[PDF / Epub] O, JulietAuthor Robin Maxwell – Wildlives.co
I must admit, that I did not love this book The tale of Romeo and Juliet has never been one of my favorites, and while the new setting of Cosima d Medici s Florence was interesting, not to mention well detailed, it was simply not enough of a new turn to make me really enjoy this I just found this historical romance novel s characters to be no less sappy than their younger, original versions The constant poetry was not my cup of tea, either I am really just not the right audience for this book And the villain was of a caricature than character That is not to say that the book did not have its high points there was a lot of beauty in the book, both the physical beauty of the cover, and the physical imagery of the setting It just did not seem like that fresh of a re telling It was also a fast read, which was quite surprising since there was a remarkable lack of conflict in a book about such conflicted characters It was really the characters that soured me on this whole book. Inspired and based upon Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, but set in Renaissance Florence of 1444 and not Verona, and her Romeo and Juliet are a bit older Juliet is 18 in this story, and the novel s primary first person narrator Some chapters are told by Romeo Something in Juliet s voice just put me off from the beginning I think part of the problem is I had just recently read Sarah Dunant s excellent The Birth of Venus, published earlier, and there were several points of similarity, throwing the mediocrity of Maxwell s writing into even greater relief Dunant s Alessandra wants to be a painter, Maxwell s Juliet a poet Both tales are in first person from the heroine s point of view, both are set in 15th century Florence, both quote Dante, both heroines are closely connected with the Medici The thing though, is in reading a lot of historical fiction lately, I ve found there are two kinds of authors Those that are really romance aisle with historic trappings such as Philippa Gregory, Cecilia Holland and Elizabeth Chadwick and those with of a literary feel such as Sharon Kay Penman, Judith Merkle Riley and Sarah Dunant I d place Maxwell with the first group, and I ve been spoiled by the second I loved the idea of this novel, especially connecting the legend to the Medici, but the voice just can t carry it off One reviewer called it campy chicklit and I think that s accurate unfortunately Her Juliet sounds neither adolescent nor a woman of her times, the dialogue feels slangy modern, and the prose clunky and full of cliche And I think making her a mature teen is a mistake It s a lot easier to buy that a 14 year old acts the way Juliet does than an 18 year old Jacopo Strozzi, Juliet s betrothed, is a twirl the mustache villain complete with yellow teeth and reeking breath Nothing in this novel makes me ever want to read this author again. O Juliet is a beautifully written novel that transforms the traditional story of Romeo and Juliet into an adventurous whirlwind of love, loss, and deciet.Robin Maxwell does a beautiful job of recreating the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet into her own original plotline with characters that I can only describe as kick ass I never read historical fiction I usually find them boring and overly descriptive This book had just the right amount of description to keep a great picture in my without distracting me from the plot The plot may be a remake of that of Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, but I can not say how original this book was This book was action packed and filled with a romance that just felt so sweet and true not rushed at all I was just actually expecting a plain old romantic remake of Romeo and Juliet, but this book isn t all about romance There is betrayal , decit, disgustingly annoying characters, and terrific loveable characters The perfect blend of drama and passionate love, I coundn t get enough of this book.Juliet Capelletti is a voice to be reckoned with She is a strong role model who refuses to shrink down to the miniscule vision of women her society thrusts upon her Throw at her an arranged marriage with a disgusting lying user, and she throws back at you a hidden passionate affair that she refuses to let go of, along with clever schemes to be with the one she loves No one can stop her Romeo Monticecco, charming poetry writing Romeo Sometimes I found myself frustrated with how calm he was in his horrid situations, but as softspoken as he was, he always had a plan up his sleeves that suprised Juliet as well as myself.I was sad when this book ended It seemed like the story could just keep on going and going and I wouldn t get bored with it at all I loved the ending and everything about it O Juliet is one of my new favorite reads It had so much romance, with equal amounts of drama, beautiful descriptions, strong interesting characters all packed into one book that I refused to put down This book is based on Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, but it is completely original on its own and I found myself actually forgetting that it is based on that play I Reccomend this book to all romance lovers Any kind of romance at all this book will satisfy your cravings and have you begging for All lovers of historical fiction and lovers of the play Romeo and Juliet Robin Maxwell does a beautiful job of