I was reminded of To Kill A Mockingbird

 A few of the more recent reviews. And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who bought the book and took the time to write a review. I’m very grateful. The paperback is coming soon.To Live Out Loud FRONT PROMO copy
From Amazon.com (U.S.)
on August 13, 2015
This is a well written and researched dramatisation of factual events. I was reminded of To Kill a Mocking Bird. The court case in this instance, revolves around prejudice;both racial and religious. Emile Zola wanted to hi-light the case of Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer unjustly accused and convicted of treason.However, the man in question is not on trial but Emile, his supporter as he fights the French government, the military, and the Catholic Church.
Paulette Mahurin skilfully builds up the tension as the story unfolds. To Live Out Loud is a book that will enrich your life and leave you concious of not only the world’s past prejudices, but also of its present ones.
on August 17, 2015

To Live Out Loud is a fascinating and thought-provoking account of the French journalist Emile Zola and his involvement with the Alfred Dreyfus affair. Dreyfus was a Jewish French army officer falsely convicted of treason in the late 19th century. In 1898, Zola put himself and his family in grave danger by accusing the French army of anti-Semitism and the obstruction of justice. I knew very little about Zola before I began this book, but found myself very quickly drawn into the story through Mahurin’s vivid recreation of 19th century Paris.

Paulette Mahurin tells Zola’s story through the eyes of his fictitious friend Charles Mandonette. Mandonette cleverly functions as a kind of voice of the common person; asking himself that which many of us would wonder about ourselves: would we be brave enough to risk our safety in the pursuit of what is right?

Mahurin effortlessly weaves together fact and fiction, using real court transcripts from Zola’s trials. The book is meticulously researched and detailed; Mahurin proving herself a great historian as well as writer. Tension builds steadily throughout and I was left angry and frustrated at the incredible perversion of justice by the French army and the Catholic Church. I highly recommend this book as I believe Zola and Dreyfus’s story is one we all need to hear.

(All proceeds from the sale of this book also go help rescue dogs, so just another great reason to read it!)

on August 17, 2015
Historical novels are a delicacy of mine and this one is no exception. Paulette Mahurin has taken on a gross injustice in French history and has done an excellent job in writing about Emile Zola’s courage and persistence in pursuing justice. The detailed historical references are done with such precision–the reader feels as if he or she is sitting at the next table in a French cafe overhearing Emile and Charles (a fictional character) talking about the injustice that put Dreyfus, a Jewish French military officer, in a prison on false pretenses. The reader can feel the passion in Zola’s words and his intense desire to seek justice in a swirl of military and political corruption. An absorbing novel–one that any lover of historical novels, especially one based on injustice, should not miss!
on August 16, 2015
To live out loud is a a detailed chronicle about Alfred Dreyfus a jewish officer of French artillery that had been unjustly convicted of treason in a hasty court-martial and Emile Zola a journalist that choose to help Dreyfus and undertook the challenge to reclaim his freedom and clear his name. I’m not a fan of this genre but i have to say the author have done a great work, reading it i seem i was breathing the atmosphere of both 19th and start of 20th century and it is very well written, i really suggest everyone to read it.
on August 16, 2015

I have read most of Ms Mahurin’s works and will be a fan forever. This work caught me by surprise. I don’t know many versatile authors that can go from genre to genre SUCCESSFULLY like Ms Mahurin has. Even though this is a short work, I honesty think it may be her best. She writes with mature confidence and is in total control of the story and her skills. When writing historical “fiction,” (even worse, it is hardly fiction at all.) one runs the risk of stepping on the actual accounts of events. I wonder at Ms Mahurin’s own passion for injustice. It is a quality one rarely sees in this century of routine social media distortions and short attention spans.

Regarding the subject matter itself, I found the recounting to be shockingly timely. Will antisemitism ever stop? Our current middle East is seeped in it as our own POTUS is accused of it daily. And the parallel uncovering of governmental malfeasance is nothing new as our own and governments the world over lie to deflect from their own poor judgement and corruption.

A final comment. I loved the character of Charles. I wish I had seen more of the devils that I suspect tormented him. I was reminded (in style) of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s narrator in the Great Gatsby. Well done.

4.0 out of 5 starsFascinating story
Bylove2readon September 16, 2015
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I’ve always been interested in the Dreyfuss case and it was amazing to learn about Emile Zola’s involvement. He is a very inspiring figure. I did have issues with a few things about the way the story was told here. There wasn’t a lot of description or emotion and that made me feel distant from the characters. At times it felt more like a history than a novel for that reason. But overall, I enjoyed broadening my knowledge about this infamous chapter of history in a easy-reading way.
4.0 out of 5 starsI normally read very little fiction but I found Paulettes’ …
ByVernon September 18, 2015
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I normally read very little fiction but I found Paulettes’
description of the Deyfus trial and the part Zola played
not only true to history but it offers a very human perspective
on it. This is a story that should never be forgotten given
the human proclivity toward predjudice when convenient.
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5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing Courage Flying in the Face of the Establishment, Aug. 14 2015
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This review is from: To Live Out Loud: A Novel (Kindle Edition)

To Live Out Loud is an extremely compelling fictionalization of the story of convicted French spy/traitor, Alfred Dreyfus (Jan. 1895), and the part in his exoneration played by French author/journalist, Émile Zola. Dreyfus, a French Jew, had climbed up in the military at a time when anti-semitic feelings were running high. Despite the fact that France had passed a Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 which guaranteed freedom of religion, the Catholic church, some newspapers, and definitely, the military establishment, saw the Jews as a threat to French security and the Catholic religion. When a document was uncovered revealing that someone highly placed was passing information to the German embassy, army intelligence leaped to the assumption that Dreyfus was guilty because he was a Jew. Émile Zola was present when

“Dreyfus was paraded out into the courtyard of the École Militaire on the Champ de Mars . . . ceremoniously degraded in public by having rank insignia, buttons, and braid cut from his uniform, and his dress sword broken. The crowd cheered as he was made to march around the grounds in his tattered uniform with his head bowed.”

