Dicing Time for Gladness (The Victoria da Vinci Novels) Paperback – November 6, 2013
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 149277300X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492773009
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches
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The protagonist, Constance, is innocent but searching, and, when she finds freedom and excitement and the possibility to throw off domestic chains in the character Victoria, she cannot help but hope that, in her life time, she could do something different. It is a story that is both fantasy and reality. Reality in the fact that womanhood in the 1800's was close to indentured servitude for most. Collins meshes his dialogue with radical literature on the meaning of equality. These snippets inspire Constance, but they also inspire the reader. The reader is forced to see that our modern world is not kind to women as it pretends to be, viewing it through a time frame that has the same issues we continue to have. It also brings to mind the struggles the LGBT community faces in our modern times, and is a perfect read for the marginalized, looking for inspiration and fuel.
This book is about adventure, yes, but, more accurately it is an intelligent look into power, those who wield it, and what that means for the rest of the world. Very intriguing books with wonderfully written dialogue and a plot that keeps you going. This reviewer wants some more visuals on the nuances of the characters, and the small details of their physical ticks, with a spattering of inner monologue to attach me more to them, but I still love where they are going and am excited for the next book to be released. More please, Collins! 4.7/5
Victoria da Vinci is neither of her time nor ours. She is a mastermind of many things (without giving anything away) and the turn of the century setting paints a sort of steampunk picture of her and her troupe, a group of fellow female outcasts who feel alienated in pre-suffrage, puritan America and all that entails. We learn of the crew and their affairs through the latest inductee, May, as she is introduced into this vastly alternative lifestyle. (It is my hope that subsequent books delve into the history of all the Daughters, as I imagine each one is more interesting than the last.) There is song, there is dance, there is upheaval and ...provocativeness....
This novel is deeply layered, in that it could - say - be a topic for discussion in a course on feminism, but it is also equally suitable for a Young Adult reading group in that the story is compelling enough that it doesn't require an exhaustive philosophical odyssey to enjoy...and enjoy you will!