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on August 7, 2015
To Live Out Loud By Paulette Mahurin 6 August 2015 As I began to read this book I was drawn in to a world captured in history, sprinkled with fiction and together makes a story that captures your attention while rupturing your very soul. To read the struggle of the main characters told through the eyes of their friend was not only telling, but truly moving. To be so utterly betrayed is overwhelming just to read about it much less be the one to experience it. But to have someone one in your corner to care so much that even at the cost of their own comfort, stability and possibly their life is truly incredibly selfless. Author Paulette Mahurin brilliantly weaves her story with such eloquence and talent that you find yourself emotionally drained by the time you’ve gotten through most of it. You can almost feel it physically, the prejudice, injustice and blatant disregard for the human depicted not only in the book but in history. “To Live Out Loud” will steel your soul and touch you in a way that will leave you forever changed, but fully integrated with the knowledge of humanities failures and what the love and friendship of someone can bring to the forefront the failures of humanity with an outcome of purpose. A truly special and well written read!!! An Absolute 5 Star Read!!!
on August 6, 2015
A fascinating historical fiction read about a scandal in 1895 France: The Dreyfus Affair; and how Emile Zola risked life and limb to exonerate this innocent man. Told through a fictitious protagonist, Charles Mandonette, a confidant of Zola. It is through this character we get to know Zola’s passion and drive and torment. Well told, well written, it draws on historical documentation and facts, interspersed with fictionalized scenes and dialogue that bring that time alive. Zola’s purpose was to live out loud, and therefore the title of the book, and in his purpose we learn about heroism and courage that few would dare to venture. That this is based on a true story makes it all the more compelling a read. My hats off to the author for doing justice to Zola and to The Dreyfus Affair.
on August 6, 2015
A fascinating read with universal appeal perfectly executed. The subject of the book is Emile Zola’s involvement in the appalling example of a miscarriage of justice when Alfred Dreyfus was wrongly imprisoned for life for a crime he didn’t commit. The book brings to life the political and judicial scandal and how it divided French society. As events unfold we see the racism of the time, the determination of the church and the military forces to protect their position and the manipulation of both the courts and the people. The result is not only an exemplary piece of historical fiction but also a consideration of how the powerful protect their interests even today. The subject is well-researched and accurate but Mahurin’s gift is her ability to capture the essence of her subject matter within her stories, always drawing on the human element and weave the facts into a compelling read that is both informative and relevant to today. Highly recommend.
Paulette Mahurin continues to amaze! She illuminates history as well as she reveals her boundless compassion. Emile Zola came
, August 8, 2015
This review is from: To Live Out Loud: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
I liked the pacing and emotional engagement. I would have enjoyed more details about the lives and thoughts of his wife, mistress and children, but perhaps these details are also lost to history.
on August 10, 2015
When I began reading this book, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. It felt like historical fiction mixed with a little bit of Joseph Conrad and Dickens. As I fell deeper into the story, however, it became clear that this book was so much more.
Their isn’t a lot of action in this novel, but it doesn’t need any. It is brilliantly written with a lot of very precise dialogue and heartfelt storytelling. The tone is very morose and hopeful at the same time, letting us wish for a better world while showing us the true nature of reality.
I love the way the narration is first person, but withheld. It reminds me of Heart of Darkness where the story is about a different character than the one telling it to us. It gives the possibility for an unreliable narrator, but this style is more along the lines of a reliable narrator with an agenda. However, it isn’t an agenda many readers would disagree with because he is on the side of right and good.
The relationships are well developed and the characters intensely defined. This book is highly recommended and well worth a read!