Beautifully Written Story Of Intolerance & Courage, Hate & Love, Fear & Triumph, Death & Life, & In No Small Way Meanness & Friendship


5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative of another time, September 24, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

As you might deduce from the title this is no light-hearted romance. Set in a small town in Nevada USA at the time of Oscar Wilde’s trial and imprisonment for ‘acts of gross indecency’ the story reflects the narrow-minded thinking of the time.

I was expecting something heavy-going and weighty. Instead I found a beautifully written story of intolerance and courage, hate and love, fear and triumph, death and life, and in no small way meanness and friendship.

Mildred Dunlap is the wealthy woman in town, the wealth inherited from her father. She’s generous to everyone less fortunate. She’s also a spinster, plain and lives with her younger cousin Edra. Lives with her in every sense of the word. The mean-spirited in town envy her the wealth and despise her for her ‘manliness’. They look for ways to bring her down.

I found myself not wanting to put this one aside to do the chores. The language is gentle and lovely, a little formal by today’s standards, evocative of the writing style of the time in which it’s set. But that suits the story to the ground.

The characters and story come to life under Mahurin’s sure handling of the subject.

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)

2 Responses to Beautifully Written Story Of Intolerance & Courage, Hate & Love, Fear & Triumph, Death & Life, & In No Small Way Meanness & Friendship

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