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'm a researcher by nature, and this book provides a thorough examination of the logical/emotional aspects of matrimony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So far, no, but I am now a fan.
Yes. Chuckle at times
Listen to this book if you are a women and especially if you are a young woman.
seemed like she just wanted another book to sell, not nearly as interesting as other books.
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.
A very nice book to listen to.
I would recommend it to folks who are also thinking of getting married.
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.
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.
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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