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To Live Out Loud

To Live Out Loud SYNOPSISIn France was torn asunder by a scandal that rocked the nation and divided the country An innocent Jewish military officer Alfred Dreyfus was unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on

  • Title: To Live Out Loud
  • Author: Paulette Mahurin
  • ISBN: 9780988846883
  • Page: 270
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  • SYNOPSISIn 1895, France was torn asunder by a scandal that rocked the nation and divided the country An innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on a desolate island The news that could exonerate him was leaked to the press, but was suppressed by the military Anyone who sought to reopen the Dreyfus court martial becamSYNOPSISIn 1895, France was torn asunder by a scandal that rocked the nation and divided the country An innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on a desolate island The news that could exonerate him was leaked to the press, but was suppressed by the military Anyone who sought to reopen the Dreyfus court martial became victimized and persecuted and was considered an enemy of the state mile Zola, a popular journalist, determined to bring the truth to light, undertook the challenge to publicaly expose the facts surrounding the military cover up This is the story of Zola s battle to help Alfred Dreyfus reclaim his freedom and clear his name Up against anti Semitism, military resistance, and opposition from the Church of France, Zola committed his life to fighting for justice But was it worth all it cost him, to those around him, and to France This is a narrative of friendship, courage, and love in the face of the adversity and hatred It is a story of how one man s courageous actions impacted a nation From the award winning author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap comes a book that will leave you examining your notions about heroism, courage, and your role in social change long after you read the last sentence.

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    1. Paulette Mahurin

      Paulette Mahurin is a best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master s Degree in Science Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015 Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the top ten bestseller lists on U.S U.K and Australia Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, is schedules for release in 2017.Semi retired, she continues to work part time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County When she s not writing, she does pro bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

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    1. A while ago, I read another novel about the mysterious Dreyfus Affair, and it left such an impression, I was thrilled to find To Live Out Loud, a truly fascinating, well-researched account of this story.The story begins in the late 19th century, when Dreyfus is sentenced for passing France's secrets to Germany. It was so interesting to read about the build up of tension between the countries in parallel to the tension the individual characters experienced. The sentenced man is Jewish and at this [...]


    2. This is a fabulous read! Combining real events that have been wonderfully researched with a fictional character to narrate the story, the author has brought to life the 1895 story of Dreyfus condemned to life imprison and branded a traitor for a crime he didn't commit. This takes place in France and we follow the attempts of Emile Zola to prove his innocence. Zola writes a headline newspaper story revealing the truth but is then sued for libel and the authorities do everything possible to preven [...]


    3. The Dreyfus affair and Emile Zola's "J'Accuse!" provide the theme for this short book. I was roughly aware of the facts and seized the chance to better my understanding of the matter. As I read, it seemed to me that at any point since, we could point to this tale and say that it is particularly relevant now, because our society is currently The story starts in 1895 as an artillery officer is court martialled and hastily found guilty of passing France's secrets to Germany. The man came from Alsac [...]


    4. In 1895 France was rocked and divided by the biggest anti-Semitic scandal in its history. When a young Jewish military man is falsely accused of treason and no one wants to risk stepping up to combat the might of military to expose its coverup, one courageous man steps up to expose the truth, fact by fact, that has leaked to the press. This is a story of courage against all odds and how one popular author and well respected journalist, Emile Zola, gave his life over to fight the good fight of ri [...]


    5. It would be good advice to any writer I expect: “If you follow your passion, using prudence and wisdom and an ethical conscience, with your gift you might find luck.” The narrator of Paulette Mahurin’s To Live Out Loud, gives this advice to young Emile Zola as, fresh out of college, the younger man struggles to make ends meet. But perhaps the wisest advice, and that most relevant today, is, “The past doesn’t have to dictate the future.”In 1985, when Dreyfus, the only Jew to make it s [...]


    6. So I finished reading this book yesterday. I am glad I could not write my review directly because yesterday I was still thinking that this book is a very strong 4* read. It is a novel yes but it is foremost a historical novel. Which is something I love. However it is a short read with the emphasis on the historical aspect leaving little in the way of character development. And for me, identifying with a character is extremely important. So more than 24 hours later I keep playing the story over a [...]


    7. I don't think I've ever read an historical novel that seemed less like a novel than To Live Out Loud by Paulette Mahurin. What this talented author has done has taken the famous J'Accuse letter of Emile Zola's to the President of France, in the late nineteenth century and woven a fictional account of his life during this period. This book is impressively accurate in the details that surround the libel case faced by Zola when he had the temerity to accuse the powerful French Army of a cover-up. T [...]


