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By Lois C. Henderson
Published on June 11, 2011
 

Author: Ellen Graf
Publisher: Trumpeter
ISBN: 978-1-59030-833-2


 

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Author: Ellen Graf

Publisher: Trumpeter
ISBN: 978-1-59030-833-2
 
Discard the marriage manuals and read Ellen Graf’s poetic memoir, The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage, instead, is the best advice that you can possibly offer any friend who is considering tying the knot. In this delightful and honest tale, Graf reveals the intimate details of her relationship with her Chinese tai chi teacher’s brother-in-law, starting with what basically amounted to a blind date and leading to a marriage that crosses cultural bounds with poignancy and blended (ir)reverence. With literally no holds barred, she shows how they managed to overcome their differences in all areas of their life together. In their exemplification of creativity and positivity towards each other, Graf shows how they were able to capture the true spirit of convivial joy in tackling life’s challenges. By conveying their mutual learnings and yearnings to each other and the world, despite at times having to work through what might seem to other, more ordinary, couples insurmountable odds, Graf indicates how they were able to grow and develop together in a loving and empathic union.
 
In an age that frowns upon matchmaking and prearranged marriages, The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage shows how one can grow to love a partner whom one hardly knows at the start of consanguineous relations. Tenacity and will power are two of the key ingredients required for such a partnership to succeed, with the artistic and sensitive nature of Ellen and Lu Zhong-hua being an added blessing in this case. What Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm has done for agrarian living, The Natural Laws of Good Luck is likely to do for cross-cultural marriage, with the added benefit of the fact that this is a true life tale and not a fictional encounter with the weird and eccentric in life. Humor is definitely a keystone of both works, however. The clear and detailed descriptions of how to overcome marital difficulties through evolving ways of communicating across linguistic barriers (neither Ellen nor Lu Zhong-hua can speak more than the most basic of expressions in each other’s language when they first start out) are a lesson to us all.
 
Both human and humane, The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage should find a place on all marriage counselors’ shelves, as well as be recommended reading for any prospective couple. Even those who have been married for years would stand to benefit from accessing the essential nobility and integrity that underlies the respect for each other’s value systems that permeates this volume.
 
  
 
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