Once again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who purchased one of my books and took the time to write a review. Each new review helps Amazon promote and recommend a book = more profits going to help get dogs like Edie (below in photo) out of kill shelters.
Edie, 10 year old poodle, rescued with funds from purchases of my books. Edie is very thankful.
TO LIVE OUT LOUD:
The backdrop of Paulette Mahurin’s gripping new novel, “To Live Out Loud,” is late 19th century France but the dark premise of political expediency taking precedence over justice and accountability could just as easily be juxtaposed against the corruption of contemporary Washington D.C.
Likewise, the anti-Semitic sentiment which convicted Alfred Dreyfus on false charges of treason is little different from the escalating mantra in modern times that if you’re (fill in the blank), then you automatically must be (fill in the blank). As anyone who has ever tried in the context of an intellectual dialogue to challenge the myopia of this mindset, there is risk of becoming a social pariah and, accordingly, unfriended on Facebook.
In the time of writer Emile Zola, a key player in the Dreyfus tableau, the choice to champion an imprisoned Jew carried even more dire consequences. Not the least of this was incurring the wrath of the French government for suggesting that a grievous mistake had not only been made but was also made on purpose. As Zola – coupled with Dreyfus’ wife and brother – works tirelessly to prove the prisoner’s innocence in order to facilitate his release, disturbing evidence threatens to derail their plans. From the viewpoint of the government, to admit wrongdoing during the Dreyfus trial proceedings might cause the populace to start wondering just how many other things were being lied about. And goodness knows, we can’t have that, can we? In a nutshell, it’s job security to steadfastly stick to the fabricated story.
As in her previous work, Mahurin does not shy from intensive research and clearly establishes herself as an accomplished history detective in stitching together all that is known about the Dreyfus case. The conversations that transpire are so plausible in scope and cadence that we, the readers, almost feel as if we are eavesdropping in a Paris café. Her character development is thoughtful and multi-layered and we come away with a deeper understanding and respect for a man who felt compelled to take up a cause no matter the ripple effect that might damage – or destroy – his own standing in the community.
Each chapter begins with a Zola quote, my favorite of which was “If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”
Wise words to ponder in what promises to be an ugly upcoming presidential election in which voters must attempt to discern whether the lips that are moving are not only issuing substance but are also speaking the truth.
ByDeanon October 19, 2015
I’m a futurist by nature, and so reading sci-fi and fantasy and anything to do with the near and far future occupies the bulk of my leisure time. But every once in a while a writer comes along to connect me to the past in such a way that it’s every bit as much fun to time travel back in time. This is one of those authors and one of those books. I found Emila Zola, as a fellow writer and artist, upon whose life To Live Out Loud is based, quite the kindred spirit. He is if anything a bolder soul, braver, more uncompromising, and a hero not just in his writing but in real life, but it is impossible for any artist not to feel a strong affinity for him. He risks all in this story to champion the injustice done to a Jewish military officer in a time in France when the largely catholic population demonized Jews. His tireless investigations and pursuit of the truth amidst lies, shams, public deceits, all enacted on the part of the government and the military, wielding all their tools of oppression against one solitary individual, serve to inspire us all that hope is never lost even when facing such a corrupt and all-powerful foe. This tale, as timely today as it was in the late 1800s in which the story is set, should serve to inspire the reader to live a more activist lifestyle and to champion their own causes, fighting injustice wherever they may find it. The premise of this fact-based story on its own is quite moving, but the writing is every bit up to the task of conveying such a tale, strong, confident, lean and journalistic, itself an homage to Zola’s own career as a journalist.
What a fascinating tapestry of fact and fiction! To Live Out Loud is a well-researched, well-written, historical account of novelist Emile Zola’s attempt to shine the light of justice on the case history now knows as the Dreyfus Affair. The story concerns a man named Alfred Dreyfus who was a Jewish officer serving in the French Military who had been convicted of providing secret intelligence to Germany. Zola, an intellectual of the Victorian era, writes a newspaper article where he declares Dreyfus an innocent man and it draws attention to the injustice in play. It held me from start to finish and left me wanting to know more about Emile Zola. I also appreciate profits from Ms Mahurin’s books go to help rescue dogs. Brilliant work and well worth the read. I recommend.
