Review (Former English Teacher): Intelligent, Refined Handling Of Complicated Human Interaction…Eloquent Language…


5.0 out of 5 stars Pain of Persecution, September 22, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

This is a compelling novel dealing with the anguish of ongoing persecution for sexual orientation or for appearance or for anything that makes one different in a small, closed community in the American West in the late 1800s. It is certainly a corollary for the persecution suffered by so many throughout all eras and geographic locations. The action in this very original plot is triggered by the arrest and imprisonment in England of Oscar Wilde for sodomy and the reactions to this news by the main characters in the West in 1895 , the occurrence of which has surprising consequences for the persecutors and those persecuted in this community far away on another continent, even without the Internet and social networking. Also interesting is the undercurrent of resentment on the part of some of the characters engendered by the main character’s generosity, a surprising reaction. This book is an intelligent , refined handling of complicated, dense human interactions. Being a former English teacher, I find the author’s often eloquent language and the generous sprinkling of quotations of Wilde a delight. I look forward to this novelist’s next work, and highly recommend this very original piece of work.

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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