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Juliet - Anne Fortier
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Juliet - Anne Fortier
Advantages: Original; brilliantly written; believable
'Juliet' was an absolutely delightful read. It is written by Anne Fortier, and is a chunky book, at just over 450 pages long. 'Juliet' is a story that makes us forget the 'Romeo and Juliet' of Shakespeare, and tells us to believe that there is an old and mystical story behind the classical love story, that is quite different from the famous version that we all know, but is yet so similar.
The story begins with the death of Aunt Rose, the woman who raised and looked after twin sisters Julie and Janice, after their parents mysteriously passed away when the twins were very young. Julie and Janice's parents were from Italy, as were the girls, but after their death, the twins were sent to America to be looked after by Aunt Rose. All her life, Aunt Rose never talked about the girls' parents, and never really explained how they died. Julie and Janice were led to believe that a tragic car accident has been the reason for their deaths. It is only when Aunt Rose herself dies, that the girls, but more so Julie, discovers that there is so much she was never told about her parents. And it is this discovery that takes us back to more than 500 years ago. Not only is Julie, not really called Julie, but she is quite magically connected to the story of Romeo and Juliet, or rather Romeo and Gulietta.
I felt that this was really something of a masterpiece and will start by saying that I would highly recommend it to avid readers of fiction. I haven't really heard much about Anne Fortier or even 'Juliet' itself, and therefore I feel so very lucky to have stumbled upon this book in the library. It was an original storyline and I loved the way as we, the reader, keep moving between modern day life and the 14th century. And all of this was done without, I felt, confusion. For almost the whole book, each alternate chapter is a different time. So one minute we are in 21st century America or Sienna (Italy), the next we are in 14th century Sienna, and this constant transition feels flawless.
Many references are made to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', but Anne Fortier's Romeo and Gulietta is just as interesting a story. In fact the suggestion in this book that Shakespeare's version has originated from Romeo and Gulietta is really quite believable, and the way that the two versions are often compared side by side in 'Juliet' is very stimulating, and I often found myself just stopping every now and again whilst reading this book and thinking, 'that's brilliant!'. I think Anne Fortier has just done a magnificent job, and it's clear to me she has a fantastic imagination and original way of thinking. I know that I will definitely be looking out for more books written by her!
Like I said earlier, I would definitely recommend this book to others. Although it is probably one more for the female readers, it does have a splash of mystery thrown in, and at times is quite thrilling, so may appeal to a wider audience.
In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and will be keeping an eye out for other books by Anne Fortier.
Thanks for reading.