recreating the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet into her own original plotline with characters that I can only describe as kick ass I never read historical fiction I usually find them boring and overly descriptive This book had just the right amount of description to keep a great picture in my without distracting me from the plot The plot may be a remake of that of Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, but I can not say how original this book was This book was action packed and filled with a romance that just felt so sweet and true not rushed at all I was just actually expecting a plain old romantic remake of Romeo and Juliet, but this book isn t all about romance There is betrayal , decit, disgustingly annoying characters, and terrific loveable characters The perfect blend of drama and passionate love, I coundn t get enough of this book.Juliet Capelletti is a voice to be reckoned with She is a strong role model who refuses to shrink down to the miniscule vision of women her society thrusts upon her Throw at her an arranged marriage with a disgusting lying user, and she throws back at you a hidden passionate affair that she refuses to let go of, along with clever schemes to be with the one she loves No one can stop her Romeo Monticecco, charming poetry writing Romeo Sometimes I found myself frustrated with how calm he was in his horrid situations, but as softspoken as he was, he always had a plan up his sleeves that suprised Juliet as well as myself.I was sad when this book ended It seemed like the story could just keep on going and going and I wouldn t get bored with it at all I loved the ending and everything about it O Juliet is one of my new favorite reads It had so much romance, with equal amounts of drama, beautiful descriptions, strong interesting characters all packed into one book that I refused to put down This book is based on Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, but it is completely original on its own and I found myself actually forgetting that it is based on that play I Reccomend this book to all romance lovers Any kind of romance at all this book will satisfy your cravings and have you begging for All lovers of historical fiction and lovers of the play Romeo and Juliet www.blackandblueink.blogspot.com Like a lot of the world, I ve been captivated by the story of Romeo and Juliet ever since the first time I read it I was drawn in by the all consuming passion these two characters felt for each other and the sad circumstances that led to their end I remember thinking to myself that when I grown up I hope to have the chance to feel such an awe inspiring love for another person And once I met my husband, I knew what it was to feel that It s exhilarating, but scary at the same time In O, Juliet Robin Maxwell tackles her own version of Shakespeare s golden couple bringing new characters and plots into the mix Juliet Capalleti is the 18 year old daughter of a prominent Florentine silk tradesman, and about to be married to a hideous soon to be business partner of her father s, Jacopo While loath to let his daughter go, this is the only way he can think of to save the family business Jacopo, on the other hand, is quite happy with the situation he gets to be part of Florence s most famous silk producer and he also gets a wife, whom he plans on using as a baby making machine, while still enjoying his mistresses One night, while attending her best friend s party, Juliet meets Romeo, a member of the Capalleti s rival family the Monticecco s Drawn together by their mutual love of prose, in particular, that of Dante Alighieri, the teenagers fall in love and begin to meet in secret their affection for each other growing with each meeting As the time for Juliet s wedding to Jacopo draws closer, they become and desperate to find a way to be together.All in all, I found O, Juliet to be a very pleasant and mellifluous read Maxwell is an excellent author her descriptions of Florence and her ability to bring uniqueness to each character is a real telling of her talent Juliet is sweet, feisty, intelligent young woman, in love with the written word and not afraid to go after what she wants And Romeo, oh Romeo, is such a charming and gentle soul add into that a romantic poet and you ve got one irresistible guy Now, I do have one critique about this book it wasn t long enough I wanted O, Juliet is a great novel to curl up to by the fire, sipping hot cocoa cause chocolate is an aphrodisiac , with a little Barry White playing in the background Chocked full of passion, love and poetry, O, Juliet would be a welcome addition to any literature lover s bookshelf At some point in the not too distant past I read To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell and really enjoyed it That story revolves around the princes in the tower, Richard III and his niece Elizabeth of York While some or many of the events that unfold during the climax of the story are a bit on the highly unlikely side I liked the book very much anyway I liked the characterizations Maxwell gave to the historical figures and the relationships she described between them In particular she really brought Anthony Woodville to life for me I was excited about getting a copy of O, Juliet through the Vine program and was looking forward to reading about Romeo and Juliet, who I ve been out of touch with for over twenty years or so