I really enjoyed her writing in Eat, Pray, Love - and I enjoy her way of telling a story so I was looking forward to this. Little did I know that I would be faced with the prospect of getting married for the first time, in my 40s, just as I was starting this book.
I am almost as ambivalent as Elizabeth was and this book calmed me down with facts as well as great narrative. I loved the stories about how women in other cultures view their husbands.
I'm sure I'll have to listen to this again for some reassurance that it CAN work. I know she said she really wrote the book for just a handful of the women in her life, but secretly, she wrote it for me too.
I love EG. I loved eat pray love and I have watched every interview and talk that one can find of hers on the Internet. I love the way that she writes and how personal she is when talking about her life.
However, even though I knew that this book would be different than eat pray love and even though I tried to go into it with no expectations I could do nothing but get disappointed by this book.
It felt like a book of marriage facts way more than the story of what happened next in her life. The way that she over analyzes marriage and takes us on the thought process with her for so many pages is agonizing. I just wanted her to stop convincing herself to do something that she doesn't believe in. Every time she went on a tangent of facts I fought so hard not to skip it.
This is the third E.G. book I've read/listened to and was disappointed. It seems that she over-intellectualized a fairly uneventful fiance visa application process. The story felt invented, created, not completely honest. While she describes herself as a wanderer, she quite abruptly created a stable, singular existence. I just don't buy that this story is genuine.
A nice history of marriage but she really did some soul searching. I wonder if she'll write book 3 that discusses her recent divorce to Philippe.
...with EG'S outlook on marriage and kids, no wonder she is separated from her husband. She should never, no matter what the circumstances ever think to marry again.
I find it very hard not to rush through this book! Gilbert has a knack for pulling in her reader and be stowing pearls of wisdom and letting us all know that we aren't alone, even someone as enlightened as Miss Gilbert has questions and inner turmoil!
She deffinatly gives you plenty to consider while she tells her beautifully descriptive story! what an exciting life she has!
It's just such a wonderful, down to earth, researched informative book. There is enough info combined with enough humanity. And her use of language is just wonderful....
She shares her thought process, her struggles, the grey, not just black and white. She ultimately makes peace with marriage but shows her rather long, arm-twisted at times, road to get there......
I've read it before and now listened and I imagine that in the future I may listen again
In opening this book, there was excitement I would here Liz Gilbert's words again. Her most popular book Eat Pray Love had found me in a time when my marriage was crumbling and I longed to be able to discover myself again. This one found me after a time of such renaissance, preparing to marry again.
The history given of marriage demonstrated the depth of authorship and a reflection of what appears to be the importance of that title word Committed. By taking me around the globe again, Liz Gilbert stretched my heart. This is one of the reasons I read. Not for the brain stretch, but for the heart stretch.
By revealing her life and research about marriage I can admit that Committed is one that will stay with me as I walk forward in a flurry of faith and hope towards and with Love. The descriptions of human interaction stamping my memory like only Liz Gilbert's voice can, strong, intelligent and filled with passion.