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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap chapter 1 The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , meaning The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , genre The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , book cover The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , flies The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap 8a190bba74e44 The Year 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 Britain S Recently Passed Law That Made Sex Between Males A Criminal Offense When 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 Wilde S Imprisonment It Is A Chronicle Of Hatred And Prejudice With All Its Unintended And Devastating Consequences, And How Love And Friendship Bring Strength And Healing


10 thoughts on “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

  1. says:

    Based on the synopsis, about homophobia and injustice, I thought I would love this book but it was so light and twee sorry author that I only just managed to finish it.


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    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 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.UPDATE February 20, 2013 The book made it to Six Bloggers top 2012 Lists and was voted on as the historical fiction read of the year by the literary magazine, Turning Pages Kudos to the author.


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    Loved it.The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a warmly engaging story in which some of the characters endear themselves to the reader, others raise our hackles, or just plain annoy us, each as they remind us of aspects of our own selves.Without hyperbole, Ms Mahurin elucidates the human tendency to bigotry and antipathy to otherness borne of indoctrination, fear and ignorance This charming tale, set in a turn of the century small Nevada town, disseminates Oscar Wilde s astute observations on humanity, a man himself much persecuted, and employs wisdom from the great philosopher Aristotle.The author s own empathetic nature and keen insights shine and open our minds and hearts to embrace one another knowing that we are all fundamentally much the same on the inside We learn through this moving story that what we do not understand in others is not intrinsically threatening to us our differences often afford opportunities to learn and grow to be better human beings.I highly recommend this very readable and enjoyable novel to readers young and old.


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    pick a little talk a little pick a little talk a little cheep cheep cheep talk a lot pick a little picture a bunch of hens clucking around farm yard thought of The Music Man spreading gossip and that is the book The persecution of Mildred Dunlap the main topic to this story is GOSSIP GOSSIP GOSSIP and how it can wreck lives this book takes place in 1895 in mid America news just spread around the world that author Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for showing public affection to another man this news made it to the town Mildred Dunlap lives She lives in a home with Edra what the town folk do not know is that Mildred and Edra are lovers this is a secret they cannot let the gossipy town folk know So Mildred starts up a story of her own all she does is plant the seed and lets some of the known gossips think she is interested in a man named Charley who recently lost his wife the main trouble maker named Josie takes the seed and runs with it Mildred only intended to sway the gossips from catching on that She and her cousin Edra were that housemates but Josie and some of the other women take it to a whole level now thanks to Josie s gossip, Mildred is pregnant, and now engaged to unsuspecting kind gentleman Charley Josie is the ringleader who bullies the other women in going along with her vicious gossip there are some tragedies along the way some sad lessons taught I found myself infuriated at the cruel gossip inflicted by the towns people mostly women.Josie in particular is retched, she has a hatred for just about everything one of the townsfolk a very nice man who minds his own business has to hide the fact that he is jewish I know what is feels like to the be victim of very cruel gossip it is amazing how eager people are to latch on spread vicious lies about innocent people Mildred had a good heart, so does Charley, and Gus the store owner It made want to see the josies of the world get theirs I also liked that at the beginning of each chapter there is a quote from Oscar Wilde.


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    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.


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    This novel s impact and importance as an historical realistic fiction piece sneaks up on you and grows as you turn the pages One cannot ignore the injustices of man s inhumanity to man borne out of ignorance and prejudice, the roots of which are deep seated in history Mahurin tactfully reminds us how the tentacles of such injustice insinuate their way into daily life, manipulating and hurting with every twist and turn Set 100 years ago, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap depicts history and in doing so acknowledges our progress to date The novel helps remind us of the importance of that progress and tacitly urges us to keep moving forward.


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    The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap takes place in the small town of Red River Pass, Nevada, 1895 All her life Mildred has been an outcast, resigned to forever being an old maid When love finally comes to Mildred it s in the form of her cousin and best friend, Edra Fitzgerald After the arrest of Oscar Wilde in England for gross indecency makes headlines around the world, Mildred and Edra must find a way to keep their relationship secret Mildred comes up with a plan She befriends the recent widower, Charley, in hopes that the catty townspeople will be satisfied with that and leave her and Edra to their privacy.Paulette Mahurin weaves the compelling struggle of two women against a community horrified at the idea of a same sex relationship Prejudice takes center stage, all the while showing us how narrow minded people with ugly minds and sharp tongues can destroy the spirit of those that dare to be different.In The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, Mahurin shows us love truly does conquer all An enduring story for the ages, destined to be read again and again.


