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RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
on November 23, 2015
Well written. It gives emotion and depth to what would otherwise be a courtroom documentary about a civil injustice. Is it the patriot’s calling to suffer for one’s country, or is truth the greatest honor we can bestow upon our nation? The reader is pulled into the mind of the best friend of Emile Zola, to witness his passion for justice and truth, to share in his heartbreak. This is courtroom drama with feeling and passion, but it in the end it is about the lasting ties of true friendship. May we never forget.
on November 28, 2015
The historical book based on actual events tells Alfred Dreyfus’ story. He was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and exiled.
Courageous journalist Emile Zola takes on the public and the establishment to prove Dreyfus’ innocence.
Paulette Mahurin brings the long-ago events to life with both compassion and fire. The controversial story crosses social issues and lines, including politics and religion. The Emile Zola quotes add depth to the well-written book. Ms. Mahurin’s research and ability to envision the past give an authentic flavor to the story. It is also important to note that the author donates her profits to dog rescue.
on November 23, 2015
This fictional account of the mysterious Dreyfus Affair is written from the point of view of Charles, a fictional friend to the journalist Emile Zola and follows Zola’s attempt to clear the name of Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus was a Jewish military officer in the French army, wrongly accused of leaking information to the Germans. The anti-Semitism and corruption revealed by the whole affair is as relevant today as it was shocking at the time. This spell-binding account is not to be missed.
on November 25, 2015
Historical novels need a delicate blend of sufficient factual information to add authenticity to the story but at the same time to not over burden the reader. To Live out Loud is spot on, I am left in awe at the amount of research that must have been necessary. As the author states in the Foreword this novel is loosely based on historical facts. No doubt a few embellishments have been added, the result is an intriguing snapshot of French history.
Time: 1895, sensitive military secrets have been leaked to the Germans. This is an embarrassment not only for the military but to the whole country. The real perpetrator is known but disclosure would also embarrass the military. Alfred Dreyfus is the perfect scapegoat. He is Jewish who are already disliked in France and his parents live in Germany. An indecently hurried trial sees Dreyfus convicted and banished to Devil’s Island. All hope of establishing his innocence seems to be lost; you need to fight the establishment who created this sham. Well regarded writer Emile Zola undertakes to expose the truth and those responsible even though it will surely destroy his career.
The novel traces the struggles and pitfalls Zola endures in his tortuous quest for justice. I know very little of this part of French history but I found myself mesmerized by this enthralling novel. Who would like this novel? Obviously it is a must read for lovers of historical novels. Anyone who enjoys a gripping story regardless of the historical aspect should take a look. And if you have a particular interest in French history it’s a done deal.
I was given a copy of ‘To Live out Loud’ in return for an honest review. Perhaps the name was the only part I struggled to relate to but I know how hard it is to come up with original titles. (note from the author: The title came from a Zola quote that appears in the novel just before the prologue:
on November 29, 2015
The author has crafted a wonderful historical novel that truly brings to life one of France’s most controversial and famous writers. The story of how he fought injustice against all odds is truly inspiring. A fascinating and easy read, I highly recommend.
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