT EBOOK
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Read "Committed A Love Story" by Elizabeth Gilbert available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. **The #1 New York Times . Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly. Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format.
In this book Ms. Gilbert takes the reader through her struggle with the idea of marriage even though she has fallen in love and the only way she can really have a life with him is to marry him. She takes us on a world tour as they travel the earth together waiting for him to get a visa to enter the country, but the thing I learned and admired about this author is how much research and thought she gave to her decision to marry and what finally encouraged her to become comfortable with the idea of matrimony.
While I liked the premise of this book, I assumed it would read more like a memoir than a history book. It would have been great to see more of Liz throughout the pages but I learned a few interesting things along the way. I'd recommend reading with a critical eye, it is an interesting viewpoint from someone that is not convinced that the institution of marriage is a recipe for love, happiness, or fulfillment.
I avoided this book for the longest time because I had the huge assumption that it would be a sellout, that she spent EPL trying to find herself, fell in love, now this "sequel" would be about the wonder of being in love and "committed. I find the entire journey of the book very relatable. The words were so honest and frank, that at times, I felt uncomfortable. I felt as if I just said out loud my deepest secrets that werent meant to be shared with the outside world.
I read some reviews who said the book was whiny. I see where that's coming from. But guess what, doubts are whiny, uncertainties are whiny. The only difference is that, Gilbert was brave enough to say it out loud.
Acesse a site. site Web Services. CNPJ Formas de pagamento aceitas: Page Flip: Habilitado Leitor de tela: There is a procession to the wedding table, and a relative of the groom will always carry an umbrella. At this point, I interrupted to ask what the umbrella signified, but the question brought some confusion. The umbrella is the umbrella, I was told, and it is carried because umbrellas are always carried at weddings.
That is why, and that is that, and so it has always been. Umbrella-related questions thereby resolved, the grandmother went on to explain the traditional Hmong marital custom of kidnapping. This is an ancient custom, she said, though it is much less in practice these days than it was in the past. Still, it does exist. This is all strictly organized and is permitted only on certain nights of the year, at celebrations after certain market days.
There are rules. The kidnapped girl is given three days to live in the home of her captor, with his family, in order to decide whether or not she would like to marry this fellow.
Which sounded reasonable enough to me, as far as kidnappings go. Where our conversation did turn peculiar for me—and for all of us in the room—was when I tried to get the grandmother to tell me the story of her own marriage, hoping to elicit from her any personal or emotional anecdotes about her own experience with matrimony. Her entire wrinkled face arranged itself into a look of puzzlement. Assuming that she—or perhaps Mai—had misunderstood the question, I tried again:.
Again, my question was met with what appeared to be polite bafflement. Now some of the women in the room had started giggling nervously, the way you might giggle around a slightly crazy person—which was, apparently, what I had just become in their eyes. I backed up and tried a different tack: Again, the very shape of my curiosity seemed a mystery to the grandmother. Politely, though, she gave it a try. She had never particularly met her husband before she married him, she tried to explain. There are always a lot of people around, you know.
Anyway, she said, it is not an important question as to whether or not she knew him when she was a young girl. After all, as she concluded to the delight of the other women in the room, she certainly knows him now. The instant Mai translated this question, all the women in the room, except the grandmother, who was too polite, laughed aloud—a spontaneous outburst of mirth, which they then all tried to stifle politely behind their hands.
You might think this would have daunted me. Perhaps it should have daunted me. But I persisted, following up their peals of laughter with a question that struck them as even more ridiculous:.
Now they all really did lose it. Even the grandmother was openly howling with laughter. Which was fine, right? But in this case, I must confess, all the hilarity was a bit unsettling on account of the fact that I really did not get the joke. All I could understand was that these Hmong ladies and I were clearly speaking an entirely different language here I mean, above and beyond the fact that we were literally speaking an entirely different language here.
But what was so specifically absurd to them about my questions? In the weeks to come, as I replayed this conversation over in my mind, I was forced to hatch my own theory about what had made me and my hosts so foreign and incomprehensible to each other on the subject of marriage. Neither the grandmother nor any other woman in that room was placing her marriage at the center of her emotional biography in any way that was remotely familiar to me. In the modern industrialized Western world, where I come from, the person whom you choose to marry is perhaps the single most vivid representation of your own personality.
There is no choice more intensely personal, after all, than whom you choose to marry; that choice tells us, to a large extent, who you are.
So if you ask any typical modern Western woman how she met her husband, when she met her husband, and why she fell in love with her husband, you can be plenty sure that you will be told a complete, complex, and deeply personal narrative which that woman has not only spun carefully around the entire experience, but which she has memorized, internalized, and scrutinized for clues as to her own selfhood.
