At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.)
But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which - after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing - gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.
Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks, and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert's memoir is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.
©2010 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2010 Penguin
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.
Elizabeth Gilbert surprises a bit with Committed. In parts it reads like a history of matrimony, and just when you tire of the professorial, she brings us back to the personal.
Reading this felt like spending time in a much needed candid, cozy conversation with my best friend. I learned a great deal, but mostly came away felling comfortable in my own racing thoughts about happily ever after.
The author reads herself and she's terrific.
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
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