Monday, March 1, 2010


Committed is Elizabeth Gilbert's latest memoir/non-fiction work. If you're not familiar with the Gilbert name, maybe you know the runaway hit Eat, Pray, Love, which topped all best seller charts for weeks and months on end a few years ago. She also wrote that and I believe it's soon to be a movie with Julia Roberts. Although I am too lazy to confirm that with IMDB. Just take my word for it. In Eat, Pray, Love Gilbert finds herself on a literal and figurative journey after a nasty divorce. She pretty much vows never to marry again.

And then we find ourselves in Committed, much to the author's and reader's surprise, Gilbert is about to embark on a journey into a second marriage. Born out of extenuating circumstances (her boyfriend is not a citizen), Gilbert does endless amounts of research and interviewing of various cultures and in many geographic locations to make sure this marriage does not end like her first. Committed is a marriage (pun not intended) of Gilbert's experiences and facts about the history of marriage. This is both interesting at times, and very slow at other times.

All in all, I did enjoy Committed. However, don't start with this one if you've not yet read Eat, Pray, Love. That one makes for a much better read than Committed. Sorry Liz.

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