As all my profits are going to help get dogs out of kill shelters I want to thank all who have purchased my book and taken the time to write a review. I’m truly grateful for your support and feedback. Review from Romania:
I am so glad I read this book for so many reasons. Here is one or two
First of all, all proceeds goes to rescuing dogs. Now that is a cause I understand and hooray for the efforts of the author to do something so noble.
Secondly. I have a 10 year old daughter, and although this book might be a bit above her head at this stage I fully plan that she read it once she is ready. I believe all children should see a good example and the more the better.
What better example than one where a man gives his life to give back honour to another mans live.
I think my husband, a history buff may love this as well. So now I have an idea for a virtual Christmas stocking filler to boot.
Mahurin uses the literary device of the fictional friend, Charles Mandonette, as narrator, interpreter and observer to follow Zola in his life and efforts. Charles, a father figure to Zola, guides, supports and agonizes over Zola as the writer digs into the matter of Dreyfus’ case. A noted novelist, playwright and liberal journalist, Zola hopes his article, J’Accuse , will result in a charge of libel against him, allowing Zola to introduce evidence on behalf of Dreyfus. He, sadly, underestimates the deep veins of corruption and power at work through the army, the government and the Catholic Church. Zola’s attorney is unable to secure their goal in the suit or in appeal and Zola ultimately flees to England for his safety as venom pours from the mouths and actions of Parisians. In 1899, the new government unseats the corrupt politicos, the power of the church and the army until Zola’s new trial gains the goal of freedom for Dreyfus by way of a presidential pardon.
In the generous use of Zola’s own words, a letter to the court by Lucie Dreyfus and other resources, Mahurin draws the reader into the intrigue and anguish of this historically true story. Her use of dialog and ruminations by both men are done in the spirit of the day, with speech patterns in a cadence reflective of the setting and era. The reader experiences the conflict, angst and courage of Zola as he paces, drinks his teas and wines, seeks fresh air. Seen through Charles’ eyes, Zola is drawn as a compassionate risk-taker who wants justice above all else. It will be more years before Dreyfus is exonerated and Zola does not live to see it.
Paulette Mahurin is a risk-taker in that she writes of challenging subjects: Lesbian relationships in The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap; the devastation that is cancer in His Name Was Ben; and, now, anti-Semitism and political corruption in To Live Out Loud. Mahurin’s two historical fiction books, set over 100 years ago, speak to the present. In a world increasingly marred by violence, pessimism easily takes root. Mahurin shows us that courage, hope and trust in humankind is not to be lost when such as Mildred, and Zola follow their hearts and beliefs. Each found support from others to champion their causes and prevail.