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4/4

Review from OnlineBookClub.org
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.
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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