Review by Sirajuddin -- McDowell by William H. Coles

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Review by Sirajuddin -- McDowell by William H. Coles

Post by Sirajuddin » 26 Oct 2018, 10:55

[Following is a volunteer review of "McDowell" by William H. Coles.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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McDowell by William H. Coles is a fictional story of a surgeon who is eager to climb the ladder of success by hook or crook. And he is a passionate climber, and his expertise in climbing and surviving in the harsh climate is remarkable. His ambitions are high, and he can go to any extent to achieve them. He becomes the president of the International College of Surgeons, and by exercising this new authority, he wants to improve healthcare and education. But in his pursuit of achieving success, he forgets ethics, and empathy for others and pays the price for it.

William H. Coles knows the art of characterization very well, and the main character he developed in the form of Hiram Mcdowell, for this plot is a masterpiece of his craft. And this character of the novel has some virtues but not free from the flaws.

Hiram is ruthless at times and doesn't hesitate to backstab even his close friends, as it appears when Hiram becomes president of the International College of Surgeons, he removes his friend from his position. Hiram enjoys extramarital affairs, even after his third marriage. And on the family side, Hiram fails to save his third marriage with Carole, when he disagrees with Carole for the marriage of his son Billie with her daughter Tasha.

The middle part of the story revolves around Hiram and his relationship with his children as he proves himself as a supportive father and shows love and affection for his children. And Hiram travels with Sophie and Billie to Kathmandu, and they stay in their own furnished apartments near the hospital. In Nepal, both Sophie and Billie explore their passion for photography and capture interesting pictures. There are some dull moments in this middle part of the story that I didn't like.

But in the last part of the novel, the story takes a sharp turn, when the life of Hiram turns upside down, and the story gathers momentum, and it is pacy from here. In a case of euthanasia, Hiram assists the suicide of his grandson, and the jury convicts and sentences him to twenty-five years for second- degree murder. And Hiram thinks that he doesn't deserve this fate and escapes from the jail.

Now Hiram is a fugitive and takes the safe route of mountains to avoid the police. As he is an expert in climbing and trekking, and knows how to survive in harsh natural surroundings and finds a safe haven in the wilderness of Montana. And in this wilderness and loneliness, Hiram becomes an enlightened man.

My favorite part of the novel is when Hiram shows his generous human side when he saves an injured girl's life, by using his professional experience.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars, because I didn't spot any typos or grammatical errors, and the presentation of the book is very professional. I enjoyed reading this great piece of fiction, and to a greater extent, this novel is interesting and engaging.

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Post by Ayat paarsa » 03 Nov 2018, 09:03

Lots of appreciation for a comprehensive
review. Nepal trekking was the something, I really interested in.
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Post by Sushan » 08 Nov 2018, 12:20

Good review regarding the recently most discussed book. Enjoyed your review and thank you 👍👍
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Post by Zimall » 12 Nov 2018, 09:26

I recently finished this novel and it was really enjoyable. Author's defending attitude towards euthanasia was disturbing but overall a great story. Thumbs up for the review 👍

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Post by Espie » 22 Nov 2018, 20:10

The more reviews I read about this piece, the more complex the main character becomes to me. When said in plainer language, his character turns even more layered than before. Nonetheless, no matter how stuck in a rut or how despicable a person we could become, it's just amazing to think that we've still been seen as worthy of chances and even redemption. I hope the character and all of us get to maximise whatever we get towards the better path. Thank you for your write-up.
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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 22 Nov 2018, 20:49

well i have a published review on the same book as you but there are some changes i have seen in your review and that are the characteristics of McDowell make him different and gave him a new impression in each review. The climbing passion of Hiram McDowell can be meant for his climbing progress in the profession.

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Post by Sirajuddin » 24 Nov 2018, 00:43

Fozia-Bajwa wrote:
22 Nov 2018, 20:49
well i have a published review on the same book as you but there are some changes i have seen in your review and that are the characteristics of McDowell make him different and gave him a new impression in each review. The climbing passion of Hiram McDowell can be meant for his climbing progress in the profession.
The character of McDowell is multidimensional in the story, but he is not free from the flaws, like the characters in Shakespeare's plays, they pay the price for their flaws at the end of the play. And McDowell's flaws lead him to his ultimate destination. Well, thanks Fozia, for your appreciation and reading my review.

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Post by Jaykik » 24 Nov 2018, 09:21

I also reviewed this book and it was an interesting read for me. McDowell has many life lessons for everybody. Thanks for the review

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 25 Nov 2018, 08:58

Sirajuddin wrote:
24 Nov 2018, 00:43
Fozia-Bajwa wrote:
22 Nov 2018, 20:49
well i have a published review on the same book as you but there are some changes i have seen in your review and that are the characteristics of McDowell make him different and gave him a new impression in each review. The climbing passion of Hiram McDowell can be meant for his climbing progress in the profession.
The character of McDowell is multidimensional in the story, but he is not free from the flaws, like the characters in Shakespeare's plays, they pay the price for their flaws at the end of the play. And McDowell's flaws lead him to his ultimate destination. Well, thanks Fozia, for your appreciation and reading my review.
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