Truthfully, the ribbons on the cover don’t help. Or at the very least- they are misleading. Elizabeth Gilbert has written a fine book. She has a voice that can use literary allusiveness for fine effect at good moments and which becomes sober,plain and pondering when she tried to understand the institution which was about to embrace her life. It is a good book; a very collected and easy to appreciate examination of marriage through the ages and in different societies, written lucidly and wittily.
It is certainly not “emotional jabbering” as one reviewer I read put it.