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    1895 Oscar Wilde has just been convicted in England of committing acts of gross indecency and sentenced to 6 years in prison Small town Red River Pass, Nevada, is captivated by this news and talks of nothing else Two men together Josie Purdue raised her voice above the crowd, drawing a hush and attention to her More like five All his past lovers came forth Shows what an ungodly lot they all are He deserves what he got Throw away the key, that s what I say Those kinds don t deserve to walk the face of the earth This prevailing sentiment and a past suspected incident of two male lovers fuels the fire.Mildred Dunlop was bequeathed a substantial fortune when her father passed away but, unfortunately, she was not bestowed femininity She is 6 feet tall, her hairline is receding, she has hair on her upper lip and an ungainly figure Her money and lack of beauty are already hot topics amongst the local women, who deliberately shun her Mildred is extremely benevolent with her money, often assisting townsfolk in time of need Her generosity is ignored by the women, who would much rather focus on her shortcomings in their eyes.Mildred lives on her somewhat isolated farm in seclusion with her cousin, Edra, a stunning beauty, who is traumatized by a terrible event early in life Mildred and Edra are in a relationship and live as a couple They are careful to keep this secret, not allowing their few visitors to discover there is only one bed in the house.Charley has just lost the love of his life He is a man bereaved and inconsolable Mildred, desperate to keep nosey people from making assumptions in the wake of the Wilde furor, strikes up a friendship with Charley to divert the town s attention She is confident Charley will never see her a romantic light so there s no danger Edra, on the other hand, is not quite so secure and is jealous of Mildred and Charley s relationship.Just as Mildred supposed, soon the women are scandalized They talk of nothing but her and Charley, speculating on the nature of their relationship They make it their business to get the truth of the matter Several menfolk are disgusted with their wives snooping, but few try to put their foot down to stop it It ends with tragic consequences.All the while, the extreme prejudices of the times and small towns are evidenced by hatred of Jews and blacks News reports of calamities befalling Jews and blacks are cause for joy and reiteration of Can t trust those kindShould know his place The Persecution of Mildred Dunlop is not so much about her relationship with Edra, as it about bigotry in all its ugly forms The discovery of Mildred and Edra s relationship would be disastrous or would it It really depends on who finds out.This novel displays the offensive side of human nature without glossing it over, how life events affect thought patterns, building friendships, transformations and acceptance It is a brutally blunt novel in some respects, yet one of hope.


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    Powerful Message Paulette Mahurin s The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is an eye opening book with a very powerful message and I read it with great interest First, an admission I am a diligent history student because as the greats of old would tell you, Those who don t learn from history are doomed to repeat it This is why all my books have a thoughtful and meticulous historical underpinning seamlessly worked into the narrative Paulette Mahurin masterfully weaves into her book the historic references of the late 19th century Oscar Wilde s trial for gross indecency in Great Britain is the main reference throughout the book, but also mentioned are the controversial Dreyfus conviction for espionage in France, Booker T Washington, The aggressive US Monroe Doctrine expansion to South America and as a mere wisp, prejudice against Jews in both Russia and USA.All these historical acknowledgments are much than mere nods to well known past events They serve to bring the entire world into the small Nevada town, which is the center of book s action, and they also serve to underline that prejudice, ignorance and small mindedness have no borders and are equally suffocating and harmful whether they are directed against a famous writer, a simple woman, a race, a religion, or against entire nations Nothing happens in a vacuum, and so, this small Nevada town gets involved in raging world affairs through telegrams received via local post office, while playing out their own quiet drama, where gossip and malicious persecution of someone different becomes a sport I was impressed by the character of Mildred Dunlap She is hardly a good looking woman, with money and a wonderful heart, who helps her neighbors financially despite being the subject of constant gossip and black envy throughout her uneasy life Mildred allows herself only one indulgence her long time secret love affair with her female cousin Edra But the aftershock of the Oscar Wilde conviction in Britain threatens to change the status quo as the two women start fearing that they may become the subject of persecution themselves I found the book development done exceptionally well and I found myself rooting for Mildred.The author is part of the medical profession and I was very impressed how accurately various medical conditions were worked into the story line and how much they enhanced the book The shocking and memorable culmination of the story is also about a medically related mistake costing someone their life but no spoilers The story also underlines the karmic consequences of one s actions as in the end everyone reaps what they ve sawed Highly recommended


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    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 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


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