Review of To Live Out Loud by Rabid Reader’s Review

A heartfelt thank you to Rabid Reader’s Review for this post on my book To Live Out Loud:


To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: July 28, 2015


To Live out Loud by Paulette Mahurin, historical fiction book review by Rabid Reader's ReviewsIn 1894 Captain Richard Dreyfus, a French Artillery Officer was convicted of treason for passing military secrets to the Germans. Dreyfus was sent to Devil’s Island in French Guiana to live out his sentence. When a few years later evidence that Dreyfus was innocent was discovered, the French military did everything they could to suppress the information. French journalist, Emile Zola, ran with the story of the gross injustice in the periodical J’Accuse and became a target of those looking to keep the story under wraps and Dreyfus incarcerated. To Live Out Loud is the story of this historic case and Zola’s coverage of it and the ultimate pursuit of justice at all costs.


The author sent a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

In fiction there are absolutes. Good vs. Evil is a simple concept. To Live Out Loud takes a true injustice that happened to a real person and simplifies it to its base qualities for an introduction to an audience that may never have learned about the Dreyfus Affair in their primary-level, history class. In a truth being stranger than fiction sense, Mahurin takes the facts of the case and lays them out in an easy-to-follow format with the ultimate result being more of Zola’s involvement in the case and his ploy to free the falsely convicted captain.

Mahurin’s writing style is very direct. Her simplistic style allows her to tell a complete and very complicated story in a scant 178 pages. Fiction allows leeway for human motivations and conclusions, but while Mahurin does add her own take on Zola’s motivations, she sticks fairly close to the generally accepted narrative. Mahruin’s word picture of the environment of antisemitism and no holds barred suppression of those that knew the truth, is both awful and factual. Historically speaking, the Dreyfus Affair was an intricate and insidious conspiracy. What Zola did, he did to bring the case to light despite those desperately trying to keep it under wraps to force the government to do the just thing through public exposure. People suspect today that his ultimate passing as a consequence of involvement, though experts consider that unlikely despite the multiple attempts made on his life during the height of his fervent involvement in Captain Dreyfus’ case.

I was familiar with the Dreyfus Affair before reading To Live Out Loud. As someone interested in history, I appreciated the picture that Mahurin gives us of Europe at the time. There’s an electricity of fear and suspicion in the people. It was believed that Dreyfus would be a traitor because he was a Jew. There were those that thought even after he was exonerated that his conviction was ultimately for the good of the country and not for the self-interest of those that sought to suppress the truth.

Mahruin’s writing is elegant in its direct simplicity. Taking the fictional route she draws readers into a historical fiction roller coaster and takes them on a straightforward route from A-Z which, I think, will inspire many readers to research the case further. Mahurin has a track record in her fiction of shining a light on the attitudes and atrocities of the past, humanizing the subject for the readers and serving as a cautionary tale without preaching to them. To Live Out Loud is well edited and a read that some will find too quick.

To Live Out Loud is an outstanding work of historical fiction and a must-read for everyone, especially those interested in the history of human rights violations. Pick it up today.

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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)
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12 Responses to Review of To Live Out Loud by Rabid Reader’s Review

  1. tazzielove says:

    That’s a great review.

  2. Fantastic interview of the rabidreaders, Paulette. We are so purroud of you ❤ Pawkisses for a wonderful day 🙂 ❤

  3. makagutu says:

    That’s a great review

  4. Makes me want to read one of your books!!!! (AGAIN!!!!!!) 🙂

  5. natuurfreak says:

    a well derverved revieuw

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