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 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.
I LOVED this book. She has such a way with words, and to hear the actual author read her own book and her own story, made it extra special. I loved the history she includes about marriage, and the discussion of marriage in other cultures. I would highly recommend this book.
Semi-retired, entrepreneur, age 68. Trained in applied science. 35 years experience in communications.
I loved the story line & International research of details to back up the main idea.
I don't want to say I love her book, I love her as a person as much as Possible without actually meeting her.
Sounds creepy but really it's amazing how much she has calmed me in a time of my life where I felt panicked and lost.
She's so animated in her narrating because you can tell she is re-living her story as she tells it!
She is relatable, humble, honest, vulnerable in all the ways that make you connect to her.
It so strongly contagious! I've never once finished an audiobook or a book from cover to cover since high school...until I read Big magic, which forced me to listen to eat pray love, and then this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of her words and her voice!
I will never be the same, thank you Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Gilbert write a compelling argument to herself about marriage. I must say I quite frankly enjoy this book. I have many of the same questions about marriage too. So it's nice to know, I'm not the only one with the same problem.
not as good as the first, but overall not bad. I don't really like how she takes God completely out of marriage considering her personal journey in 1st memoir. other than that is was very insightful.
I'm going to listen to this book again right away! It's filled with great stories and experiences about other cultures and traditions and gives a great perspective of why people marry.
I can relate so much to Elizabeth Gilbert and her desire for a union not controlled by the government. Her connection to her boyfriend shows that she really loves him and doesn't need a marriage to define their relationship.
I've only read Eat, Pray, Love but this was the first book by her that I listened to and I'm glad I did.
The part of the book that moved me was when they were at the airport and had to question their beliefs about marriage. I think a lot of couples who are from different countries can relate to this situation or fear.
As a born-again Christian, I wasn't sure what to expect or think about a secular both like this. I am so glad I read it (well, listened to it).
The author's delivery and performance was awesome. More important was her message: what she shared. Some things don't agree with my worldview, yet, over all I was granted this wonderful look and understanding into the world of a woman's mind, and how least one woman, and through case studies other women, think about marriage. It was really delightful, inspiring, and I loved it: I couldn't stop listening.
As a guy in his 40s who's never been married, the biggest benefit I got from this book is it really made love and relationships so much more accessible to me and made me really fall in love with both.
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