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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.Read more ›
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 I loved the historical references and the true parts of our history the author used as her backdrop.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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another fabulous read by this author! What I particularly like about her books is that they leave me feeling good about life. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2014 by Bill
In 1895 the world was rocked by news that Oscar Wilde had been convicted of gross indecency. The news threw a small Nevada town into chaos and this book chronicles how hatred and... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by Charles Bray
l enjoyed reading this book and it gave a good insight into the damage that rumour and gossip an cause.Published on 25 Dec. 2013 by amkd
What a marvelous riveting read! The story really grabs the reader. I found myself expecting the worst for Mildred and Edra and actually dreading the ending. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2013 by Kevin Cooper
Interesting story of a small town society and those that fit in and those that don't. Quite moralising in parts but nevertheless grippingPublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by T Budworth
This book takes place back in in 1985 and is based around the main character, Mildred and her love for Edra, her cousin. Read morePublished on 17 July 2013 by r.mcgeebuda
In The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap we find ourselves inside small town mindsets and dirty deeds. Author Paulette Mahurin conjures up an unforgettable story about how good people... Read morePublished on 20 April 2013 by B. L. Rocque
I can say I never expected to find this book so captivating, I never knew how hard homosexuality was back in the 1890s until I read Paulette's book. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by Crystal Clifton
There was such a lot that I loved about this book. For a start, the story rattled along at a good pace that never waned and always kept me interested. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Wendy Unsworth