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 survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.)
But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, who - 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 completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is Committed - a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood.
Gilbert's memoir - destined to become a cherished handbook for any thinking person hovering on the verge of marriage - 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 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
I like Elizabeth Gilbert because she talks about things that we only think! We only think about 'marriage' but not in the way we should. This memoir was always going to be difficult after the best seller 'Eat, Pray, Love' which is an amazing book, but this book is different, very different. This book tells us of the story of her romance a few years on and also more importantly about marriage and the things that we don't say or think that we should have before we do get ... or don't get married. Read it and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Congratulations Elizabeth you have done it again!
..... to Eat Pray Love! I bought this book thinking us readers would learn more of Elizabeth's love story with her Brazilian lover that was so beautifully unfolded for us at the end of Eat Pray Love, the big adventure the two of them were about to embark on where the book left off. However, this book starts a couple of years later in the life of the two lovers and ends abruptly with their quiet marriage. In between, for at least three quarters of the book is what only can be described as a travel guide of marriages from all around the world, how they do it in different countries, the meaning of marriage in different cultures, its not a personal account just like a reviewers study guide. I was left feeling very disappointed with this, its nothing like as described in reviews or adverts.
At first I didn't really take to this book - as it wasn't the same style as Elizabeth Gilbert's previous Eat Pray Love - but once I got past that - and listened to it a second time, I reallly got into it and totally loved it! It's not Eat Pray Love, but it's not meant to be. As a Psychologist I really enjoyed the author's thoughts, insights and explorations of her own and various other women's views on marriage - and then of course warming up to discover the sequel of her life with Philippe. I now totally love this book! even tho I didn't take to it at first listen. HIghly recommended!
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