Unfortunately, I did not care for this story at all and I didn t finish it Maxwell introduces us to Romeo and Juliet in fifteenth century Florence However, Juliet s actions are bold even for a twenty first century girl and unfortunately they aren t believable There are many times when I ve read something that doesn t necessarily hold true to life but I am willing to over look it because the author has gotten almost everything else right and written a wonderful story in many other ways In this story I couldn t get past the unrealistic actions of the main character because it was just too big a leap for my imagination The whole reason for picking up a book like this is to read about a heartbreaking love story This was not a love story but rather a romance novel with a historical setting The whole basis for the story felt completely contrived and forced and there wasn t any chemistry between Romeo and Juliet Readers of romance novels might enjoy this, unfortunately it wasn t for me. This is a first person retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet Most of the story is told in the voice of Juliet with small bits from Romeo I liked the two voices, they are distinct and fit easily into the world in which they live, not sounding like modern people.I think this could easily be enjoyed even if you know nothing of the Shakespearean tragedy of these star crossed lovers You will be pulled into their world and hope for them both.There is a lot of depth to each of them They don t fall in love simply because he sparkles and she smells good like lunch , but Romeo admires her as much for her mind, her poetry, her conversation as much as how she looks She sees in him than his appearance She loves his personality I think that s important as the play is of a love at first sight and not much Here, we re given the reasons that they fall in love, although, yes, they each like the other s looks.The world they live in is well drawn and you can feel Juliet s frustration with the way things are and the tightrope she is trying to walk, to have a life that she wants without ruining her father s business The enmity between their families is explained, not simply some age old feud that no one remembers, but there are actual reasons for the discord.What I really liked is that there is so much with their families and the parents are fully crafted characters They are than set pieces simply shouting they hate each other.I m not going to go into details of the story other than to say that it does vary quite a bit from the Shakespeare version.I m struck by the thought that if there is an actual historical basis for these two and if their lives did, in fact, end in tragedy, that actually they did succeed They are always together Can you think of Juliet without thinking of Romeo Did Shakespeare reincarnate and publish a book in 2010 It is very evident that everyone is fascinated on the way Shakespeare had written works, rich, classy and mostly tragic Robin Maxwell has brought forth a retelling of Shakespeare s ever famous Romeo and Juliet with the additional side stories narrated.We only knew how Rome and Juliet had shared their love but never knew of their personal lives On the cover, it says Their love was the stuff of legend But the legend is only half the story O, Juliet brings the readers to the extended love story of the two.Maxwell s version of Romeo and Juliet as from the two warring families of Monticecco and Capelleti, respectively, is very vivid We have seen the other side of them, Juliet is presented as a clever young girl who adores Dante as much as she adores poetry As betrothed to a man that she doesn t love, she had showed how strong and brave she is to prove what her real feelings are.Romeo is still seen as a witty man, and just like Juliet, he loves Dante It is good that Maxwell has shown in some parts of the novel some stories in the point of view of Romeo From here, we could understand how he dwells with the tragic love story of them.From some historical novels that I have read, this one is the best, yet, for Maxwell introduced the extended tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, without the fear of giving a sort of rendition to the ever famous Shakespeare Maxwell teaches and entertains the same time This novel is a contemporary classic. 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I loved the original Romeo and Juliet, and as much as I respect Maxwell s craft and talent, I found her interpretation lazy The story was so very similar, without much originality And what was concocted, was on the coat tails of her other novel, Signora Da Vinci To add insult to injury, there were sentence fragments peppered throughout the novel, as well as modern day idioms Additionally, Maxwell stole several of Shakepeare s work, adding a handful of his quotes throughout her novel Isn t this the definition of plagiarism All of this sadly had me thinking over and over one word lazy In retrospect, I suspect that had I not been a fan of the original Romeo and Juliet I still would ve found this book trite Even worse to me is the idea of any modern day author presuming they could tell a better story that arguably the world s best poet So, again, although I love Maxwell s original works, I just wasn t a fan of this read I gave two stars only for the imagery she painted in the story, which was the only glory I believe she can claim for this novel.