4 out of 4 stars
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The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a short story based upon the character Michael Boudreaux and his love life along with his work life. The story illustrates a picture of a surgeon’s work life with long hours and unexpected twists and turns in surgeries which can be stressful, and how their work life affects their family life including marriages.
The story begins with Mike Boudreaux and his mentor Clayton Otherson in a stressful situation where Mike comes to save his mentor’s patient. This story shows how stressful work life with risks involved as one wrong move can make a drastic change in a surgery, including loss of a patient’s life or other complications. Due to long hours working tediously with patience and urgency with training and precision could save one life or lose one and in return give satisfactory results or even lose a patient and tarnish their reputations. The jargon used by the surgeons are not familiar with laymen, including their spouses and children and the long hours make them unavailable to attend to most of the important matters and events in a family and the stress of the job, maybe relived through shouting or other methods of conflict as well as being closed off to their loved ones.
I rate this 4 out of 4 stars as it was well-written and professionally edited with a flow that made me want to read non-stop till the end. The smooth flow and narration of the events which can happen in real life was depicted in a manner that even few lessons can be learned. The twists and turns in the story with conflicts in relationships and politics that can happen in any type of office, not just in hospital administration and conflicts among departments within an organization are narrated with depth that people can connect and experience while reading.
The ending of the book was surprising and unexpected with twists, making the end of the story happy as well as sad. The drama was not over the top and was something that can be expected to happen in the real life to more than one family in this world. The love triangle and how you know someone and then get to see someone and the difference of the two can be seen in this novella.
The thing that I love the most in this book is that it is not centered around one element. In real life many unexpected things happen and it happens in different arenas not just love or work or anything isolated. This book combines all the elements that can affect one’s life without isolating and pick and choose a few elements that is comfortable or convenient to be narrated. The society with class differences and how one is selected and treated from another is also indicated with status and class disparities taken under one circle of surgeons.
The Surgeon's Wife
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