Book 54: Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted June 15, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments


About: 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 married. (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.

What I Loved:  As a History Buff–I absolutely love that this is more of a history lesson on marriage (and all that encompasses. Ms. Gilbert did an amazing amount research on this topic all across the globe.  She was non-judgmental and really kind of just presented the facts.

What I Liked:  I listened to this on Audio book (just as I did Eat, Pray, Love) and I think it made me like the book more.  Elizabeth reads her own book, so she is very good at conveying what she is feeling during the reading.  This adds a whole layer to the book that I think might be missing in the print version.

Why I gave it a 4:  This audio book was wonderful.  I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about commitment and the history of it through out the world.  I also love that at different points she was good at making sure that the reader also knows that there is a good amount of happiness in being single too.  If you love history and personal stories then you will enjoy this (as long as the topic appeals to you).

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