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
Whether you are thinking about getting married or a newlywed or married for awhile, this book will speak to you like a best friend we all wish she could and would. You listen and think, along with a brilliant yet vulnerable woman, who is going through the same journey as you are going through, with all the confusion and conviction regarding marriage, without judgment but only deep understanding of humanity. I feel grateful at many levels to have listened to this book.
It is right up there in my top 20 favorites.
Obviously, it was Liz herself. I appreciated her struggles to come to terms with marrying for the second time and her exploration of the entire concept of marriage in the legal sense of the word. Her curiosity and honesty is refreshing and heartfelt.
Elizabeth reads as if she was sitting across from you in a cafe, telling you a story. Her style is very natural and her voice draws you right in and carries you along.
When they were in limbo, waiting for approval to get married, wandering around southeast Asia. The real struggles that they went through to cope with the stress and the uncertainty of their situation.
I have been married for 25 years and got married after I "grew up", in my mid 30's. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the ideas of marriage, how it has changed over the centuries, and the reasons people choose to get married. It is a beautiful book. I will recommend it to many of my friends~married, single and divorced.
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.
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