Overall rating and opinion of "McDowell"

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Post by Disneyland » 05 Dec 2018, 19:17

I find the story of McDowell as something that added to my store of knowledge. I like the fact that the protagonist of the story is a surgeon by profession. I am aware of the growing scope of surgery in modern age! I least liked the sad end of the protagonist as I waited for an optimistic conclusion of his life as a surgeon. This would lead to many positive thoughts about people's possibilities and potentials. I would recommend the book to other people for the lively description of life on the streets to help them face crisis in life!

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Post by abbiejoice » 06 Dec 2018, 00:03

I never thought I would like this book, but I did! This book helps the reader understand other people more. It shows how difficult it is to really get to know people. There always seems to be another side to someone we cannot quickly know about.

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Post by ChristeenaP » 06 Dec 2018, 18:13

gali wrote:
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This is a discussion topic for the October 2018 Book of the Month, "McDowell" by William H. Coles. What is your overall opinion of McDowell? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not?
Overall, I found the book interesting. It was not a favorite of mine. I did enjoy the evolution of Hiram, though. Seeing his change was my favorite part. I did not like how it switched from one character to another each chapter. I felt it made the story harder to follow and keep track of. I do think it would appeal to many different types of readers but I will most likely not recommend it. There were lots of errors and it was just too slow.

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Post by Ekta Kumari » 08 Dec 2018, 08:57

I thought it was a perfect study on human behaviour and how desperate one can get to protect their success and status, and the importance of human touch even for ones who think they do not need anything except money. I am definitely loving the book. Yet to finish it, but I will recommend it to everyone. It's a beautiful piece of art.
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Post by JordanKSmith » 08 Dec 2018, 18:09

This is some of the best character development that I have ever read. Each character felt unique and three-dimensional. The progression of Mcdowell's growth was fantastic. The supporting characters felt more lifelike than most protagonists that I have read in other stories.

It took me a little bit to settle into the pace of the story. I tend to read a lot of fantasy which has a lot of action. I wouldn't say that I dislike the slower aspect, but there was a transition period.
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Post by Shalu1707 » 10 Dec 2018, 09:02

McDowell by William H. Coles is filled with a lot of mixed feelings. Hiram Mcdowell is selfish and arrogant and yet there is something about him that you can not hate him whole heartedly, He is wrong on so many fronts and yet he is right in bringing his children to a steady life from there aimless existence and toxic relations, He considers himself a victim of circumstances and does not take any responsibility of his wrongdoings. but redeems himself in the second half by actually caring about the people he meets.
It was fun to read his life which was nothing less than a roller coaster with its own ups and downs.

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Post by Flowers123 » 10 Dec 2018, 12:15

McDowell is a fascinating read. It is a story that's difficult to place. I liked it unpredictability and relatability. I read and reread some parts of it, especially the second part of the book. It had lots of valuable lessons packed in it. Parents and in fact every adult should read the book. It's not like your everyday fictional story because Hiram's character seems very real compared to what obtains on a daily basis. There are some scenes not suitable for the younger audience, so I don't recommend this to them.

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Post by Journalgirl » 16 Dec 2018, 13:27

Rate: 3 1/2 stars. I did not enjoy this book ( at first) . I felt that the story went back and forth a lot, but once I got a grasp on that the book started moving along. I did run into a few areas that I found myself having to slow down because there are several characters to keep track of , which did add to the confusion at first for me. Would I recommend to others, Yes if you enjoy plot line that makes you really focus on what is going on in the story. No, if you are expecting a quick and easy read. This book may cause triggers in some that read it, some maybe even feel that there are areas of being that can be found offensive.

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Post by Theresam » 17 Dec 2018, 12:31

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
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It's an enjoyable and an engaging book. Mr. Coles is a master in forming well-rounded characters. I definitely recommend McDowell and give it the perfect score.
I agree with you - I have the book 4 out of 4 stars and thought the author did a great job of creating characters with depth that were able to hold the readers interest

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Post by Misael » 27 Dec 2018, 18:14

I would like to review this; however, the author requires reviewers to be English-as-first-language readers. I wonder why?

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Post by Philip Decyple » 29 Dec 2018, 05:07

Brilliant book by all standards, I would recommend to everyone who loves reading Mr. Cole's is really up there with some fascinating character. For me I can say it took me some time before settling in the story. Hiram I can say is selfish and I hate him for that...but anyway it is a must read story.

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Post by praisecrown8 » 30 Dec 2018, 16:26

I already think its an amazing book from the review
Will consider reading it

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Post by praisecrown8 » 30 Dec 2018, 16:31

I already think its an amazing book from the review. Would consider reading it.
Thumps up to the author

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Post by praisecrown8 » 30 Dec 2018, 16:44

Everything about this story seems appealing.

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Post by praisecrown8 » 30 Dec 2018, 16:45

Everything about this story seems appealing.

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