Disobedient: The gripping feminist retelling of a seventeenth century heroine forging her own destiny

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Disobedient: The gripping feminist retelling of a seventeenth century heroine forging her own destiny

Disobedient: The gripping feminist retelling of a seventeenth century heroine forging her own destiny

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The rise in feminism has brought Artemisia out of the shadows, and she was a very talented artist, so Fremantle has done her a service by representing her skills so strongly.

There is nothing that transports the reader to Rome in the seventeenth century, except for a few mentions of the Colosseum etc.

This story is based on a real artist and her experiences in the male dominated art world of Rome and Florence in the seventeenth century. Silence has always been difficult for Artemisia Gentileschi, the immensely talented daughter of an alcoholic painter who knows that her gifts are far greater than his own. Could have been stronger written in the first person - did we really need to get Zita’s or Orazio’s (extremely on the nose) POVs? It transports to reader to early seventeenth century Rome and nothing in the writing distracts from that world.

I’m interested to read A Portrait in Shadow, another Artemesia novel that interestingly came out this year, to see if that resonates with me more. Uniformly terrific, with admirable and realistic heroines and superbly described historical settings. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.A consistently gripping, emotional and unforgiving retelling giving Artemisia the voice she so deserves. She doesn’t let societies expectations of a woman’s place in the hierarchy hold her back or determine what should be revealed or concealed in a painting. Blending fact with fiction, this beautifully spun novel follows Arti as she battles to just be allowed to paint, but following shocking (but not unusual for the time) events in her life, her paintings take a dark turn.

I really wanted to finish this novel, but I became way too sickened by it at the 50% point, which is where the famous rape takes place. Artemisia's paintings into events, endowing Artemisia with the dignity , courage and honour she deserves. It is readily apparent in the male-dominated world of art that she wants to draw her own path on like her art. All that wonderful characterisation aside, this novel is fast paced, exciting, horrifying, gruesome, infuriating and while I cannot admit to ever having a keen interest in the history of art, you guessed it I’m off down a carmine red rabbit hole.I can’t stand overuse of present continuous, which is an inherent hazard when writing in the present tense, but can be reined in and addressed by a good edit (or editor). I was lucky enough to study about her in some art history classes before visiting the Uffizi and seeing her Judith Slaying Holofernes in person, which absolutely floored me with its power and beauty. And of course the recent Me Too movement indicates the harassment from men seems to be a historical constant. I mean, I am as Artemisia–obsessed as anybody, but our heroine here is brilliant and faultless from six-years old onward… so it’s a point of view, but not one that’d be entirely manageable if not for the harrowing events that we all know are coming along the way.



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