history of marriage

A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
by Elizabeth Gilbert
by Elizabeth Abbott

Marriage is grand, but divorce is a hundred grand, the saying goes. In Elizabeth Gilbert’s case, however, divorce—or at least her ruminations about it—has been a windfall. Her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, about the travels she undertook when her marriage imploded, topped bestseller lists and, if that weren’t reward enough, Julia Roberts will play her in a movie version of the book to be released this summer. Eat, Pray, Love’s neat, fairytale ending had Gilbert hooking up Felipe, an older, divorced Brazilian gem trader with whom she finds a more sober, mature happiness (“I can no longer do infatuation. It kills me,” she declares) which they root in a pact: “to never, ever, under any circumstances, marry.” Read more…