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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Viking Adult | January 5, 2010 | Hardcover

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 10.

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 bad 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.05 in

Published: January 5, 2010

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670021652

ISBN - 13: 9780670021659

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than "Eat, Pray, Love" - at least in content Both books by Elizabeth Gilbert told her personal stories - "Eat, Pray, Love" was her tale of how she bounced back from a bad marriage. "Committed" is a little different - while it tells her story, it's not all of what the book is about. Maybe that's why there are so many so-so reviews. As someone who questions the meaning and necessity of marriage in modern times, I found this book thought-provoking (not in an existential sort of way but more self-reflective). Moreover, I thought her writing was far better in this book than in EPL. Perhaps the subject matter was more suited to her particular writing style, but this book was an enjoyable read and it kept me turning the pages. (I actually only got through Eating and Praying and left Loving a quarter of the way through that journey, and returned to it a few weeks later). If you are looking for the sequel to EPL, this is not it. If you are looking for a sociological and historical (albeit fluffy) look at the institution of marriage and one person's struggle with it, you might enjoy this book just on its merits.
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Brutal I was really excited to read this book because I loved Eat Pray Love. After eat pray love I found myself wondering what comes next in fillipe's and liz's love story, what I hoped Committed woul dbe about. Except I was dissappointed when it turned out to be a book about the philosphy of marriage.
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and relevant A quick and easy read. Autobiographical and historical but relevant for today. Like having a conversation with a good friend. Gilbert addresses the questions so many women ponder prior to marriage. Even if one doesn't relate to her completely, she presents some very reasonable arguments. Being in a committed relationship for 25+ years, married young by today's standards, I was reminded of what I've learned over the years and perhaps why it has worked for me, aside from pure luck. She doesn't preach but offers hope for the institution. Maybe a good gift for a newly engaged couple.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting I just got remarried and I enjoyed this book it has some very interesting things to think about.
Date published: 2010-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I had expected..... I am an avid reader, and it takes me no time to read a novel. Yet, when I picked this up it took almost 3 months for me to get through it. I absolutely enjoyed "Eat, Pray, Love" and I guess I had higher expectations for "Committed". Everytime a new topic (or scenario) got introduced, it felt like it took 20 pages to get to the point of it. Needless to say, I was disappointed :-( Sorry
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible sorry, but what a boring book! I know of others who have enjoyed it but am finding it to be a waste of time
Date published: 2010-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a blessing. I haven't read "Eat, Pray, Love", so unlike other reviewers. I do not have any expectation when I start reading this book. Since I do not have any expectation, I can look at this book with a pair of fresh eyes. The book "Committed" to me is a blessing, I would strongly encouraged all my girl friends to read it no matter what stage they are currently in (single, married, divorced). The book answered the many many questions and doubts that I have as a woman, in the decades in which marriage is no longer a mandatory thing. When we as women do have a choice on our future compared to a few generations ago, in which marriage is demanded as necessary for financial sustainability and for some, for survival, we found ourselves confused with the options given to us. Choice is not easy; when you are given over 30+ types of cereal brands and flavours in that grocery aisle, it is not that easy to choose (although the max you could lose is a few bucks). Elizabeth Gilbert, in this book, by diving in different perspectives of marriage, from evolution, cultural, history to legal perspective, helped me to understand what marriage is and what I'm going to sign onto one day. And also, even though choice is not easy, it is a blessing when you learned that many women on the other side of the world (even your grand grand mother!) do not have the privilege of choosing their own path. The book cannot give you a definite answer for marriage, but it helps me to find what's important to me as a person, and hopefully, by going through this process, I can make the right choice at different points of my life.
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a disappointment I was looking forward to another fabulous novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, but was greatly disappointed by this one. It is boring, I couldn't get through the first 20 pages, after trying twice I put it away.
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Marriage Companion for the Modern Woman Elizabeth Gilbert never wants to marry again; nor does her partner, Felipe. In her sequel to Eat, Pray, Love, Miss Gilbert gives the modern woman historical and sociological perspectives about marriage including interviews with the most interesting people, ideas by many single and married people, reminiscences of conversations as well as serious and humorous interpretations and observations. If you are single or a divorcee planning to remarry or just love the way Elizabeth Gilbert writes, you will enjoy and learn from this witty and sometimes scary book about marriage. Miss Gilbert grows up in this book about the laws of her land and comes down to earth with a "thunk" when she realizes she and Felipe (a non-American) will have to marry to live together. It took me until Chapter 4 (Marriage and Infatuation) to really love this book and then it was clear sailing. No, this is not Eat, Pray, Love but there is an honesty in this book about our love/hate relationship with the "sacred" institution of marriage.
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so great I enjoyed Eat, Love, Pray and was looking forward to reading what happens next. I found the book boring and didn't not like it. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-02-12

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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.05 in

Published: January 5, 2010

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670021652

ISBN - 13: 9780670021659

About the Book

At the end of her bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citzenship 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 inthe form of the United States government, which-after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at the America border crossing-gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the coun

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CHAPTER TWO Marriage and Expectation A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. — Oscar Wilde A little girl found me that day. Felipe and I had arrived in this particular village after an overnight journey from Hanoi on a loud, dirty, Soviet-era train. I can’t rightly remember now why we went to this specific town, but I think some young Danish backpackers had recommended it to us. In any case, after the loud, dirty train journey, there had been a long, loud, dirty bus ride. The bus had finally dropped us off in a staggeringly beautiful place that teetered on the border with China—remote and verdant and wild. We found a hotel and when I stepped out alone to explore the town, to try to shake the stiffness of travel out of my legs, the little girl approached me. She was twelve years old, I would learn later, but tinier than any American twelve-year-old I’d ever met. She was exceptionally beautiful. Her skin was dark and healthy, her hair glossy and braided, her compact body all sturdy and confident in a short woolen tunic. Though it was summertime and the days were sultry, her calves were wrapped in brightly colored wool leggings. Her feet tapped restlessly in plastic Chinese sandals. She had been hanging around our hotel for some time—I had spotted her when we were checking in—and now, when I stepped out of the place alone, she approached me full-on. “What’s your name?” she asked. “I’m Li
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From the Publisher

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 bad 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.

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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