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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap: A Novel by [Mahurin, Paulette]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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About the Author

Paulette Mahurin is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their three dogs--Eli, Max, and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K9DV4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the moment I started reading this book I knew it was special; beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of nature and a fascinating storyline that is set against the 1895 prison sentence of the English playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde, and the reactions of ordinary folk to his conviction.
The author gives us a glimpse of small town life near Nevada at the time of Wilde's conviction, and it's not pleasant to witness. We read how powerful spiteful unwarranted gossip can be, and how fast it can spread contaminating and infecting many of those who come into contact with it. Those who stand by and do nothing to prevent or stop such vileness are equally culpable. The tragedy is that we recognize that such ignorance, prejudice, bigotry, homophobia, racism, bullying, hatred, loathing, religious fervour and holier than thou attitudes, are not just confined to history, they are a modern day phenomenon too. Therein lies the book's power; it could just as easily be written about contemporary life. We humans have learned little wisdom with the passage of time. The author shows that unconditional love, tolerance and friendship is the only way to survive such an onslaught of viciousness and ignorance but it's easier said than done ~ and it does help that Mildred is wealthy.
There are elements of the book that disappoint ~ Mildred is shown as a stereotypical lesbian and the author goes to great lengths to ensure we realise she is tall and plain and manly and that men do not find her sexually attractive. And although her lover Edra is beautiful and feminine she is also stereotypical in that she has been psychologically damaged by a vicious rape that occurred in her younger life (which we are led to presume makes her afraid of all men in general.
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Never judge a book by it's cover... that would be the case with this book. If your put off by the cover please, set that aside and read this book, I promise you, you will not be disappointed!
I blew through this book as chapter after chapter I just could not put it down.

The 1895 prison sentence of English playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde, that criminalized sexual activity between two people of the same sex sets the theme in this original, creative and captivating novel.

I was thoroughly engrossed immediately and Mahurin kept my attention as Mildred, Edra and Charley shared the events of their lives as they unfolded. These are the main characters at the core of the story, but the secondary characters add depth and in the end everyone has a part to play.

Mahurin manages to weave issue's like bigotry, homophobia and racism not only against color but against religion into this extremely well written novel. Using a small Nevada town as scenery she shows how fear and loathing can lead to hate and ignorance. I loved the historical references and the true parts of our history the author used as her backdrop. Ultimately it's a story of love, friendship and tolerance.
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Really Got Me Thinkin' - 3.8 stars

Plot: 3/5 stars
I'll be honest, I struggled with this book's plot but probably not for the reasons you would expect. I'm a proponent of free choice and of leaving people to live their lives in whatever way they want regardless of race, religion, preferences, etc. I've had occasion to identify with Mildred Dunlap and I've also been fortunate enough to live in circles where I was accepted without question. I do, however, despise gossips, trouble-makers, and holier-than-thou's so, for me, this book was twenty-seven chapters of remembering why I prefer to avoid most members of the human species. It was like picking at a scab that I had long-since thought was healed and, apparently, it wasn't. For its ability to address some exceptionally tough issues and bring to light things that most people simply prefer not to think about - I respect this book. For making the terms "villain" and "church-goers" synonymous while the protagonists and their supporters were non-churchgoers, I was disappointed. In addressing one stereotype it, unfortunately, embraced another.

Characters: 4/5 stars
I had animosity toward pretty much every character in this book - which means they were well written and realistic. I was off-put by the fact that Mildred was the "stereotypical" lesbian (tall, manly, unattractive). Her lover also bothered me because, despite being beautiful and feminine, she embraced a second element of the stereotype as the victim of a vicious rape at the hands of a man. Women can be beautiful, feminine, AND psychologically healthy ... and still prefer other women.
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This is not my usual type of book, but I thought it sounded interesting.I thought the book captured the time as I imagine it to be very well,the small town feel, and town gossips,and the hardships of life at that time.Also the fear of anything different.I thought this was going to be a tale of woe, but it was actually uplifting and showed the goodness in people as well as the bad,I have to say I'm glad my time is now and not back then,good book I really enjoyed it.
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