    8. I suspected I might enjoy this book and I was right. In my earlier years I was a student of European history and came to this book very familiar with the story of Emile Zola and the Dreyfus affair. Many people have heard of his open letter to a Paris newspaper 'J'accuse' without ever knowing the story behind the story and the French Naturalist writer who was responsible for it. The late 19th century was a time of turmoil, suspicion and anti-Semitism and Paulette Mahurin captures the essence of t [...]


    9. The author has chosen a memorable moment in history to illustrate the need for tolerance. The novel focusses on a world famous scandal and miscarriage of justice in France and the subsequent, long winded attempt to clear the name of a man falsely accused of treason. Told from the perspective of an outsider, a family friend, we see Dreyfus, his wife and the man who takes on their case with loving and caring eyes. This creates an intimacy for us reader that makes the politically motivated incident [...]


    10. The author of 'Live Out Loud' took an infamous historical moment and brought it to life. This was not an easy undertaking. Paulette Mahurin has the skill to enlighten and educate readers without boring them. When I recall the dreary lessons about Alfred Drefus at school, I wish it could have been presented in this way. What a difference it would have made!Emile Zola, the highly acclaimed writer, does everything in his power for Alfred Drefus, the Jewish officer accused of treason by the French g [...]


    11. This great book takes the reader into a divided French society. Players dig in their positions and battle it out, stooping to great depths, from the military to the Church, the battlefield being the fate of a man falsely sentenced to life. Within this conflict, Ms. Mahurin focuses on Human Nature as her subject, drawing the reader into the personal struggles and qualities, making this more than an academic study of the Dreyfus Affair. This is a fantastic story.The short novel is full of solid di [...]


    12. I don't mind admitting that I knew very little about Emile Zola, with regard to the Dreyfus affair, before reading this book. The title, ' To Live Out Loud' is a quote from Zola and, as is so admirably illustrated in book, the principle by which Zola lived his life, When a man is wrongly accused and dishonoured Zola proved himself not only willing to stand up for justice but to make great sacrifices in order to see justice done. The story is sad in part, but uplifting and a reminder that we shou [...]


    13. This is a well written and researched dramatisation of factual events. I was reminded of To Kill a Mocking Bird. The court case in this instance, revolves around prejudice;both racial and religious. Emile Zola wanted to hi-light the case of Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer unjustly accused and convicted of treason.However, the man in question is not on trial but Emile, his supporter as he fights the French government, the military, and the Catholic Church.Paulette Mahurin skilfully bui [...]



    14. In fiction there are absolutes. Good vs Evil is a simply 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 ca [...]


    15. To Live Out Loud takes an actual event in human history, The Dreyfus Affair, and lays it out in clear, concise terms that any reader can understand. More importantly, the reader can relate to what is happening and becomes involved in the search for truth and the desire for change. So often history repeats itself, and although this story takes place in 1895 France, it could easily be today, right here in America. It is a remarkable historical fiction that truly should be a must read for everyone. [...]


    16. ‘Terror descended on the streets of Paris. In the attack on the newspaper headquarters, twelve died and eleven were injured; hours later, five more were shot down at a Jewish supermarket.’No, this is not a quotation from Paulette Mahurin’s novel ‘To Live Out Loud’ which recounts what happened in the French capital when an article was published in ‘L’Aurore’ newspaper accusing the government of a miscarriage of justice involving a Jewish army officer. Those events took place over [...]


    17. To Live Out Loud is an extremely compelling fictionalization of the story of convicted French spy/traitor, Alfred Dreyfus (Jan. 1895), and the part in his exoneration played by French author/journalist, Émile Zola.  Dreyfus, a French Jew, had climbed up in the military at a time when anti-semitic feelings were running high.  Despite the fact that France had passed a Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 which guaranteed freedom of religion, the Catholic church, some news [...]


    18. Paulette Mahurin took her unusual title for this powerful little book from Emile Zola: “If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” In the aftermath of the travesty of Alfred Dreyfus’ 1895 trial and conviction for treason, Emile Zola is driven to use the power of his words, reputation, health and financial status to undo the injustice that tears at his soul. He is a devout Frenchman at heart and to see the anti-Semitism, lies, cover-ups and in [...]


