Review by Gathoni1991 -- The Surgeon's Wife

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Review by Gathoni1991 -- The Surgeon's Wife

Post by Gathoni1991 » 11 Sep 2019, 02:20

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Surgeon's Wife" by William H. Coles.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Mike Boudreaux was the Chief of surgeons in the third largest hospital in the country. He worked with his teacher, mentor and fellow surgeon - Clayton Otherson. Dr.Clayton was a wealthy, highly accomplished surgeon, who specialised in bariatric surgeries using laparoscope. He had a beautiful wife, Catherine - a skilled florist and a trophy wife. One day, a bariatric surgery Clayton was conducting goes wrong, and he is labelled 'impaired'. Turning to Mike for help, he realises not everyone you help to climb up, will be willing to hold your hand when you go down. The events that follow shake Clayton's family to the core, as betrayal takes over trust and ends up in a mega tragedy.

William H. Cole tells a contemporary fiction story in his book, The Surgeon's Wife. The setting of the story is in New Orleans. The story is narrated from the third person's point of view. The story flows smoothly and has twists that kept me glued to the book, till the end.

I loved the story because it was centered around medical stuff, yet was very engaging and interesting even to non medics. The author describes events (including medical procedures) in intricate details. This gave the plot depth. The characters were well fleshed out and related well. Their actions served well to propel and develop the plot, giving it an impeccable continuity. The language used was simple but with a tinge of medical jargon and terminologies. The story had long conversations that developed the characters.

I appreciate how the author shed light on contemporary issues. One of them was obesity. There are a number of facets to it, but the major one was use of bariatric surgery to help obese people shed weight. The technique helped the morbidly obese who would not do dieting, drugs or therapy to shed their weight. The author gives a brief description of the interesting procedure: "...details of the lap band surgery, which restricted the volume of the stomach, and gastric bypass surgery, the Roux - en - Y procedure that reconnects parts of the digestive tract to bypass most of the stomach and prevent absorption. Procedure could be done through a small tube , the laparascope or through ann open - and much wider - incision in the abdominal wall". In the story there are statistics that showed the surgery was not as effective, because the patients still added weight after the surgery. Another issue was impairment of medical practitioners. This is a scary subject as patients put their lives in the doctors' hands. Infidelity was a theme that stood out in the story. The author shows how it can affect a family shaking its very foundations. He also depicts how betrayal can cause immense suffering.

I admired the story of one of the characters. Being from a humble background (a single parent family, whose mother worked as a fortune teller in the streets), he studied his way out of poverty to be a respected surgeon in New Orleans. This was my biggest takeaway from the book - how education can remove one from obscure poverty to place them in high society. What I did not like about the story, was how the women in the story were depicted. In that, more than one woman had been positioned in a marriage for social acceptance and advancement. All that being said I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited. There were a couple of mistakes but that did not deter me from enjoying the book.

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Post by corinaelena » 15 Sep 2019, 11:16

I didn't like the way the women were portrayed as well. However, I think we should accept this kind of representation as long as it is accurate. Turning a blind eye to these sad situations will not help solve them. I am glad someone else noticed this about the book, it was my main thought while reading it. Great review!

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Post by Gathoni1991 » 16 Sep 2019, 05:38

corinaelena wrote:
15 Sep 2019, 11:16
I didn't like the way the women were portrayed as well. However, I think we should accept this kind of representation as long as it is accurate. Turning a blind eye to these sad situations will not help solve them. I am glad someone else noticed this about the book, it was my main thought while reading it. Great review!
Oh thank you for reading and commenting on my review. Glad we share the same sentiments!

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Post by Aniza Butt » 16 Sep 2019, 11:09

I have read another book from the same author and was really an enjoyable read. But this book doesn’t seem my type.
Thanks a lot for the review gathoni :tiphat:
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Post by Gathoni1991 » 18 Sep 2019, 15:35

Aniza Butt wrote:
16 Sep 2019, 11:09
I have read another book from the same author and was really an enjoyable read. But this book doesn’t seem my type.
Thanks a lot for the review gathoni :tiphat:
Thank you for reading and commenting on my review!

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Post by Everydayadventure15 » 23 Sep 2019, 12:25

I loved your synopsis of the book! It sounds like an interesting one but I’m not a huge fan of medical surgery and procedures. Thanks for your helpful review!

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