- File Size: 686 KB
- Print Length: 31 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (March 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UB7VQNM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Foreworld Saga: Carried Away (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Suffrajitsu Book 3) Kindle Edition
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It is sometimes easy to forget that, not so long ago, women were essentially chattel, with no rights other than what their fathers, husbands and employers saw fit to bestow upon them.
Dean has taken a piece of history and made it very personal. She introduces the Suffragette movement through the eyes of Tressa Boniface, a young serving girl. She shows us why the Women’s Social & Political Union was so considered so dangerous and controversial, so attractive and necessary in its time. Tressa walks into a WSPU rally with about the same understanding of the issues that a modern reader would, and is shocked at the violent reaction that the idea of women's suffrage provokes from its enemies.
Dean vividly evokes Edwardian London with its fashions, quirks and social protocols. Yet this is far from a dull history lesson. It is an entertaining story where common folk surprise themselves with their own bravery; where different classes recognize a common goal and work toward it; where the heroes and villains share the same household, often the same bed.
Because the history of The Foreworld, whatever departures it may make, subtle and gross, from the world we live in, is always rooted in Things We Know Really Happened. Such is the case with Suffrajitsu, inspired by real-life clashes between radical suffragettes and those in power who opposed the basic rights of women, and with Ray Dean's Carried Away. Dean's brief but thoroughly enjoyable bit of fiction, hinging on a case of mistaken identity with a huge dose of irony as a member of the nobility mistakes one of his hired help for his own wife, is steeped in the realities of the day such as the so called Cat and Mouse Act contrived to let imprisoned women on hunger strikes free from jail only long enough to re-arrest them on greater charges once they were healthy again. The heavy-handed police approach to suffragette gatherings and the equal or greater response of militant Amazons protecting organizers and speakers like Emmeline Pankhurst from the authorities were just as real. Dean's twist on the Suffrajitsu story, and it's a welcome one, is to break through class barriers to involve the lower classes in the struggle for equality. Deftly written and a very fun read, it pokes lots of fun at the upper crust in a welcome counter to the mostly serious goings-on in the second issue of Suffrajitsu itself.
The middle part of this read is mesmerizing. Ray really captures the emotions and frustrations against, let's face it, some pretty despicable men of the era. I felt myself getting so angry at the men's behavior, and the helplessness that the heroine experiences. A top quality story with some very engaging writing about a young lady coming to the cause.
I can EASILY see this novella expanding into a series (perhaps one day even portrayed on-screen, BBC).
In fact, by the last word in the last page, I found myself hungry to learn more about the characters, more of the story. I want to find out what happens to our protagonists. Do the antagonists ever learn their lesson? Even the supporting cast of characters are so definitively intrinsic to the action, that I wondered if the body guard and Bobby tangle was a foreshadow of a cruel irony to come?
What a socially charged turn of events to discover in literary form! In a time when our own society struggles with implementing equal rights for all citizens, this story reminds us that our Grandmothers and Great grandmothers were witness to a paradigm shift of immense proportions. What world events shall we witness, here and now? Ray Dean has written a novella that makes me proud to be a Woman, Strong and Free. Thank you, and godspeed your keyboard. We want more!