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McDowell by William H. Coles is one of the few good reads I have come across lately. It solely reflects on the importance of humanity through the many changes in life the intricate character called McDowell goes through. The beginning of the novel is very intriguing as Hiram McDowell, despite being a celebrated surgeon, leaves his hiking mate to die in the biting coldness of the oxygen deficient atmosphere up a mountain in Nepal as he himself carries on with his journey down to safety. As time progresses, we learn that he doesn’t care about his third wife who has reluctantly given in to an open marriage lifestyle. His wife’s daughters do not exchange even a word with Hiram and his son gets into trouble with one of them, all being under the same roof.

McDowell has cheated his way through to become the president of the International College of Surgeons. Surprisingly, he seems to be concerned only about his children. There comes a time in his life when his mentally sick grandson fails in his suicide attempt after committing multiple murders and gets hospitalized in an extremely critical stage only to die in a mysterious manner, causing McDowell to be convicted of second-degree murder. Quite soon, he manages to break out of prison and live as a runaway, whose story is of immense importance to a journalist trying to keep her job as she battles with the sexism hurled at her. McDowell now gets schooled by his life that gradually opens his mind to a spiritual good.
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