Review: You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear


5.0 out of 5 stars “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear…”, December 7, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

Paulette Mahurin’s excellent novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, explores a late 19th century small community’s response to the arrest and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for “gross indecency.” The town folks spew forth hatred and fear of homosexuality that lands at Mildred’s doorstep, despite her goodness and support of these same people.
As I read the book, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific grabbed me with the song “You’ve Got to be Taught to Hate and Fear.” The music and words written fifty years after Mildred’s story would not leave me. The musical is sixty years old now; the theme is ageless. Mahurin digs deeply into the relationships, history and inner feelings of her subjects more intently and compassionately than found in most novels. We learn how the characters were taught to” hate and fear,” and to hide. The author sensitively shows huge changes in the outlook, behavior and growth of her characters. The storyline is strong as the characters take the reader on their journeys.
I look forward to reading more work from this talented author, Paulette Mahurin.

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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