Anyone who has been divorced understands the skepticism with which a person subsequently views the institution of marriage. It is this apprehension that “Eat, Pray, Love” author Gilbert embraces in her book “Committed”. Gilbert fans will remember “Felipe”, the Brazilian man Gilbert meets in EPL. They embark on a global love affair and make lasting vows to one another, one of which includes never getting married as both have endured heart-wrenching divorces and pledge never to put themselves into such a position again. Life has other plans, however, when Liz and Felipe attempt to settle in Philadelphia, only to be told that Felipe is being deported by Homeland Security. The only way to legally get Felipe back into the U.S. is to marry him. Liz and Felipe, still adamantly opposed to changing their stance on marriage, now have no choice. So Liz embarks on a study of western marriage philosophy, of sorts, in order to get her mind around something she vowed never to do again.
Filled with real life struggles, funny anecdotes, and philosophical viewpoints, this is a fun “tour” around different perspectives that various individuals and cultures have when it comes to the lifelong commitment that is marriage. By no means comprehensive and by no means terribly conclusive, Gilbert doesn’t offer earth-shattering insights. This is only her journey into how she came to realign herself with something that had once irrevocably scarred her. Don’t expect this to shatter any long-held beliefs you might have. This is only one woman’s trek that provides her with enough courage to try again.
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