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
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.
Elizabeth Gilbert does a good job interviewing people from other cultures about marriage. Those parts were very interesting. However, I was so tired and annoyed of the author's liberal rants about every social issue under the sun. It took away from the enjoyment of the book. I really liked "Eat, Pray, Love" but this book is a serious let down. The author over analyzes every aspect of life and marriage to the point of annoyance.
Do we really need to know every detail about her thoughts on marriage? This book was self indulgent to put it mildly. Yes, I understand, she has issues with marriage, but enough is enough. Eat, Pray, Love was interesting and relatable. But she really should have stopped there.
This is a pleasant audiobook. It's not as insightful or enjoyable as Eat, Pray, Love, but a few of the chapters are quite funny. Gilbert does not offer any new insights into marriage, and she does not touch the inherent sexism of the institution, but she does a decent job navel gazing.
Committed is a honest and informative read which is the continuation of the story of Liz's relationship with Felipe from the monumental best seller Eat, Pray, Love. It combats the whimsical idea of happily-ever-after by providing insight into making happiness and companionship last after that initial burning of loves penetrating arrow becomes merely an annoying sting. I find this to be a refreshing "love" story which every woman should read to help bring reality to their own love fantasy.
I recently got married, so I think I found this story more fascinating then at any other time in my life. If you are recently married or interested in the evolution of marriage, what "causes" divorces and women's rights this is a good read.
An excellent writer. When she is telling her story, she is wonderful. When she is discussing the history of marriage or editorializing, I found myself losing interest.
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