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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143118706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143118701
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 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 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 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Schmadrian TOP 1000 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Williams on July 27 2010
Format: Hardcover
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! But this is just as good as her first book. It really makes you think about marriage and understand it because I think there are a lot of women out there that don't really think about what "marriage" is just that they want to do because that is what people have done in the past. This gives a lot of insight to the whole history and concept of marriage more than just the tradition bride in a white big dress and being known as "the one." After reading this book I still am skeptical of marriage as now a days more and more people are not getting married and that seems like the new trend...but I love that I am more knowledgable about marriage and it's history just after reading this book. It's a good book for women who are single, engaged and married. I think all women should understand marriage and it's past.

Great Book!
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