Historical fiction novel, 'Fierce Dreamer' is a confronting book with graphic scenes that some readers may find uncomfortable. Sadly, the events depicted were very realistic and not uncommon.
Linda Lafferty's excellent writing is what kept drawing me back in - thorough research, descriptive imagery (including the historic Roman setting), the artistic world of 17th century Italian painters, good characterisation, plot twists and an interesting meshing of 'fiction meets nonfiction'. (Many characters are based on real people engaged in actual events, including the protagonist Artemisia Gentileschi.)
The basic outline is: in the 1600s women had little value, even if they showed great talent, like Artemisia (the Caravaggio-influenced artist and daughter of moderately talented painter, Orazio Gentileschi). Further, women lived under a male guardian of some type (father, brother, husband etc.) meaning they had no power, rights or respect. Manipulative and evil minded, Agostino Tassi, is the antagonist and what a nasty character he is! Admirably, Artemisia maintained her direction, ambitions and fire-in-the-belly attitude throughout her life, despite enduring destructive circumstances, acts of violence, frustrations and a lack of opportunity.
The title is interesting, as the words seem juxtaposed - 'fierce' and 'dreamer' wouldn't normally go together, but in Artemisia's case, to be a female with a vision, you had to embrace your inner fighter.
I intend reading more works by this talented author, as she really engages the mind as well as entertains.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4817 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542017629
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (5 May 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TC2XFD3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)