Review: The Highest And Lowest Qualities Of Humanity…I Loved The Wisdom…

 

5.0 out of 5 stars The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, October 18, 2012

When I first began reading The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap I had a little trouble getting into it.. Probably because I read at night and usually only a page before I drop off to sleep. I was determined, though, in spite of myself to stick with it. I had grave misgivings about what the ending might be. I feared it would be tragic and I dreaded experiencing my worst nightmares about the probable outcomes of homophobia.
Soon, maybe close to the middle, I found myself caught up in the story. Then it was keeping me up late reading, dying to know what was going to happen. I’m delighted to say I could never have predicted the conclusion!
The writing reveals not only a fascinating intermingling of historical facts but a depth of human understanding and compassion. The highest and lowest qualities of humanity. I loved the wisdom inserted through the character who runs the country store. The NY Jew. All the prejudices and bigotry of the past and, unfortunately still too much in the present, are included.
This is a wonderful and valuable piece of work that the author should be proud of. I feel certain it will have a positive impact. It certainly did on me.

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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