5 Star. Highly recommended.
A powerful and well researched novel. Great writing.
I loved the title and its significance. To Live Out Loud, brilliantly illustrates in a few words the life triumphs and struggles of the protagonist.
I highly recommend this historical novel by Paulette Mahurin.
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HIS NAME WAS BEN
Most people have been touched by the dreaded word “cancer” in one way or another. This is a beautiful love story (not sappy romance) about two broken people piecing their lives together while they deal with cancer. Some of it is all too real for me having watched two family members die of the disease. Ben and Sara have to overcome the obstacles of the disease while trying to bring closure to events from their childhood. They learn to lean on and trust each other, healing their souls in the process. In the end, they learn what love really means. It’s a book worth reading.
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THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
Expertly written story of life in a small town in the early 1900’s. The unusual characters win our empathy, and allow us to see how small minds can be the ruin of other people’s lives. Be ready for some mind stretching revelations. Highly recommended!
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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)
That’s a great review and a win-win that it helped Edit find a home.
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Paulette’s books are helping dogs find homes.
Aww, that’s so sweet. Thank you!
So glad that that dear little soul has a future to look forward to.
With you a 100% Helen. It’s lovely to be a part, albeit small, of the energy to help rescue a few dogs. ❤
You are a legend!
Aww, Jules, it’s so good to see you here. Legend? Hmmmm. You made me smile and you’re way too kind. I don’t think I do any more than you do, one small act of kindness after another, to try to help make the world a better place. Sooooo, if I’m a legend then you’d be too. ❤
We’re so Happy for Edie and so glad that you are such an inspiration for so many animals, dear Paulette. Pawkisses *to Granny: make that double Pawkisses, Granny, she deserves many more* for a Wonderful Week 🙂 ❤ ❤
Aww, those pawkisses inspire me and make my day. And to get double! Wow, How’d I get so lucky. Max and Bella send you and your gang a ton right back. 🙂 ❤ ❤
So happy for dear little Edith. 🙂 Fantastic review, Paulette.
With you on being happy about that sweet little poodle girl, Edie. Thank you so much for your kind words about the review. I was very happy with it. ❤
A great review.You are a gre
You are a great woman with the heart on the just place.
Aww, so sweet of you to stop by and say this Lou. Thank you so much. ❤
Thank you tons, Lou. ❤
And the ‘hits’ just keep on coming. Wonderful review, Paulette. Congratulations. ❤ ❤
Good to see you here and thank you Tess. ❤
You are welcome, Paulette. These days I pop in and out. 🙂
Dat’s so pawsum. Weez not know zactly how all dat works, but weez so glad da anipals be gettin’ help.
Dezi and Lexi
Aww, thanks so much. How it works is through a large group networking and pledging, using social media, someone steps up to adopt the dog we’re featuring. The pledges on that particular dog go with the dog to help with adoption fees, food, vet bills, etc. The sharing and attention the dog receives with all the outpouring helps bring attention (and a rescue) it might not have otherwise gotten. Hope this ‘splains it.
And last but certainly not least luv ya right back. wag wag
Congratulations on the great reviews!
I hope Edie will be very happy.
Me too, and it looks like she’s off to a grrrrreat second start. And thank you for the kind words about the review. I was very happy with it.
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Thank you so much for your kindness and support. May it translate into many wagging tails. ❤
I love these stories so much, I can like all your blog contents on this topic.♡
Your sweet and very kind comment here, you’re stopping by, has put a huge smile on my face. Nothing like having the love of dogs in common. Happy Thanksgiving to you. ❤
One more thing to give thanks for this year. Thanks for the reminder with your story. Happy thanksgiving to you too.