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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143118706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143118701
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Grace on Jan. 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
I adore Eat, Pray, Love for a variety of reasons. This book however, is not Eat, Pray, Love. Thankfully, it doesn't pretend to be. My advice: don't read "Committed" if you are hoping to lose yourself in a compelling story, because you might get bored. Read it if you are interested in learning about marriage - what it is and what it is not, why it sometimes works and why it sometimes doesn't - and are prepared to examine your own assumptions about this beautiful yet fraught concept.

Some readers may not consider this work an adequate sequel to EPL for stylistic reasons - the storyline is more focused, the tone more somber, and the laughs rarer. But I'm not one of them. For me (and I can only speak for myself), EPL was a pleasure to read because it helped me learn more about myself and my relationship to relationships, which is precisely what "Committed" succeeds at doing. What could be more useful than a book that celebrates not only marriage, but the self inquiry and interpersonal work required to sustain one? For that matter, what could ultimately be more romantic?
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Tobin Garrett TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to give this book 3 1/2 stars, but Amazon doesn't let fence-sitters like me give halfies, so 4 stars it is. Also, I wanted to say first off that I'm a man (and in my twenties), so not necessarily the target audience for this book (that's not a sexist remark, but fact, as Gilbert always refers to the reader as if they are a woman). The second thing I wanted to say was that I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love and so will not be able to compare this book to her last book, which is probably a good thing, since the last one was so freakishly successful. The reason I did pick up this book was because I watched her talk on TED.com regarding artistic geniuses and thought her a very well spoken, funny, and interesting gal. I also am skeptical about marriage, and so this book seemed like it would be a good one.

It is a good one. Mostly. The parts for me that were the best were the when Gilbert let her journalistic voice shine through. Her investigation through history of what marriage means and how it has changed in Western society was very interesting and I found myself surprised at some of the historical information she uncovered, especially the fact that in early Christian society marriage was looked upon as something undesirable. It was interesting how fluid marriage has been, how easily changed and manipulated over time, considering how many conservatives on their soap boxes in the present day like to speak about how the tradition of marriage is being ruined by allowing gays to marry, etc.

Gilbert's historical, philosophical, and moral explorations of marriage are the strongest part of this book for me, especially when she explores her own family's history and relates some charming tales about her mother and grandmother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SFH on March 26 2011
Format: Paperback
I had high expectations for this one but it is more of an essay than a story. Also extremely difficult to get through if you ae looking for an enjoyable read. Very well researched & thorough just does not have the same life to it as Eat, Pray, Love.
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By Louise Richard on Jan. 10 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I never finished reading this book as I lost interest in continuing to read it. It was boring...Repetitious.A disapointment to me
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly on Jan. 18 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is nothing like Eat, Pray, Love, which unfortunately I was hoping it would be. I was looking for a light, easy, entertaining read like her last big hit, but this one is heavy, angry and a bit depressing. I thoroughly love reading books but this one took me a lot of effort to get through. Her writing style was so different than Eat, Pray, Love too. It seemed like she was trying too hard to make her book eloquent, thus making for a much more difficult read in my opinion.

It is more of a factual book, where I was looking for more of a romantic storey line. My expectations were not met, and that was all. Read it if you are open to learning the history of marriage....in which I of course was not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Schmadrian TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
I admire Ms Gilbert's approach to the subject. This book is a carefully considered confessional-

And I guess I should stop right there: anyone who saw 'Eat, Love, Pray' as 'self-indulgent' or 'crap on every level', keep moving. There's really nothing for you here.

So this book is about the author approaching her second marriage, and while she does, while she's mired in all the post-9/11 complications of marrying a 'foreigner', she provides some pretty fascinating insight into the history of marriage, how it's perceived in various parts of the world, while throwing into the mix the specifics of her own experiences (and those of her parents, specifically). The result is an satisfying read...for those open to the examination. (And I do have to add that if you like her writing style...because she's written for so many men's magazines, I suppose you could put it under that banner...then the subject matter will be received well by you. While if you're not a fan of how she writes, then once again, keep moving.)

I was especially touched by how she was able to relate some of the more personal elements of her investigation. For example, this:

"She was happy because she had a partner, and because they were building something together, and because she believed deeply in what they were building and because it amazed her to be included in such an undertaking."

This is not a groundbreaking book. It is, in its own way, a 'beach book'; not too much substance, not too much fluff...but stirring enough to have you gazing out at the water, having been sent off on your own examinations.
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