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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

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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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    Elizabeth Atlanta, GA, USA 02-06-10
    Elizabeth Atlanta, GA, USA 02-06-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Just what I needed to hear"

    I really enjoyed her writing in Eat, Pray, Love - and I enjoy her way of telling a story so I was looking forward to this. Little did I know that I would be faced with the prospect of getting married for the first time, in my 40s, just as I was starting this book.

    I am almost as ambivalent as Elizabeth was and this book calmed me down with facts as well as great narrative. I loved the stories about how women in other cultures view their husbands.

    I'm sure I'll have to listen to this again for some reassurance that it CAN work. I know she said she really wrote the book for just a handful of the women in her life, but secretly, she wrote it for me too.

    Thanks

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    Janine 07-17-15
    Janine 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I kept getting annoyed"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lovely as Ever"

    As a financially independent "modern" woman who is happily living with my boyfriend of 7 years and cannot figure out why my parents want us to marry so badly ... this is a wonderful read. It takes you through the history and cultural value of marriage and while I'm excited for my future wedding, I'm also even more so content with my current outlook on marriage today and what it means to me.

    I understand where my parents are coming from but more importantly I understand why I view it so differently than they did. My favorite part of this book was learning about the hmong women. I couldn't stop laughing at the clear cultural differences and language barriers that led to an awkward but warming exchange. And the conclusion Gilbert draws is careful and insightful. Lovely as ever, Gilbert.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Refreshing take on marriage"

    I was completely surprised by the substance of this book. It was honest, interesting, and enjoyable.

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    Ben 07-12-17
    Ben 07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A good book for men as well"

    The target audience of this book is female, but it has profound reflections for both sexes. I enjoyed the various perspectives from which the institution of marriage was examined. I'd recommend it to anyone contemplating deeper commitments and especially taking the plunge. It's definitely worth 8 hours and a credit.

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    RGF 06-18-17
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    "easy to listen to. Interesting perspectives."

    Leaves you wondering if they're still together.
    I have eight words left to submit review.

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    Danielle Stewart 03-23-17 Member Since 2016

    I love crime/legal thrillers, true crime, books about nutrition and personality disorders. Always love recommendations!

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    "Haven't read Eat, Pray, Love but...."
    Would you listen to Committed again? Why?

    Yes. I really loved Gilbert's insight and have an easy time relating to her. I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love so I am not polarized by Gilbert's reputation. I think even if you did not like her big hit, you can still love this book. And if you love her already, well then this book is great for anyone trying to figure out love after a lot of pain.


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    Peter Bellingham, WA, USA 03-18-17
    Peter Bellingham, WA, USA 03-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love listening to her!"

    I could listen to Elizabeth Gilbert talk forever. It doesn't even matter the subject--although this is one that is near and dear to me right now...

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    Jerry 02-03-17
    Jerry 02-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Title Does Not Tell the Whole Story..."

    A casual study in comparative religion, sociology, and companionship. Could be required reading for persons wishing to create a long-term relationship. It is a wonderfully human, and tender account of two adults more interested in building than destroying. The story drew me in and owned me till Gilbert was done with me. I call it a "must read."

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    Public name 11-29-16
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    "charmingly written overview of Western marriage"

    A must read for everyone considering marriage, divorce, or remaining single. A thoughtful answer to "who invented marriage?"

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