“I was given this book for free to do an honest review.
First, this is not my normal genre of book and wasn't sure if I would be able to get into it. I was wrong!
The year is 1895 and Oscar Wilde was sentenced to 2 years of hardship for a crime, being homosexual. In a town in NV people are gossiping about. This book is true to its time era and if not told I would have definately believed that it was a true story!
I could not help but get caught up and lost in this book because of its well written characters and storyline. You feel as if you are taken back in time and can vividly see the town, character etc.
Even if you do not think you would like this book I still recommend trying it. You may be pleasantly surprised, as I was! ”
“I had been looking forward to reading this book for some time and was not disappointed when I did. In fact, I was hooked by the time I reached the end of the prologue. After that it was very hard to put down.
Mildred Dunlap lives in a small town in Nevada with her cousin Edra. Since childhood both have felt a fondness for each other which has now blossomed into a full blown, if secret, relationship. At the time of the opening chapter (late nineteenth century), Oscar Wilde has just been imprisoned for ‘committing acts gross indecency’ (homosexual activities) and the world has been alerted by telegraph. The news, inevitably, reaches the small town of Red River Pass where Mildred and Edra live. Forever quick to judge, and mete out punishment and derision, the resident gossipmongers have a field day with this. Mildred becomes alarmed at the pure hatred and prejudice projected by the tittle-tattles upon their hearing this piece of news. All her life they have ignored her kindness and generosity, and instead have cruelly focused upon her appearance and wealth. If they were to find out her secret as well, she knew life would be unbearable for both her and Edra. As a result she sets out to mislead the gossips with her own plot, which has surprising consequences.
This carefully and beautifully crafted story is not just about the relationship between two women, it goes far deeper. It is a story about inherent ignorance and discrimination in general. It is also a story about tolerance, love, friendship and trust. Mahurin writes her characters in superbly and the reader is inclined to empathise with the more sympathetic characters of Gus, Charlie, Mildred and Edra, and to despise the hateful and hate-filled dogmatists like Josie, whose spite and bullying tactics are enough to make anyone shudder.
Written with total conviction and bucket loads of compassion, this is an extremely powerful and impacting novel which portrays a scenario not so very far removed from the society we live in today, and illustrates just how damaging preconception can be.
I highly recommend this book and am giving it the full 5 star whack
“It’s year 1895. Oscar Wilde and Lord Douglas have been caught having sex together.
A small town, Red River Pass, is upset. Two men together! That’s pervert! Dirty and ugly! They should be hanged! But the town has secrets of its own, too. Under the clean surface there’s a tragedy of a young girl being brutally raped, a father drooling after his own daughter and beating the crap out of his family. But what is more important the town is not unfamiliar with homosexuality as few years ago two little boys started a gossip of what they saw but didn’t quite understand. And that led to a terrible suicide and destroyed the lives of two families.
So no wonder that Mildred Dunlap is being worried. She is a tall, masculine woman with no beauty and helplessly in love with her cousin Edra. To protect them Mildred comes up with a genius plan to show interest in Charlie, a man whose wife has just died, and Edra agrees to go along, as Mildred is so sure Charlie will reject her. However, you should never underestimate the power of a rumor.
Josie, the towns biggest telltale and bully sees Mildred and Charlie together and starts a juicy gossip about them that only gets bigger the more it is been told.
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap tells beautifully a story full of difficult and painful issues. It is very well written cross-section about people whose destiny unexpectedly entwines together. It is a story of narrow-mindedness, bullying and secrecy. And yet it is a story about friendship, love and acceptance. I was immediately caught up in this story and would strongly recommend everyone to read it.
“Something I commonly do when writing a review is to see what other people write as reviews. I do this to see others points of view on the same thing I just read. A learning point for me to see how different people feel about the same item. I was sadden to see a review for this book be lowered in grade because the person reviewing this book doesn't support gay/lesbian relationships. That exact thing is one of the issues that Paulette so bravely and powerfully writes about in this story.
It worries me that in 1800 they had the same look at others as we do now in 2012. That is 212 years to grow and understand and come to terms and accept change that we have not done. We continue to consider things taboo that we do not understand or we ourselves do not like. And it breaks my heart that in 212 years we haven't changed.
Paulette has written an amazing and over the top historical fiction that if not informed that this was a fictional piece I would almost bet that it truly happen. She has so many details of the time era and so much passion and depth in her characters and story plot that you couldn't help but get lost in the story.
You may not support every issue in this book and you may look at the issues differently but I strongly suggest everyone to read this story and maybe just maybe give it a shot to be great even if you don't agree with everything in it. And a few of you it may even open your eyes. I know I am thrilled to have such a powerful work of art sit on my bookcase. ”
“This book awakened in me so many memories of my own life experience of being Gay in America. Even though this is a historical novel, it might as well be set in 1985, 95, or today. It is rare to find a book with so much emotional power. The author does an outstanding job of showing the reader the life with the closet of fear. The angst, compartmentalizing life, and trust issues are demonstrated so realistically through this book, I actually had to set it down a few times, because it struck a cord in my own past. Several times in my own life I have felt like Mildred. The intimate view into this character's life serves as a mirror that reflects back into your own soul.
