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Elizabeth Gilbert
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Book Description

Feb. 1 2011
The #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love--an intimate and erudite celebration of love.

At the end of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The couple swore eternal love, but also swore (as skittish divorce survivors) never to marry. However, providence intervened in the form of a U.S. government ultimatum: get married, or Felipe could never enter America again. Told with Gilbert's trademark humor and intelligence, this fascinating meditation on compatibility and fidelity chronicles Gilbert's complex and sometimes frightening journey into second marriage, and will enthrall the millions of readers who made Eat, Pray, Love a number one bestseller.

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'Like Eat, Pray, Love, her follow-up, Committed, feels irresistibly confessional ... I found myself guzzling Committed, reading it in mighty chunks, far into the night. Whenever I put it down, it was pinched by my mother or sister' Sunday Times 'An unblinkered consideration of what marriage really means' Woman & Home 'Gilbert delves deep into the history and cultural meanings of marriage, as well as into her own relationship' Financial Times 'Insightful ... She speaks for many who question the bliss in conjugal bonds, or, at least, those who want to understand how the tradition still perpetuates. For better or worse' Vogue --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims-a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares-and a novel, Stern Men. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intimacy through...marriage? Jan. 5 2010
By Grace
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, interesting, and melodramatic Jan. 5 2010
By J. Tobin Garrett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Dragged March 26 2011
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Committed Jan. 10 2013
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment Jan. 18 2010
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 which I of course was not.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sad :( Aug. 8 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the way Ms. Gilbert wrote 'Eat, Pray, Love' but found in 'Committed she rambled'. Sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Schmadrian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate this book!
Well if you wanted to spend time and money reading about why Elizabeth Gilbert is a genius and why she's so great - this is the book for you. Read more
Published 13 months ago by lkberlin
2.0 out of 5 stars Service Great
The service and price were great. But I did not like the book. There was very little story. It was all the history and rituals of marriage. Boring.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Vanessa Robar
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguingly Convincing
This is the follow up book of Eat Prey Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - a woman `burnt' by a previous marriage vowing never to get wed again ... Read more
Published on March 21 2011 by Lady Sam
2.0 out of 5 stars Put me to sleep
I agree with a previous reviewer, who said don't read this if you liked Eat Pray Love and are hoping for a sequel. I can't even get through this book. Read more
Published on March 5 2011 by BVB
5.0 out of 5 stars I am committed
Being in the same situation this book to me was brilliant and it gave me hope and to never give up on the one I love and being together ... forever.
Published on Feb. 21 2011 by Rina
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to think
I think a lot of Elizabeth Gilbert's problems could be avoided if somebody would just explain to her that 1. She's a white woman 2. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2010 by Vanessa
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
If you are anything like me and want to read this book seeing as it is the suite to Eat Love Pray... don't! Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2010 by lili
5.0 out of 5 stars I think everyone considering to get married should read this book!
I am 25 years old and am far from wanting to get married but decided to read this book because I loved Elizabeth first book Eat, Pray, Love! Read more
Published on July 27 2010 by Kimberley Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I absolutely LOVED the book Eat,Pray,Love, and I was very excited to buy this one. While the previous book had me reading until my eyes got tired, this book was work to read. Read more
Published on May 6 2010 by Marsha Baxter
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