Zola questioned why someone who had risen so high in the army would risk it all by turning traitor. To find out the truth, Zola risks everything: his career, his livelihood, his reputation, and his freedom. While he followed leads, discovering that documents that could have cleared Dreyfus had been kept from his defence attorney, layer upon layer of cover-up injustices became heaped one on top of the other. It became a deep conspiracy, the revealing of which shook the French justice system to its core.

Told through the eyes of a fictional friend of Zola’s, Charles Mandonette, an engineer who had worked with Zola Sr., and had known Émile since he was a child, the facts of the case are woven together in a riveting fashion. This story is extremely well-researched and many of the statements and documents are quoted verbatim from historical accounts: the tender line from a letter written from Dreyfus from his prison on Devil’s Island in French Guiana to his wife, Lucie, her letter to the court during Émile’s libel trial, letters and articles written by Zola in the Paris newspaper. Transcripts from the libel trials are included in excerpt to convey the court’s total disregard for uncovering the truth of the matter, and the vicious anti-semitic behaviours typical of the time.

Paulette would ask you to purchase this book because all the proceeds go to rescuing dogs from kill-shelters, which is a great cause, but you should buy this novel because it is an amazing story, well-told, which will keep you reading to the end in one sitting. It is that moving. The characters come to life. Each chapter begins with an appropriate quote from Zola. You could search online and find out how the story ends but you would miss out on what made Zola a great writer and humanitarian. If this book doesn’t make you want to read more about and by him, nothing will. Great historical fiction.

From Amazon U.K.

on 17 August 2015

This historical novel is a vignette of Emile Zola’s life and intervention into the fate of Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus was a Jewish artillery officer and had been convicted of treason in a court-marshall in 1895. Many felt he was wrongly charged, including Emile Zola, who wrote an article about the unfair treatment and tried to defend him. This got Zola charged with criminal action on Dreyfus’ behalf, whereupon he fled France hoping to escape imprisonment.

The meat of the story is the belief that one must speak up for others being mistreated, even at personal cost. Zola was warned and yet did not hesitate to come to Dreyfus’ aid as best he could. This is a story of people helping the less fortunate and standing up for what is right. I hope this quality never disappears from our culture. Dreyfus’ wife and children suffered for society’s ill treatment of Jews in general and Dreyfus in particular. Jews were severely discriminated against in France and many other places in the late 1800s and for many years, and like many other cultural groups it is through no fault of their own.

Kudos to Mahurin for bringing this story to light.

The book, taking place from 1895-1908 in France, is historical fiction based on historical facts involving the life of author Emile Zola dealing with his trial for libel. After Alfred Dreyfus, an innocent man, is unfairly convicted for the crime of treason in a hasty court-martial, Emile Zola, angry for the injustice of the conviction and the true committer of the crime found not guilty, writes an article accusing the military, courts and the French government of convicting Alfred in a cover-up. In response, from the backlash from the article, Emile finds himself in court defending himself in an unfair trial. The story follows all the trials and the appeals of Dreyfus and Zola leading to the untimely and suspicious circumstance surrounding Zola’s death. The story is a celebration of Zola’s life, writing career and his dedication to standing up for what is right.
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Other books by Paulette Mahurin:
His Name Was Ben
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

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)

14 Responses to I was reminded of To Kill A Mockingbird

  1. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Some recent reviews for Paulette’s book.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Some great reviews and it’s good to see that readers are learning about The Dreyfus Affair from the book. Well done!

  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    To say the least, Paulette, I am impressed to the max. (memories of the Valley girls, and my life in LA in the eighties)

    To have a newly published book so quickly attaining such high praise, as to be reminding one of the ever famous “To Kill A Mockingbird” is no small feat.

    Your book with its most beautifully attractive and, significant cover, will achieve a most important accomplishment, apart that is from the high entertainment subject value and contributions to your humanitarian cause for our fellow creature the dog… I am referring of course to the educational aspect, that of introducing a world famous author Emile Zola and the support of the historical figure in the ugly mistreatment business of Alfred Dreyfus. This an affair not to be forgotten and thanks to Paulette, it is being resurfaced in a style that will surely reach a broader audience…

    I am most anxious to receive my recently ordered copy. Once more, BRAVO Paulette, for sharing the fruits of your writer’s talent. Thank you for that…!

    • Thank you so much. I love your reference to the Valley girls. Ah yes, I remember it well. On a more serious note, I concur with you about the Dreyfus Affair not to be forgotten. It was a debacle of grand proportion, dividing France. Not unlike a lot of unrest in many other countries concerning divisive issues, then and now. I’m thrilled to have you read my book.

  4. I’m delighted that your latest book has received so much well deserved acclaim.

    • Thank you so much Helen. It means a lot coming from you. I admire how well you write. I always feel luck plays a part in any success I have because there’s so much talent out there. Perhaps it’s the light I shine on helping dogs? At any rate, I truly grateful for all aspects. ❤

  5. Couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

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