Moreover, she will more than likely share this story with you quite openly—even if you are a perfect stranger.
It will still be relayed to you as a vitally important story about her emotional being—perhaps even the most vitally important story about her emotional being. For instance: Or at least not these Hmong women. Please understand, I am not an anthropologist and I acknowledge that I am operating far above my pay grade when I make any conjectures whatsoever about Hmong culture. I also concede that these women may have found my questions intrusive, if not outright offensive. Why should they have told their most intimate stories to me, a nosy interloper?
All that said, though, I am somebody who has spent a large chunk of her professional life interviewing people, and I trust my ability to watch and listen closely. Moreover, like all of us, whenever I enter the family homes of strangers, I am quick to notice the ways in which they may look at or do things differently than my family looks at or does things.
Let us say, then, that my role that day in that Hmong household was that of a more-than-averagely observant visitor who was paying a more-than-average amount of attention to her more-than-averagely expressive hosts. I did not see a group of women sitting around weaving overexamined myths and cautionary tales about their marriages.
The reason I found this so notable was that I have watched women all over the world weave overexamined myths and cautionary tales about their marriages, in all sorts of mixed company, and at the slightest provocation.
But the Hmong ladies did not seem remotely interested in doing that. That would be a ridiculous thing to infer, because people everywhere love each other and always have.
Romantic love is a universal human experience.
Evidence of passion exists in all corners of this world. All human cultures have love songs and love charms and love prayers. And in Papua New Guinea, there exists a tribe whose men write mournful love songs called namai , which tell the tragic stories of marriages which never came to pass but should have.
My friend Kate once went to a concert of Mongolian throat singers who were traveling through New York City on a rare world tour. So of course the Hmong fall in love.
Perhaps they do not assume that those two distinct entities love and marriage must necessarily intersect—either at the beginning of the relationship or maybe ever at all. Perhaps they believe that marriage is about something else altogether. Arranged marriage has never been a prominent feature of American life, of course—much less bridal kidnapping—but certainly pragmatic marriages were routine at certain levels of our society until fairly recently.
When I was growing up in my small town in Connecticut, my favorite neighbors were a white-haired husband and wife named Arthur and Lillian Webster.
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The Websters were local dairy farmers who lived by an inviolable set of classic Yankee values. They were modest, frugal, generous, hardworking, unobtrusively religious, and socially discreet members of the community who raised their three children to be good citizens.
They were also enormously kind. Webster—if I was very good—would sometimes let me play with her collection of antique medicine bottles. Just a few years ago, Mrs. Webster passed away. A few months after her death, I went out to dinner with Mr. Webster, and we got to talking about his wife. I wanted to know how they had met, how they had fallen in love—all the romantic beginnings of their life together.
I asked him all the same questions, in other words, that I would eventually ask the Hmong ladies in Vietnam, and I got the same sorts of replies—or lack of replies. Webster about the origins of his marriage.
She had always been around town, as he recalled. It was certainly not love at first sight. There was no moment of electricity, no spark of instant attraction.
He had never become infatuated with her in any way. As Mr. Webster explained in his typically open and matter-of-fact Yankee manner, he had gotten married because his brother had instructed him to get married. Arthur was soon going to be taking over the family farm and therefore he needed a wife.
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You cannot run a proper farm without a wife, any more than you can run a proper farm without a tractor. So, the diligent and obedient young Mr. Webster went out there into the world and dutifully secured him self a wife. Arthur just happened to settle on the blonde one, the one who worked over at the Extension Service in town.
She was the right age for it. She was nice.
She was healthy. She was good. She would do. I know better, at least when it comes to the case of the Websters. In her waning years, Mrs. For almost a decade, this once-powerful woman wasted away in a manner that was agonizing to watch for everyone in the community.
Her husband—that pragmatic old Yankee farmer—took care of his wife at home the entire time she was dying. He bathed her, fed her, gave up freedoms in order to keep watch over her, and learned to endure the dreadful consequences of her decay. He tended to this woman long after she knew who he was anymore—even long after she knew who she herself was anymore.
Every Sunday, Mr. Webster dressed his wife in nice clothing, put her in a wheelchair, and brought her to services at the same church where they had been married almost sixty years earlier.
Arthur would sit there in the pew beside his wife, Sunday after Sunday, holding her hand while she slowly ebbed away from him into oblivion. That said, we have to be careful, too, not to assume that all arranged marriages across history, or all pragmatic marriages, or all marriages that begin with an act of kidnapping, necessarily resulted in years of contentment.
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