To date in 2015, 136 dogs like these below have been rescued from kill shelters. I’m grateful for anyone who has helped in any way to make this possible, from donating to going to get the dogs, to reading and reviewing a book, to adopting or fostering, to all the rescue groups that have pitched in, and the endless good people shining a light on the needless overpopulation of dogs suffering in shelters. Can it do a heart more good than to help another? Please pass along an act of kindness no matter how large or small, smiles and touching another included.
It would be good advice to any writer I expect: “If you follow your passion, using prudence and wisdom and an ethical conscience, with your gift you might find luck.” The narrator of Paulette Mahurin’s To Live Out Loud, gives this advice to young Emile Zola as, fresh out of college, the younger man struggles to make ends meet. But perhaps the wisest advice, and that most relevant today, is, “The past doesn’t have to dictate the future.”
In 1985, when Dreyfus, the only Jew to make it so far in the French army, was wrongly accused and found guilty of spying, Zola, already famous as a writer, only complained in private. When rumors of a cover-up surfaced, his complaints against the vagaries of military politics became more public, thus falling foul of social politics too.
To Live Out Loud follows the travesty of Zola’s subsequent trial, revealing a world of patriotic lies, political expediency, and blatant untruths repeated to fire up emotions of uneducated masses — a world that seems, despite its much smaller media presence, not so different from our own. But this short novel concerns far more than politics, revealing how everyone watches through eyes of past experience, surrounding culture, and historical assumption. Even our own valued sense of injustice might be bound in personal bias. And the influential will always speak louder than the wise.
I was eager to read this book as I’d often heard of Dreyfus during my childhood in England. I’ve learned much more from this book, sharing that “moment in the history of human conscience” through the characters’ eyes, and really enjoying the read.