Post # 1
I just this finished this book, and would def recommend it to anyone married or engaged or just curious about the history of the institution.
I was not the biggest fan of her Eat Pray Love ( found her to be a bit selfish, the memoir indulgent and hard to connect with) but Committed is a much better read.
Only part memoir and beautifully written, I learned some things I didn’t know before about how different societies view marriage. The book is framed as Gilbert’s journey to again convince herself of the worth of marriage after a bitter divorce.
Post # 3
I read “Committed” and felt like it was too forced and sort of boring. I thoroughly enjoyed “Eat, Pray, Love.”
Gilbert referenced another book called “The History of Marriage” by Stephanie Coontz in “Committed” quite a bit. I also read that book and found it extremely useful. It was also dry at times, but lots of very good info.
Post # 4
I liked Eat, Pray, Love but never decided to take the plunge into “Committed”. Might be alot more interesting to me now that I’m engaged…
Post # 5
I’m on spring break and my plan is to read this book.
Off to get started right now!
Post # 6
Sounds interesting! I feel like between finishing my master’s and finishing wedding plans, I might not have time to read it till after I’m married!!! 🙂
Post # 7
I was NOT a fan of Committed. It is one of only 3 books in my lifetime that I couldn’t get through (and I read a great deal). I found it to be a slow, meandering book that was fairly poorly researched.
I do work in research, with Marriage and Family as specialty though, so perhaps I’m biased
Post # 8
I really liked Committed and I have a Master’s in Psychology with quite a bit of reading time in the Marriage/Family space.
I also like Gottman and History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom. Gilbert’s Committed was marriage light but I found the side stories of Keo and his wife and a few of the other “characters” to be really moving and beautiful. I dunno. I liked it.
Post # 9
Yes, and I liked it, though when she mentions that she started another book in between “Committed” and “EPL” and trashed it in order to write this one, you can tell. “Committed” just doesn’t flow as well as “EPL,” though it’s still well written, and there were parts I enjoyed very much.