4 out of 4 stars
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MacDowell is a work of fiction written by William H. Coles. The book has varieties of settings and motifs. Borrowing few lines from the book itself,
The book produced mixed emotions. As I read, I developed anger, hatred and admiration for the character of Hiram, the protagonist, a multi-talented character. He was a surgeon, a musician and a mountain climber. The book is divided into two parts. The first part showed Hiram, a bad parent, an uncaring and difficult spouse, a selfish partner, a deceitful and manipulative leader and a murderer. It also presented Hiram's rise to fame, the climax of his achievements and his undoing. The second part of the book showed the renegade Hiram, angry and embittered by his predicament and his assumed ill-treatment, still arrogant and struggling to survive against all odds with his revenge plans. All his negative attitudes towards life and people changed when he met Maud. His anger against the society dissipated and he aimed only to prove that he was unjustly condemned.MacDowell is all about a failed surgeon who finds himself to make a new beginning with new perspectives and potentials.
The book is vast with different scintillating themes. Religion played a great role in the lives of the characters and in the development of the story. It was Maud's bible quotation that made Hiram retrace his footsteps. Similarly, religion helped Ann going. Although she contemplated suicide, she could not carry it out because her belief was against it. Egocentrism was also evident in the book. The protagonist's egocentric attitude was his undoing. He abandoned a friend to die. He made major life changing decisions for people without care as to their feelings or thoughts. The Tasha-Billie affair and the murder of Jeremy were very good examples. The theme of over-ambition was replayed severally in the book. Characters such as Paige, Perry, Micheal and Hiram were all driven by over-ambition. Paige nailed Hiram and helped put him behind bars because she wanted to prove that she was the best. There is also the theme of redefinition which made up the later part of the book. Hiram went out of his way to help people. The old Hiram would not have put himself in the harms way for another, but the new Hiram got exposed, caught and shot dead because he wanted to save someone he considered a friend.
I was in captivity and put in unbearable suspense as William slowly but expertly unravel the character of Hiram in all his glory and downfall. The grammar was chosen carefully and maturely. There were minor errors noticed. The language the writer used to write about Willie Brown got me confused and alienated.
I rate MacDowell 4 out of 4 stars because it is captivating, adventurous and filled with suspense and therefore, will appeal to individuals that love adventures and crime stories.
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