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Review of Juliet’s Answer by Glenn Dixon

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 28/02/2017 - 16:48

Dixon’s unfortunate experience with unrequited love inspires his decision to travel  to Verona, the Italian home of Shakespeare’s famous doomed young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

He voluntarily takes on the task of responding to the tragic heroine’s mountains of mail, a strange onslaught of letters sent to her out of desperation from the world’s hopeless romantics. Out of a long burning interest in the play, and a feeling of being lost in love, Dixon diligently stations himself at a desk, acting on each plea for advice to mend what has been broken.

While he struggles to offer strangers comfort and hope, he reflects on the pain, promise and the necessity of his most inexplicable emotion. The shared loneliness, provides him not only with much-needed comfort, but a deeper understanding of what romantic love really is and what it means to those who experience it. With each letter, he questions his own misguided choices, and in time, finds much-needed clarity and perspective.

When Glenn returns home to Canada and resumes his duties as an English teacher, he undertakes a lively reading of Romeo and Juliet with his students, engaging them in passions past and present. But in an intriguing reversal of fate and fortune, his students, along with an old friend, instruct the teacher on the true meaning of love, loss, and moving on.

Juliet’s Answer is a well written memoir with a predictable but yet satisfying ending. Its overarching lesson will come as no surprise to anyone who has gone through heartbreak. It is a story of love, heartbreak and love again.

 

About the Author

Glenn Dixon is the author of three books,  His first novel, In the Teeth of the Gods, is a historical fantasy describing the apocalypse of the Mayan civilization. In it, the gods play a great ballgame with the mortals of the Earth, causing the collapse of the Mayan throne.

He has also written two books of non-fiction. Pilgrim in the Palace of Word is: a journey through the 6000 languages of Earth and, due in April 2013, Tripping the World Fantastic:is about the music of our planet.

Dixon has worked on documentary films from Tibet to the Amazon and he plays guitar in a band called Global Chilling. He lives and works in Calgary, Canada.

He died at on the 24th of November 1991, in Santa Monica, California, USA.

 

 Sources

www.theglobeandmail.com

www.goodreads.com

www.nerdprobs.com

www.publishersweekly.com

 

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