I was expecting this to be more like Eat, Pray, Love but right from the get-go Gilbert tells us it won’t be the same. Where EPL was more about her inward journey (even though she was literally traveling), Committed was more focused on her research about marriage and her particular situation.
I first started reading this book in November 2012, and got 25% through it before my Kindle (keyboard edition) crapped out on me. I borrowed this from the library, so I had to return it via Amazon and didn’t get a new Kindle until the Paperwhite as a Christmas gift (I love it!). Fortunately, I was able to pick up around the 25% mark with a fairly decent memory of the beginning.
There were some interesting facts in there and you can tell that when she researches something she really goes all out. She discusses the history of marriage, all of its incarnations, all of its ups and downs, the fights, the need for it, the reason for it, the social perceptions, and everything in between. She does talk about her fear of marriage and perhaps she was either hoping to confirm her fears or expel them.
One thing I like about her is that she really wants and likes to learn. She’ll seek out information anywhere and in any way she can; I admire that.
If you want a general history of marriage, go ahead and read it. If you’re looking for something similar to EPL, you won’t find it here.