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  • Juliet’s Answer

  • One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak
  • By: Glenn Dixon
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, Italy. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet - letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world to Juliet's hometown, people who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart. Glenn's journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he becomes involved in unraveling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet.

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  • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

  • By Craig on 08-07-18

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book came to me at an interesting time in my life. I was teaching English literature abroad and had just begun my Romeo and Juliet unit when this came out. Was it fate? Glenn Dixon brings Verona to life through this uplifting tale of significant change in his life. I found this to be both fascinating and entertaining, as well as (hilariously at times) relatable when it comes to teaching, as the author paints his teaching career as a partial backdrop to this story. In addition to enjoying the memoir in its own right, I also learned so many interesting tidbits that I was able to share with my students - always helpful when trying to make the Shakespeare units more exciting!

This is a casual sort of read that I found to be quite charming and enjoyable. His passion for literature is evident and contagious, leading me to daydream numerous times about going to Verona and following in his footsteps. By no means do you need to be a teacher, or lover of literature for that matter, to appreciate this book. To be human is to love, and this is in part one man's search for love and the elusive cure for heartbreak, and another part curiosity meets wanderlust. Roads most of us have traveled in our lives. While helping others understand love through the Club di Giulietta letter program, he himself sought to understand love amidst the backdrop of Verona.

I no longer teach, but the wonderful memories I have will stay with me for the rest of my life. I'm happy to say that this book plays a small role in that chapter of my life, and I am grateful for having listened to it on my commute and afternoon walks during my lunch break. I, too, was away in a foreign land and found a friend in these pages. Thanks Glenn for sharing your heartwarming story!