The first two thirds of this book I thought were excellent and then, for me, it seemed to get muddled and somewhat slow and depressing in the last thi...moreThe first two thirds of this book I thought were excellent and then, for me, it seemed to get muddled and somewhat slow and depressing in the last third. Not terribly fond of the ending but that does not affect my rating. I think this book could have benefited from a good editor with a sharper pencil. Fifty to one hundred pages could go in my opinion. Like some other reviewers I got a little tired of reading about bands I had never heard of and Claire's step by step construction on her artwork. It almost seemed as though the author was trying to impress us with her knowledge. Also Claire's flings and some of the language she used to describe their lovemaking seemed very out of character for her.
Five stars for the excellent layout of the book, the use of first person accounts, and excellent date and age annotations. I thought the time travel was handled very well, although a genetic reason seemed a bit scientifically lame, but that is neither here nor there. The time travel worked very well despite the cause. Had the last third of the book been a little cleaner, and not so grim and ponderous, I would have given it 5 stars. (less)
I am afraid to say anything about this book after reading some of the comments for Eat Pray Love. Wow, some people really dislike Gilbert. I find I ha...moreI am afraid to say anything about this book after reading some of the comments for Eat Pray Love. Wow, some people really dislike Gilbert. I find I have to agree with all their criticism, yet I am not ready to tie Gilbert to the stake and throw a match on the kindling.
Maybe I don't expect as much out of a book or person. Yes, Gilbert is self centered and neurotic, but for the most part, so are the rest of us.
Committed, is not EPL2. It is a different book and I believe a more mature book. She presents an interesting history and exploration of the customs of marriage in other cultures. There is still Gilbert at the center of all this, and she still has her faults but not to the glaring degree that EPL was criticized for.
If you loved EPL, you may find Committed to be a bit more stodgy and not nearly full of breathless wonder. Of the two books, I liked Committed better, because there was a lot of interesting stories on marriage customs and a little less of Gilbert's self infatuation. Having said that however, I must say that in EPL there were some pearls in the Pray section that were worthy of tolerating Gilbert's immaturity. One was the Hopi notion that each of man's religions is a thread that will eventually braid into a rope to pull humanity to the next level. For me that single idea, was worth the price of the book.
The pearl in Committed was the notion that marriage is a subversive act against authority. I had never thought of it that way and it made me think of notion that Chris Hedges spoke of in an interview. He said that in war zones, he sought refuge with couples in love to preserve his sanity. For some undefined reason, loving couples were the only people who could see through all the hate and propaganda of the war and were able to speak intelligently about it. That to me is a remarkable statement. It is one of those things that gives me a great deal of faith in humanity, that a woman and man in love with each other can see the world in the worst of circumstances with far more clarity than we can observe on our own. Gilbert's Committed further strengthened my faith that women and men are meant to live together in loving relationships which sometimes are very messy, yet essential to our sanity. (less)
If you have not read Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, do not read this book. Read these two first, starting with Tattoo....moreIf you have not read Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, do not read this book. Read these two first, starting with Tattoo.
There are times in this book when you think Larrson is being paid by the word, and you may feel as though putting it down. Read on it is worth it. Excellent final book to the series even if it does bog down in places. What a shame Larrson died! (less)