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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Review: Letters to Juliet by Lise Friedman & Ceil Friedman

Letters to JulietLetters to Juliet by Lise Friedman

My rating:


The enduring legend of Shakespeare's pair of star-crossed lovers draws millions of visitors to Verona, Italy, each year. But that is just part of the story. Every day, letters, frequently addressed simply, "Juliet, Verona," arrive in the city. They come by the truckload, in almost every language imaginable, written by romantics seeking Juliet's counsel. Most of the missives talk of love, of course -love found and love lost, love sought and love remembered. And, amazingly, not one letter goes unanswered.
Letters to Juliet tells the story of these letters and the volunteers who have been writing responses for more than seven decades -volunteers who first acted privately, and who are now sanctioned by the city of Verona as part of the Juliet Club . Featuring more than seventy-five heartfelt letters, this poetic book retraces the history behind Shakespeare's tale and tours the monuments that have fueled the world''s enchantment with Juliet and her Romeo.

My Thoughts:
Letters to Juliet is my first read by Lise Friedman & Ceil Friedman. I recently watched the movie and loved it. It's a breathtaking story of love and loss.The movie has a different twist than the book. The book explores more of the world of Juilet's letters and how they came to be. The ladies of Verona have assumed the role of Secretaries of Juliet' for eight decades and has voluntarily answered each of these letters personally.

Letters To Juliet is a wonderful and imaginative take on Shakespeare's love story, Romeo and Juliet. If you are a fan of the famous Romeo and Juliet, then this is another one for the shelves. Although the love story between Sophia and Charlie(movie) is a fiction story, I found it very interesting that people do in fact, write letters to -Juliet - with the hope that "she" will bring them answers. All of the letters, since the 1930s. have received an answer. They've received 5000 letters annually, but due to the recent movie release, the letters received have grown in amount.

This novel also contains the history behind Shakespeare's tale, and beautifully describes the magic City of Verona. I only wish I could visit there one day and write a letter to Juliet myself. Letter's to Juliet is a one of a kind poetic story, fit for all. I loved both the novel and the movie, and highly recommend both!

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