Tears Before Exaltation Kindle Edition
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Tears Before Exaltation by Fidelis O Mkparu has an interesting story line and the plot certainly moves at a fast pace. I liked the character portrayals of both Ben and Brenda. I thought that the challenges in each of their lives, although they are so different from each other, are well thought out and well depicted. I especially liked how the topic of depression and mental illness has been addressed in a compassionate way. Ben also comes across as relatable and someone that I felt like rooting for. Overall, the dynamic between all of the characters is brought out excellently and makes this a good read." -Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite.
About the Author
- ASIN : B079SMX299
- Publication date : March 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1893 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,248 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One way he does this is with the pace of the story. This is not a comfortable, leisurely read. Things happen fast, and there’s no lead-up to events. Ben finds out he has a single day to rearrange his life to obtain the scholarship he needs to achieve his career. The notice telling him about the scholarship sits in his mailbox for 3 weeks because he is so busy working—to hold things together until he hears about the scholarship. Claiming the scholarship on time, telling his girlfriend about his good fortune and his sudden move, saying goodbye to his parents’ graves and the logistics of moving get all jumbled together at a bang-crash pace very similar to the rhythm of the emergency room where he has worked.
Mkparu continues the frenetic pace and abrupt gearshifts of events to show the intense stresses, not just on Ben, but on medical professionals of all kinds. For Ben, the avatar of failure appears in the form of a homeless man who appears and disappears from his neighborhood. At one point their lives cross briefly in a very human encounter, and at different times in the story Ben encounters the very real hunger and insecurity the homeless man feels on a regular basis. His first girlfriend is on her way to a successful career but recognizes that she lacks the stamina to help him wade through the financial, personal and emotional chaos still ahead of him. A second friend, Brenda, displays dependence and anger without boundaries, a function of prolonged, untreated mental illness. Unable to care for herself, she struggles with a career based on caring for others. His third friend Rita has achieved slightly better balance between meeting her own needs and those of others but can still be easily pressured by conflicting emotions and jealousies. Other characters illustrate similar struggles between personal growth and professional development, some with admirable achievements and others with disappointing selfishness.
While the romantic ups and downs keep a reader engaged, there’s a certain bang-crash emergency-room quality to the unfolding of events, whether they are personal or professional. There’s always some new crisis rising up before other matters are settled. One can only assume this is Mkparu’s way of showing how emotionally, financially and personally stressful becoming a medical professional can be—a good thing to remember when a young doctor keeps you waiting.