Review(From India): It Dawned On Me, In Spite Of Progress How Closed And Held Back Our Thoughts Could Be…

Vibina Venugopal
The news of Wilde’s imprisonment on the charge of sustaining a relation with the same gender is spread like a wild fire..People gossip away spitefully, the air is prejudiced and stingly…Milred is caught in an environment so surprisingly torn in between the intolerance of people and their narrow mindedness..Suddenly her relation with Edra her cousin becomes the talk of town , people don’t spare her for all the generosity she has bestowed upon people so selflessly ., everyone prefers to forget and join in hands to corner her..With all these I didn’t want the novel to end the way it looked but I was pleasantly surprised the way it end ..Though I had my reservation about the genre, it was throughly an enjoyable read….I didn’t know what to expect of a novel that dealt Lesbian relation ,suddenly it dawned to me that, in spite of all the progress around me how closed and held back ours thoughts could be, on certain subjects..The book explores more on the intolerance of people… When in our times with all the supporting law to choose our partners,we have our predicament pretty much reserved to acceptance, it wouldn’t be a rocket science to get a picture back then some two hundred years go..The relationship itself is elegantly portrayed, by Mahurin… Milred Dunlap is a down to earth ,wealthy with a generous heart but people after drinking in all her generosity, join the likes of vengeful Josie to spit rude and spiteful remarks behind her..I liked Milred .,she is a wonderful, strong, determined lady on the otherhand Edra is soft ,gentle and lovable but who could turn ablaze to protect the person she loves…Exploring a unique vantage Mahurin portrays the people in the society who change into various shades by their own whims and fancy..The characters of the novel are brought up to perfection…As much the I loved Milred, Edra, Charley and Gus ., I ended up disliking Josie with pleasure..Josie had her reasons to hate Milred as she believed that MIlred’s father had taken away the land that supposedly belonged to her family , but what I couldn’t understand where the likes of people who joined her wagon to spread gossip…The countryside of 19th century America is a treat to read ..Charley proves to be a true friend who acts appropriately when in indeed…Gus with his years of experience dealing with likes of people has a formed a strong depth in philosophy bringing in thoughts to ponder…Mahurin has done a fantastic job in accenting the cynical side of prejuidice that stops people from being open mind , building intolerance to accept things the way the are, her writing is easy and refreshing and I am definitely looking forward to her future works..(less

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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