Juliet’s Answer / Glenn Dixon / Affirm Press / 2017 / ISBN 9781925475012 / 250 Pages / Memoir
Book Blurb –
Nursing a broken heart, Glenn Dixon sets off to the home of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in search of a cure.
In Verona, he volunteers to become one of the ‘secretaries’ who answer thousands of letters sent to Juliet each year from lovelorn people around the world longing to understand the mysteries of the human heart.
Against the irresistibly romantic backdrop made famous by two star-crossed lovers, Glenn begins to learn the true meaning of love, lose and moving on.
Best of all, he learns that love often appears when you least expect it…
My Thoughts –
I am a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet and their epic love story, so when I saw this book at the shops with the premise of Romeo and Juliet as the backdrop of the writer’s love life, I knew I had to get it and read it. As a fan of memoirs and any books that are about real people’s lives, I knew it was going to be good, but after reading it, I now know that it was great.
The book follows the real-life story of the author of the book Dixon and his mission to find out why people fall in love, and really, why he has such a crummy love life. Really, it’s about a man whinging about his love life, but the difference is, he goes and learns about it, works out the truths and lies of it all and in the meantime, goes to Italy to do so.
The author Dixon was a teacher for a very long time, with a long history of failed relationships and the one relationship he just couldn’t get over. But then when he goes to Italy and starts writing replies to the letter people send from all over the world to Juliet, he discovers some personal truths. He becomes a Secretary of Juliet, and by reply to these love letters, Dixon learns about himself, the history of the star-crossed lovers and makes new Italian friends in the meantime. With life moving on without him, Dixon up and quits his teaching job and goes back to Italy. Without wanting to spoil the book, there is a happily ever after, but not the one you would think it would be.
“Love, then, is an addiction-as anyone who has ever truly been in love can affirm. It takes us over, wholeheartedly, and makes us do pretty foolish things. The letters I’d been reading were a testament to that, as was my own experience” page 29.
This book is a memoir and it is a great one at that. It is inspiring and intriguing and downright painfully full of heart break, mostly of the authors himself, but also for readers too. There is a lot of research in this book, which kind of takes away from the love story that is trying to be written, but some of it is very interesting, whilst other bits are just worth scanning over.
If you are looking for a heartbreaking kind of book that will make you think and feel about love and your own love life, then this is the book for you to get and read. I’m sure it will make you think of a few things that have happened to you.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 Booky Stars!
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