Review: Story explores peoples feelings about homosexuality in the 1800s

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective on the subject of homosexuality in the 1800’s, December 23, 2012
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This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

The foundation of this fictional story is Oscar Wilde’s conviction for homosexuality in the late 1800’s. The story explores people’s feelings about homosexuality in the 1800’s and the kind of hate and disgust that subject brings out in people.

As the reader soon discovers the books central character is a lesbian Mildred Dunlap. Mildred tries to hide that fact for fear that she will be murdered. Everyone in town pretty much depends on Mildred’s wealth for some financial support. She does this knowing that people suspect her of something and she is constantly ridiculed behind her back.

Mahurin has created some very likable and unlikable characters in the book but all add to the story. Each of the characters has their own mini life’s story and the reader gets to understand the character and why they are the way the are.

This is an Mildred’s look into the subject of homosexuality in the 1800’s. The only issues i had with this book are that Mildred’s appearance comes off as being manly which while it leads to some speculations on the part of the towns people i felt it was a little cliche and there is a bit of an odd plot devised by Mildred to cause people to think she was interested in a man.

The story has a nice if not revengeful ending. Good subject matter wrapped around an interesting historical event. Author Paulette Mahurin has done a good job of relaying the subject of homosexuality in the 1800`s the social implications, the prejudice and intolerance that went along with it.

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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3 Responses to Review: Story explores peoples feelings about homosexuality in the 1800s

  1. icittadiniprimaditutto says:

    Reblogged this on i cittadini prima di tutto.

  2. Nice review. I’ll be happy when I can start sharing reviews of my book!

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