Wednesday, October 26, 2011
One of our regulars, a man who was divorced after 20 years, felt it was a thoughtful look at marriage and the complications of divorce and he liked how the author was taking such a careful look at marriage. Another couple (the husband is 85, the wife maybe mid-70s) read it together and appreciated the author's in depth analysis of marriage and felt that it would be a good book for young people to read who are considering marriage. Coincidentally, this couple first met in Bali when he worked for an international company and she was the daughter of a Bolivian diplomat. They just celebrated their 50th anniversary and both were so articulate and forthcoming with their thoughts. They are new to our group and we all liked them! We discussed arranged marriages and why they are so successful, and what marriages mean in other cultures.
A few people did not like the book at all, found the author annoying and egocentric. Why does she have to analyze everything, she overthinks, she whines, etc. I felt a little of that, although as someone who overthinks things, I should be more sympathetic. Others appreciated how open the author was with her feelings. All in all, most thought it was a good book and worth reading. It was another interesting discussion and always a surprise to see how everyone sees things differently.