The author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ takes a thorough look at one of life’s most sought-after social constructs: marriage.
The millions of fans who were whisked off their feet by Elizabeth Gilbert’s whirlwind travels in “Eat, Pray, Love” might initially be disappointed by Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, Gilbert’s newest nonfiction work. While the former took readers on a tour of the world, the latter takes them on a journey through Gilbert’s thoughts.
But despite the dramatic difference in structure and the accompanying pace this new form creates, “Committed” stands on its own two feet.
The book opens with Gilbert and her boyfriend, Felipe, whom readers of “Eat, Pray, Love” may remember meeting at the end of that book. Traveling the globe “like witnesses in some odd international protection program,” the two also spend time at their US home base when Felipe has a proper visa. Observers and participants to the destructive power of divorce and the messy complications it can reap, the lovebirds have promised each other devotion, but had made a pact never to marry.
Unfortunately for them, the universe has other plans. After flying into the United States, Felipe and Gilbert find themselves in an interrogation room being told they must ring the bells of holy matrimony if Felipe ever wants to enter the country again. So the couple hits the road, spending time in Southeast Asia while their immigration papers are prepared. Gilbert decides to learn as much as she can about her greatest fear: marriage.