    19. The backdrop of Paulette Mahurin’s gripping new novel, “To Live Out Loud,” is late 19th century France but the dark premise of political expediency taking precedence over justice and accountability could just as easily be juxtaposed against the corruption of contemporary Washington D.C. Likewise, the anti-Semitic sentiment which convicted Alfred Dreyfus on false charges of treason is little different from the escalating mantra in modern times that if you’re (fill in the blank), then you [...]


    20. “To Live Out Loud” is a story about Emile’ Zola who is a novelist and writer living in the 1800’s. The back story of this book is a tale of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish man and an officer in the French Military. Through an elaborate dog-and-pony-show ignited and propagated by the French public and military, Dreyfus is court marshaled and sent to prison for being a traitor. The military court has found him guilty of providing secret military intelligence to Germany. Some in the public have th [...]


    21. What does it mean to have courage? Who are the heroes in any struggle? Are they only the ones in the public eye who take a stand and suffer the consequences of colliding with the status quo? Or could the heroes be those who work unfailingly behind the scenes, supporting, encouraging, and giving sustenance to those outspoken leaders of “the cause?” Beyond these compelling philosophical questions, Paulette Mahurin’s newest book tackles the unfortunately ageless human tragedy of prejudice and [...]


    22. A story that will stay with me forever, To Live Out Loud was a touching, terrifying book at times. So well written. Terrifying as it makes me realize, once again, that mankind has learned nothing from history and mistakes are repeated over and over again. I’m sad to see prejudice and narrow mindedness, the main themes of Mrs. Mahurin’s novel are so valid in our modern times, and so called ”democratic” countries. The principle of the freedom of the individual subordinated to that of natio [...]


    23. Just finished reading To Live Out Loud and felt moved to write this review. Ms. Mahurin writes about Emile Zola and his role in the infamous Dreyfus Affair. It divided the masses but ultimately resulted in massive changes in the criminal justice system. The author tells the story from the perspective of Zola’s good friend, Charles. The book chronicles Zola's fight to free an innocent soldier, Alfred Dreyfus, from a treason charge. His ordeal was orchestrated by two military officers to protect [...]


    24. Historical novels need a delicate blend of sufficient factual information to add authenticity to the story but at the same time to not over burden the reader. To Live out Loud is spot on, I am left in awe at the amount of research that must have been necessary. As the author states in the Foreword this novel is loosely based on historical facts. No doubt a few embellishments have been added, the result is an intriguing snapshot of French history.Time: 1895, sensitive military secrets have been l [...]


    25. I’m a futurist by nature, and so reading sci-fi and fantasy and anything to do with the near and far future occupies the bulk of my leisure time. But every once in a while a writer comes along to connect me to the past in such a way that it’s every bit as much fun to time travel back in time. This is one of those authors and one of those books. I found Emila Zola, as a fellow writer and artist, upon whose life To Live Out Loud is based, quite the kindred spirit. He is if anything a bolder so [...]


    26. To Live Out LoudBy Paulette Mahurin6 August 2015As I began to read this book I was drawn in to a world captured in history, sprinkled with fiction and together makes a story that captures your attention while rupturing your very soul.To read the struggle of the main characters told through the eyes of their friend was not only telling, but truly moving. To be so utterly betrayed is overwhelming just to read about it much less be the one to experience it. But to have someone one in your corner to [...]


    27. Stories about social justice deserve to be heard, especially when based on truth. ‘To Live Out Loud’ is no exception. In 1895 Alfred Dreyfus a young Jewish artillery officer was falsely accused of treason and court martialled in France and condemned to a life sentence on Devil’s Island in French Guiana. The trial and retrial, characterised by anti-Semitism, and political and military cover-up and deception, deeply divided French society and attracted international outrage. A French journal [...]


    28. To Live Out Loud is a fascinating and thought-provoking account of the French journalist Emile Zola and his involvement with the Alfred Dreyfus affair. Dreyfus was a Jewish French army officer falsely convicted of treason in the late 19th century. In 1898, Zola put himself and his family in grave danger by publishing an open letter to the president accusing the French army of anti-Semitism and the obstruction of justice. I knew very little about Zola before I began this book, but found myself ve [...]


    29. This novel is a rare beast: at once an entirely factual account of a historical event, edifying and intriguing, and a richly moving piece of fiction that brings its characters to life in wonderful exchanges and passages of naturalist prose.One of the things that delighted me most was the subtle way in which Paulette Mahurin brought out the characters and made them empathetic: big changes like Zola's travels are treated with deft descriptions, but the change in timbre of his voice, the movement o [...]


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