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.
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Very enjoyable...well written and easy to listen to the dulcet tones of Elizabeth Gilbert herself.
Loved this book
Elizabeth Gilbert was destined to be a writer AND to read audiobooks. She just gets it, the whole concept of storytelling.Of course this book was a self justification, Elizabeth is frank about it. She is so honest in her writing and so well researched and most of all she is not trying to appeal to any one group. I loved it as an extension of Eat, Pray, Love.
This book was shocking. Comes across as a self centered justification for her own choices, completely moulded for her benefit and not a centered or balanced argument. Nowhere near as enjoyable as the storytelling Eat, Pray, Love. Don't waste your money.