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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Committed A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage Author:Elizabeth Gilbert At the end of her bestselling 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 mar... more »ried. (Both were survivors of previous horrific 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.« less
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I think some people, myself included, expected this to be a more personal story about Elizabeth Gilbert and Felipe. In some ways, I was pleasantly surprised that there was much more to this book. I really enjoyed the book as a whole and found the research, history and wide-range of information on marriage, traditions, etc. to be very interesting. As a divorced woman, I could relate completely to her description of divorce and its aftermath! I love her writing style - she never seems to take herself too seriously. I'd highly recommend this book, but if you are looking for a cutesy, romantic story about her and her future husband, don't bother. While she does share some personal details and stories of their romance, it is a non-fiction book about marriage, with some info thrown in there about various cultures, histories and feminisim.
Marc B. reviewed Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage on
Helpful Score: 7
Marc Belanger's Review
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Its been said that information is easy to come by, but insight is harder to find. This statement couldn't be proven more true than in Elizabeth Gilbert's new book Committed A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. In this NYTimes bestseller, Elizabeth explores the natural, and oftentimes unnatural, evolution of marriage in our society and beyond. All the while, she cleverly weaves in her own struggle with this issue and circumstances she was in as a result of them.
Without repeating the details written on the book sleeve, it should be known that Elizabeths gradual move from anti-matrimony to marry-me-honey was not one of ease and freewill. In this book she uses the plot of her own current life experience to explore thousands of years of marriage rituals, rites, and rights. All this is then siphoned through the brilliant mind and eyes Elizabeth Gilbert and, in the end, resulting in a profound and deeper understand of what was, what could be, and what very well might be in the future for marriage. Elizabeths brilliance at developing sentences that are strong but flowing keep you learning and active without feeling worked. Her ability to turn an unseemly event into a thoughtful breakthrough is like no other sometimes simple, always profound.
Man, woman, gay, straight, married, divorced, or not even close to thinking about it, this is a book you will connect with. A book you will learn from. A book that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder.
This is not a book you rush home to curl up in bed with. It is slow moving, and more of a historical study of the evolution of marriage/marriage in different cultures than it is a story about Elizabeth and Felipe. It can be pretty dry in certain spots, but Gilbert's antecdotes and metaphors were so beautiful and memorable that it made the book worth reading.
I couldn't get into this book. I never read her book, "Eat, Pray, Love" but don't think that was necessary to glean something from this one. I was most interested in her personal story but found the individual accounts of those she researched about married life too dry for my taste. I am not a lover of short stories within a book and this felt like it to me. I skipped through the middle and read the last couple of chapters to satisfy my curiosity as to what happened with her and Felipe.
Though this is marketed as the sequel to "Eat, Pray, Love" (and it is), it is more about the history of marriage practices throughout the world and thoughts about the subject from the author and various other scholars. It does follow Elizabeth and Felipe after the previous book ends, so it was nice to get into that again, but I was slightly disappointed in this story because I was so in love with "Eat, Pray, Love" and did not find this match up to its greatness. I enjoyed the story and the opinions, but I will most likely not be reading this over and over like its predecessor.
Linda M. reviewed Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage on
I enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert's style of writing, I feel like I'm there listening to her talk. Her insights into marriage are interesting, but not too enlightening. I knew much of the info already. A fun read, nonetheless.