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Juliette Ascending [Paperback]

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Juliette Ascending by Rosemary Poole-Carter

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Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Top
ISBN  1929976410  
ISBN13  9781929976416  

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More About Rosemary Poole-Carter

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rosemary Poole-Carter is a playwright and a novelist. Her plays include "Death Behind the Tabloids, Inconvenient Women, The Little Death, "and "Mossy"" Cape," Her novels include "Juliette Ascending "and "What Remains," She lives in Houston, Texas.

Rosemary Poole-Carter currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.

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I Love This Book!  Apr 28, 2008
Ms. Poole-Carter's rendition of "Romeo and Juliette" is a sweet breath of fresh air. She has weaved her unique style into this timeless story of romance and intrigue, and has brought her characters to a life that is easy to visualize.
Young love is a beautiful thing, and she has very capably captured the heart of two whose love, though forbidden, was able to find a way. I can honestly say that I felt the turmoil working in the souls of these young people.
I loved the book and recommend it to anyone (young and old alike) who is a true romantic. I look forward to future works of Rosemary Poole-Carter.
Terrible  Apr 14, 2008
When I first picked up this book, I had an open mind. Judging solely from the summary, it sounded like the typical teenage love story, but I've learned long ago not to judge books on their covers or their descriptions. Besides, all the reviews on the back of the cover gave it such high praise.

I won't say that I hated Juliette Ascending from the moment I opened it to the moment I closed it, because I didn't. However, I will say -- with complete honesty -- that from the moment I reached page twenty or thirty and until I closed it, I hated it.

The premise itself is not bad. The story is about a fifteen-year-old girl, living in New Orleans just a few years after the Civil War has ended. Issues such as tension between the states, and blacks who are still 'enslaved' even after they have been freed, are all present here.

But these concepts are never elaborated on. They are never developed beyond a brief flick of the hand. The author introduces many intriguing ideas, but never uses them to their full potential -- or even half of their potential. She barely skims over them.

Other reviewers have commented on how Juliette Ascending is an adaptation of the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. They are wrong. It is not an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet -- it IS Romeo and Juliet. The plot-line, the characters, the scenes, even some of the dialogue is taken directly from Shakespeare's work. The only part of Juliette Ascending that differs from Romeo and Juliet is the ending -- and that falls flat on its face, due to being both completely unbelievable and stupid.

All in all, this is a very poor excuse for a novel. And though I didn't enjoy Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet all that much, I would recommend that play over Juliette Ascending any day.
Why?  Apr 14, 2008
[...] Juliette Ascending is almost a direct replica of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, almost to the extent where you wonder if this could be considered [...]. My book group was excited to read a book dealing with post-Civil War, but they barely even skimmed over this, if the author had dealt more with this it might have given the book more depth and could have been a new take on the original play. Overall out of the six people of adults and teens we were not impressed. We can not figure out the reason for this book being written and advise people to stay away and stick to reading Shakespeare's play if you are looking for the romantic story.
This Stupid Book  Apr 13, 2008
I did not find this book enjoyable or entertaining. Juliette Ascending is based on the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet. However, this version is set in post-Civil War New Orleans. If you want to read this book, don't. Instead, try reading the original. Juliette Ascending takes names, instances, events, and even lines almost directly from the play. I personally prefer to have read Dr. Seuss. At least he had some original ideas. Unfortunately, this will not allow me to rate this book zero stars.
A Civil War era Romeo & Juliette  Jul 12, 2007
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (7/07)

Poor Juliette, her father has made arrangements to marry her off to a cruel-hearted man whom she detests. She longs to have a true love in her life. One night she meets Roland who is a private for the northern army. Her family would never allow her to be with a soldier from the north. She must marry someone with whom they can profit. She feels like she is being sold.

On the night that she first meets Roland, Juliette falls in love head-over-heels. Juliette sneaks out and secretly marries him. Tragedy strikes and Roland is further despised by her family. Now there is no chance for her family ever to accept him. Taking advantage of the situation, Juliette's intended moves up the wedding date. Already being married, Juliette has to take drastic actions to prevent this from occurring. In the end, true love prevails.

"Juliette Ascending" is a wonderful story. I read it in a single sitting. Juliette has to grow up quickly in this story. The times are rough for soft-hearted people, especially in New Orleans. Racism and prejudice prevail. Social status seems to matter more than honesty and integrity. Women do not have many rights. All of these factors play into the drama in this story. Juliette has to discover how strong of a woman she truly is.

"Juliette Ascending" is a must read. It is such a good story. I highly recommend it to women's readers groups. It is less than 200 pages, so it would be perfect for someone who needs a fictional escape. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.


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