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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage | [Elizabeth Gilbert]

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

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. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....
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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

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    Megan Burke 03-15-15
    Megan Burke 03-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth repeating, like any good book!!"

    Fantastic narration. A great follow up to Eat, Pray, Love. A good supportive reminder for those traditionalists and non conformists alike!

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    Carol E. Maurer Phoenix, AZ 06-23-14
    Carol E. Maurer Phoenix, AZ 06-23-14 Member Since 2014

    Teach only love, for that is what you are.

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    "Well researched history of marriage plus memoir."
    If you could sum up Committed in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the listen!


    What other book might you compare Committed to and why?

    Stands on it's own. Blends historical fact with a process of coming to terms with marriage, albeit reluctantly.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Gilbert – was your favorite?

    She narrated her own process.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not appropriate for a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who still believes the political arguments about marriage can learn the truth in this well researched book.

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    Kathryn De Shields 05-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect Book to Listen to Before Getting Married"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a researcher by nature, and this book provides a thorough examination of the logical/emotional aspects of matrimony.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Gilbert – was your favorite?

    I strongly identified with Elizabeth as herself. She carried many of the same questions I had regarding marriage, and provided in-depth and heartfelt explanation as she explored what marriage really means.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is very insightful, and provided a lot of "aha" moments for me. I'm much better for having read it (and just in time as the wedding is in October!) I strongly suggest this book to anyone who struggles with balancing fact and fiction in light of the Hollywood Romance epidemic that subliminally impacts us all.


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    Iwona K. 03-08-14
    Iwona K. 03-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very in depth look at many facets of mariage"
    What did you love best about Committed?

    The narrator and author are one and the same and I LOVE that. I love her style of writing and her explanations are so educated and well researched and she speaks to me because I can relate to her desires and needs.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a lot more educational than the first book, Eat, Pray, Love. That was also educational in many ways but it was intertwined around a much broader storyline. This book, even though a continuation of that same story, lacked a lot of the story telling elements which I had hoped would continue on. Still, a brilliant read and really spoke to me since I am a girlfriend to a man I would jump at the chance to marry. It really gives you a very multi-facetted insight at marriage and how it is viewed across different cultures and through different people’s eyes. Stirring. A great author with a gift for interpreting difficult things in a simple and sane manner without the over-use of long, difficult words.

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    Melanie Pasadena, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Melanie Pasadena, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful to Listen to - laughed and cried"
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    What a wonderful listen.

    Feels like we are just sitting together and I am listening to her tell her story.

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    Kelly Washington, DC, United States 01-02-14
    Kelly Washington, DC, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very hard to put down"
    Would you listen to Committed again? Why?

    This is just the book I was looking for. Thank you Oprah for bringing this author to my attention. I have no desire to read eat, pray love, but this book is just what I needed. The author is inspiring, intelligent and enlightening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Committed?

    The examples of how women who have chosen not to have families have been depicted as unhappy when in fact, statistics show that those women are often more prosperous and healthy than women with children and husbands. And in fact, it is men who fair better in marriage.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    So far, no, but I am now a fan.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Chuckle at times


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book if you are a women and especially if you are a young woman.

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    Dowleen Lake Forest, Il, United States 10-03-13
    Dowleen Lake Forest, Il, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing, esp after EAT, PRAY, LOVE"
    What did you like best about Committed? What did you like least?

    content stale


    What could Elizabeth Gilbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    don't know


    What aspect of Elizabeth Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

    seemed like she just wanted another book to sell, not nearly as interesting as other books.


    Do you think Committed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO


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    Tina Stephens City, VA, United States 10-01-12
    Tina Stephens City, VA, United States 10-01-12
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    "Very Informative"
    What did you love best about Committed?

    The book gave a very honest perspective on love and marriage.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this one was great just like the others.


    Any additional comments?

    I have had this book in hardback for many years. Although I had tried to read it on numerous occasions I could never really become hooked. Listening to it was a much different experience. I really enjoyed the book and am very glad I listened to it.

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    Amanda Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 06-11-12
    Amanda Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Anthropological Elizabeth Gilbert"

    Though I enjoyed this book, I would not necessarily recommend it to all those who loved Eat, Pray, Love. This is because this book is more of an anthropological exploration of marriage rather than a memoir. This book is essentially Gilbert combining things she learns about the institution of marriage with her views as she tries to reconcile the two before her own wedding. There were a plethora of interesting facts and stories, and I really enjoyed it, but dont expect part two of Eat, Pray, Love.

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    Jennifer G. Toomey Washington, DC 04-16-12
    Jennifer G. Toomey Washington, DC 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    jinefizzh

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    "A little neurotic in that EG way but thoughtul."
    Where does Committed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very nice book to listen to.


    Would you recommend Committed to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to folks who are also thinking of getting married.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a moment in the book where Elizabeth details to her betrothed all of her neurotic faults and failings. He accepts her. If you can do the same thing and get over her fraught tone and neurotic over-thinking then you will also love this thoughtful book about the benefits and liabilities of conventional and unconventional marriage.


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