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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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    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

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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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    04-16-12
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    "Every young woman should read this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Liz brings interesting insights into feminism, marriage, relationships and self-awareness in a humorous and enjoyable read. It is a 'self help' book with a great narrative.


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    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 04-10-12
    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 04-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Personal Experience Meets Research"

    I love Elizabeth's writing. She is so personal and open about her experiences and her opinions I love the real world research she includes in this book, the depth she dives into about marriage and relationships. It is an interesting perspective, very different from the way I was raised, but I appreciate new opinions and ideas. I think this will offer some good insight to anyone who is deeply in love, wanting to get engaged or even already married like myself. Different from the first book, but I enjoyed a new read from Elizabeth. I hope she does more in the future.

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    Jen 12-27-11
    Jen 12-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I made myself finish"

    I hated this book. My book club made me read it and we changed our rules about what we'll read because of it.

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    Allison Sacramento, CA, United States 12-15-11
    Allison Sacramento, CA, United States 12-15-11
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love this continue story of Liz and Felipe and how they ended up breaking their rule of no marriage. It was interesting to me as I thought as well I would never get married again but here I go. To here her talk about how she is a skeptic of marriage really resonated with me. While listening to the story I would catch myself calling my boyfriend Darling just as Felipe calls Liz.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very satisfying to hear the continued story of Liz and Felipe; after listening to Eat, Pray, Love. With Love being my favorite part I was left wonder just what happened to them. Additionally I loved the anthropological aspect to the story, I learned so much about marriage and how it varies all over the world yet in many respects is the same. It gave me some food for thought on my up coming marriage to my beloved. While I am sure it was not ment to be a self help book it did have that effect somewhat on me.

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    Kelly 12-12-11
    Kelly 12-12-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to Committed again? Why?

    Possibly, to review the history of marriage that she presents.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: learning about the history of marriage and the possible factors that have caused its decline in America.


    What about Elizabeth Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    She is an excellent writer and very easy to listen to.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am happily married and fully believe in marriage as a sacred sacrament, but listened to this book to help myself understand what so many people have against marriage these days. It helped, though I do have hope that the author finds peace in marriage as a beautiful form of lifelong committment.

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    Bill Green 11-28-11
    Bill Green 11-28-11
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    "Liz Gilbert's take ont he history of marriage"

    We've heard a lot lately about the sanctity of marriage. Gilbert embarks on an unintended round the world quest to figure out what is this thing we call marriage, where did it come from and what will it mean for her.

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    R. Strauss 06-07-11
    R. Strauss 06-07-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Different, but just as good."

    Committed is a very different book than Eat, Pray, Love, however, it is just as good. That said, I would only recommend this book to people who are interested in learning about marriage - how it came to be, how the church got involved, etc.

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    elpaso 06-02-11
    elpaso 06-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "hmmm"

    Not so exciting. Could have skipped this one. I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love. This one, not so much.

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