REVIEW: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m in the minority of people who read Eat, Pray, Love and had a lukewarm reaction to it, so I wasn’t eager to read Committed at first.  A few friends who are EPL devotees told me that although it can be read as a sequel to EPLCommitted is nothing like it, so I gave it a shot.

Perhaps it was due to the fact that I listened to the audiobook rather than reading its written form, I thought this book was full of win!  Ms. Gilbert’s writing can be somewhat long-winded at times; therefore, had I read this book in written form, I would have found parts boring and mundane, yet I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ms. Gilbert narrate her story to me.

This was much more a history lesson than memoir, IMO. I thoroughly enjoyed the seamless weaving of history on the legality and religious aspects of the institution of marriage with Ms. Gilbert’s timidity and skepticism with walking down the aisle a second time herself. I’m always open to learning something I didn’t know. It’s about Liz and Felipe essentially but thankfully I wasn’t bombarded by Ms. Gilbert indulgently droning on and on with just her feelings on the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the marriage institution.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

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