A Happy Marriage

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A Happy Marriage
Rafael Yglesias

I’m way, way far behind writing a review of this book! I probably finished it about 1-2 months ago, but life has been a bit crazy and i just haven’t gotten around to it!

It really was a good read. It was a little on the longer side, but I never tired of reading it. It wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down, but I also didn’t feel obligated to pick it up and read it.

If you aren’t in the mood for a sad book than this isn’t for you. The book chronicles the life of husband and wife as they meet, marry, have a family and she contracts cancer. As you read the whole book you know how it is going to end, to a certain extent, but even by knowing the ending it makes the book that much more precious.

In our culture long marriages aren’t esteemed like they once were. It takes hard work, commitment, love, devotion, sacrifice, and determination to make it work. It isn’t all a walk in the park but there is something so special about the companionship and having someone who really KNOWS you.

As I read this book it was so sweet to see how through the changes and struggles and difficulties, mistakes and regrets all weave together to make his marriage deeper and his love for his wife more precious.

Although this isn’t a true story the author’s own life parallels this in many ways. He too is a writer and lived in NYC and his own wife died of cancer as well. I’m sure there are many truths of his life woven into the story.

I think this book has a very special place. It takes an honest look at the dirtiness of getting involved on someone elses life, the sacredness of marriage, and the complexity of relationships that it brings together. It was a great read and I highly recommend it!

 

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