4 out of 4 stars
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Mcdowell by William H. Coles is an absolute persentation of diverse behavioural characteristics displayed by a man. A classified surgeon with a sturdy reputed identity, a passionate mountain climber who can please people with his harmonica, working for the needy at times though professionally, yet unjust as far as moral ethics is concerned. Being comlpetely apathic towards others even his wife while at occassions a family caring man especially for his children but in an age old orthodox manner. Remaining ignorant about the sins he committed rather unknowingly, this character of Hiram Mcdowell picturizes almost every scenario of the world prevailing nearby.
This fiction based drama novel which is really hard to classify as such within these word limits, runs in two parts. The first part of the story paints a glorified picture of Hiram leading the International College of Surgeons and being nominated for the Secretary Health, United States. He has earned a recognition among some serious obligations which were rather never proved to be correct. Also, his contributions in the field of healthcare ranged from but was not restricted to establishing and running a medical foundation in a country like Nepal. Mcdowell leaves no chance of mountain trekking amidst the picturesque scenes of one of the world's highest peak. He marries a widow, Carole after some unsuccessful ones and still remains completely dissatisfied with the same. He shows some care at times towards his children Ann, Billie, and Sophie despite occassions of negligence rather in an unalienated manner. On the way he corners with his family and enemates his friends.
Contrary to the first half, what he did to others, what he committed, desired, confronted, tricked and backed, all the sown bear its fruits, resulting in completely dire consequences which were absolutely diverse from the projections. When Hiram's elder daughter, Ann and her family faces a tragic situation and what Hiram's concern for his child, decides, this predetermines his own destiny. On contrary, his children Billie and Sophie both of them grow up building their own new paths with broken pieces of their past into a naval blessed life. Billie turns up with his music taking along the path of life with his own family. So did Sophie with her career growing, intermingled between photography and journalism, almost unpurturbed amidst several obstacles. Hiram progresses in his journey with utmost carefullness, having much attachment with his Memoir, constructing it block by block, which he considers as an only way to interact with the outer world, to express his unsaid to others.
I will rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Coles story is an admirable work woven around diverse characters with very strong and unidentical representation, who never fail to keep pace with the run. Mcdowell's progress along with its attributes, those of agony, apathy, fear, dislawfullness, obligations, accusations and many more amidst of ego, arrogance, self esteem, care, the never to give up human attitude with floating bits of likes and dislikes.
Above all the commendable efforts of the characters as they left no stone unturned and kept moving on. This continuation takes the book beyond the level of satisfaction and the same is the most appreciable thing for me in the book.
The book has been flawless as per my view with an exceptionally good editorial work. I think this book will target the readers who love fictional works involving the modern day malpractices and their implications in institutions like medical healthcare, journalism and their political whereabouts, thus keeping apart their fairness and lawful identity. The plight of females in Asian countries is also shown very sympathetically when Sophie takes on her photography campaign in those areas of the world, where a ruthless and hostile attitude is adopted towards females. Moreover it can be said that the compilation is a complete package for readers.
To conclude I will like to say that a man plans his life, faces circumstances strange and unpredicted, struggles to make it run along. Yet life always continues, playing differently from our desires and determining our fate almost unaffected by our conquests.
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