What do you think of Hiram McDowell?

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Re: What do you think of Hiram McDowell?

Post by SpencerVo » 14 Nov 2018, 12:56

At first, McDowell was a despicable character to me, and I cringed hard at his every thought. He was so toxic, pretending to be a respected public figure when in fact, his head was peppered with disrespectful monologues aiming at EVERYONE. But I gradually came to forgive him a little bit, and I wished he had been granted an actual chance to make amends for his mistakes and reconcile with his family members.
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Post by fndirangu20 » 21 Nov 2018, 09:27

Hiram is a self-centered man who cares for no one except his children. He may be a fictitious character, but sadly, Hiram represents many people in the real world where fame and recognition are the only things that matter to them. But, no matter how despicable he may seem to his colleagues, Hiram McDowell is not beyond change and remorse. After all, no person is inherently bad.

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Post by holsam_87 » 21 Nov 2018, 23:54

I really didn't like Hiram at first but by the end, I found him tolerable. He went through a lot, which changed him for the better.
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Post by bdu15062 » 28 Nov 2018, 23:26

At the start I really disliked Hiram. He only cared about himself and liked to play around with women and money. At the end of the book I think he redeemed himself, but I still wouldn't class him a good person as he did a lot of bad things.

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Post by TALIA ONYANGO » 01 Dec 2018, 23:13

I saw him as a ruthless and insensitive character. His relationships with his wife and colleagues at workplace is unbecoming.

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Post by Disneyland » 05 Dec 2018, 18:01

Hiram McDowell's personality is realistic. It helps us maintain a down-to-earth approach towards life that is full of odds and is truly testing in all ways!

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Post by Ekta Kumari » 08 Dec 2018, 10:16

The author has done a very good job in portraying the main character. He is a shallow man, lack of respect for everyone not only women made him a perfect narcissist who only cared about his own well-being. He was cynical and the only role where he was somewhat good was being a father. Otherwise, his character was flawed at best.
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Post by Jillpillbooknerd » 09 Dec 2018, 21:21

I was not a fan of Hiram McDowell. I understand that the author was trying to write a flawed character but I have never met anyone in my life that wasn't a mobster, who was just a horrible person. It was hard for me to read at times because I disliked him so much.

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Post by Nusrat_Shabnam_ » 10 Dec 2018, 01:35

I haven't read the book yet but I think that I am going to hate his character. He seems really rude and selfish.

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Post by Shalu1707 » 10 Dec 2018, 10:25

Hiram McDowell is a complex human with a cold heart. He is selfish but come on, in today's time and world who is not? Everyone is selfish with just the difference in radius. So calling him pure evil is not correct as per me. He is cold hearted and thinks from his point of view only, which is quite twisted. But he is finally forced to discover a new point of view when he is left alone with little human contact but still he never accepts this clearly in his head.

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Post by Theresam » 17 Dec 2018, 12:50

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
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This book, McDowell, stands-out because of Hiram. His flawed, unreliable, and selfish nature adds a high voltage to this read making its reader to punch-a-pillow. I like to maintain a neutral stance with his character because his unspeakable nature is what made this book eventful.
I agree- I think the author created a very memorable character when he created Hiram. It was such an interesting read - he was definitely flawed!

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Post by Moray_001 » 29 Dec 2018, 13:08

When I first started reading the book, I felt Hiram was not much of a family man despite having quite a lot of family. He also seemed nonchalant about his marriage and didn’t try to impact any morals on his children. I expected more resistance to Billie’s incestous relationship with Tasha. But towards the end, he seemed to develop more empathy towards people, especially strangers.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 05 Jan 2019, 23:40

I am half way through this book and have yet to change my position of immediate dislike for Hiram's character. I am holding out hope for redemption in his character before the end of the novel, but I most definitely have my doubts.
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