Not only do I highly recommend this book, but it is my opinion that this text is destine to become a classic in the area of fostering tolerance, understanding and acceptance of people with differences. I commend the author for the courage to write such a story.”
“The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
By: Paulette Mahurin
I began reading this novel with no expectations except one… (That it was going to be either truly cruel or very sad)…. I am so happy that it turned out to be a wonderfully compassionate and victoriously triumphant read…..
I loved the prologue that started with the story of (Oscar Wilde…. A man put on trial and convicted for his sexual relationship with a man)… I’m a history buff so I’m always pulled into actual historic stories…. I was equally in love as I journeyed into this beautifully written novel and story of a town that even though ignorance, judgment and ridicule seems to be a permanent and familiar resident….it shows that they can also show how truly amazing one can be when forced with an injustice that can only be overcome through unity…..
The main character Mildred and her friend and companion Edra, gives us a uniquely amazing insight into a relationship of true love, companionship, friendship and enduring support that any person, no matter who you are….should aspire to have within their very own relationship.
The title intrigues you and pulls you in, but the story embraces and truly touches your very soul…..
A truly feel good and amazingly humanistic story that will be a part of your heart for years to come…..
Reviewed By: De Ann “Native” Townes Jr. Author of “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me”
Note: I received a copy of this book for reviewing (WaAr)
“In 1895 Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for two years in a hard labor prison camp for having sex with another man. When the news went out it impacted conversation around the world, that up till then were a more gentile conservatism tone of mild acceptance. After Wilde’s imprisonment, voices raised in attitudes of intolerance, bigotry and hatred. Although the protagonist of this story, Mildred Dunlap, is a lesbian, this is not a story about Gays and Lesbians, but rather a statement of intolerance leveled against all victims of hatred anywhere. The author does not limit the scapegoating to the Gay and Lesbian population, but carries it forth also by bringing in the Dryefus Affair which divided France on its position as a fair country that had moved beyond anti-Semitism, as well as racism against Booker T. Washington’s attempt to try to get his people into schools, to be educated. This is a story of bigotry and the devastation that comes from mindless hateful gossips and group mentality that fails to look at the truth behind the words that slander. The dialogue and scenery bring the reader into the story, as if a fly on the wall. It’s an emotional read, an enjoyable read, an intelligent read, and a satisfying read, that somewhere inside of all of us lives the heart, the potential that knows the power of love and friendship.”Rose Gold wrote this review Tuesday, August 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazon Review: by Dr. Charlotte Laws, Author & TV Host
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this excellent book, July 22, 2012
By Charlotte Laws, Ph.D. - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)
"The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap" is not just about the struggle of two women against a community that condemns same-sex relationships. This important book speaks to the viciousness of all forms of prejudice. It shows how oppression silences and hurts victims. It reveals how close-mindedness and sharp words kill the spirit in others.
Author Paulette Mahurin does a masterful job in bringing the characters and scenes to life. The happenings in a small Nevada town in 1895 are cradled within international news about the controversial actions of Oscar Wilde. The historical context gives Mahurin's book a richness that many novels lack. I wholeheartedly recommend "The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap."”
“In this debut novel the story-telling is excellent. Some of the character's like Gus and Charley will endear themselves to the reader while there are others you want to shake some sense into. We are dealing with the struggle of human rights and the visciouness of all forms of prejudice. Through this beautiful story we learn of love; physical, emotional and spiritual. We are enlightened by thoughts and lessons of tolerance, empathy and sesitivity and are reminded of how close-mindedness, hurtful words and gossip can literally kill the spirit in others. The problems in 1895 are no different from what we deal with today.
I borrowed this book from the Kindle Lending Library.”
“ The 1895 two-year prison conviction of English playwright, novelist, Oscar Wilde, that criminalized sexual activity between two members of the same sex sets the over-riding theme in this engaging novel.
The story takes us into a small Nevada town that same year where we meet Mildred and Edra, two kind-hearted women who want only to live their lives together in harmony with those around them. The announcement of the Wilde conviction stirs the pot of bigotry and prejudice amongst a group of gossiping women with a ring leader, Josie, who also bears a family grudge against Mildred.
One of the things that struck me most was how one person (in this case, Josie) can galvanize other people and spread poison through nothing more than lies and hatred. It made me ponder the dangerous nature of "gossip" and "spreading rumors" - and my heart went out to the long-suffering Mildred whose health was compromised from sheer emotional pain. I also thought about how this still exists today, ie.) the young gay kid who jumped off the George Washington Bridge because his roommate had video-taped him with another man. Also - the underlying cruelty and hatred in the bullying incidents we see on the news.
But the story isn't only about the pain and suffering of intolerance. Mahurin has created a cast of real and wonderful characters and two of them, Charley and Gus step up. As they get to know Mildred and Edra, we see that people are also capable of changing. Charley has just lost his beloved wife and his own suffering allows him to open his heart to Mildred and his mind to Gus (a Jewish man who hides his identity for fear of prejudice) Charley is befriended and educated by Gus when Gus shares controversial books with Charley and they begin to discuss "touchy" subjects... All sides are skillfully portrayed - the damage, but also how pain can open us up, how getting to know someone and communication can lead to tolerance and healing.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more stories from this author.