Review by Dorcas Serwaa Adu -- McDowell by William H. Coles

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Review by Dorcas Serwaa Adu -- McDowell by William H. Coles

Post by Dorcas Serwaa Adu » 24 Nov 2018, 18:35

[Following is a volunteer review of "McDowell" by William H. Coles.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Wow! Another classic from no other than William H. Cole. This book Mcdowell is lit and will make you bash your head on anything closer to you or worse, throw your electronic device or novel against something hard due to the emotional rollercoaster. In this book, our Mr William, introduces us to the protagonist, Hiram McDowell, who is a renowned surgeon and also a founder of the International College of Surgeons based in Nepal. Hiram loves to climb mountains as the exertion and isolation energizes him, so he makes it a point to go mountain climbing twice anytime he visits Nepal. After the death of his second wife he marries a widow named Carole who had two daughters. He already had three kids from his previous marriage so he got a place in Denver for Carole so that she can take care of the children. He was never a family guy, rarely seen at home and provided the family with only their physical needs. He never cared and even if he did, he had a hard time displaying his affection. He was a visionary and very ambitious. Dr. McDowell in his quest to climb higher on the ladder of success, stepped on many toes and slapped lots of faces, belittling them, cheating them one way or another and using his manipulative and cunning ways to achieve his motives. Many of those people vowed to make his life miserable as long as they lived. Hiram never cared one bit because he was always very calculative and cautious of his actions until he was faced with a situation of life and death. Where he had to live among low breeds ( low class in society), in the wilderness always hiding from people and covering up his tracks (laying low). On these journeys he met lots of people who thought him a sense of belonging and he really got to understand the difference between living and existing, controlling ones anger for the world and doing things out of the good of ones heart and not of personal gain.

Characterization in this book is points down, as the reader gets to interact with the characters, get to know what's in their minds and also to relate on an emotional, mental and physical level to both the personal and national issues. The book presents the world in it's actual color (habitat), without hiding anything from it, which is a good thing because it shows how hypocritical humans can be at times. It evaluates the subjective and objective nature of mankind and how responsive they can be when triggered.

There are a series of things I loved about the book, McDowell. Starting from how it teaches that immediate judgement of a person is not the best way to go about things. When the matter arises, we must listen to both sides then later present our judgement so as to prevent being bias. Also the case that success doesn't have to always be about money. It should be about making a change as well as earning an honest and decent living, thus working selflessly. It also emphasis on the benefit of family and not being with a person just so you can earn something from them. Hiram saw the need to destroy anything that will drag him down out of the way as he felt the world needed to serve him which shouldn't be the case. This is because the statement is in the opposite of what is to be actually done.

This book is recommended for teens, young adults and adults. The idea being that, it portrays the need for parents to not only support their kids physically but also emotionally and psycologically. It tells them that if that is not the case, the children might learn improperly from the mass media and become a nuisance to their nation. Furthermore, it gives women the chance to voice out and bring out their inner woman to fight against sexism and uphold feminism. Since being a feminist is a form of empowerment to ones being. It also teaches one to be bold and proud of what they are if they belong to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) society.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars since it contains almost unnoticable grammatically errors and built for critical minds. In all, William prompts us to the fact that we are our own people and are subject to change. Certain situations are there to prompt and help us become better people and identify our true calling. Don't victimize yourself too much or wabble in the pool of anger and self pity, be objective and welcoming to change or new ideas, after all, we are one people, same red color blood runs through our veins. And once you have faith in your maker, then all is well!

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