Cutting for Stone

A Novel
Verghese, A. (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Cutting for Stone

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A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel--an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics--their passion for the same woman--that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him--nearly destroying him--Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.
Authors: Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955-
Title: Cutting for stone
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Local Note: ss (02/09)
ISBN: 9780375414497
Branch Call Number: F VER
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One of my all time favourites.

Report This Jan 15, 2014
  • melkalley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books that I've read lately. It made me laugh and made me cry, and I didn't want it to end. I loved all the historical information about Ethiopia, and the story set within the confines of a hospital and religious context.

Report This Oct 04, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good read. Sometimes funny, sometimes too much religious and/or medical detail. A good look at some aspects of the medical profession as well.

I hated this book. It is so predictable, so overly sentimental. It is the only book in my entire life that I have started and could not finish. Drivel

Twins Marion and Shiva are born in tragic circumstances at a Mission Hospital in Ethiopia. Wonderfully told story about family amidst the backdrop of Ethiopia. Not to be missed.

Report This Aug 02, 2013
  • jbbutterfly3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and enjoyed both the educational medical lessons, picture it painted of life in Ethiopia and storyline.

Beautifully written book, captivating and emotional on many levels. Verghese is both intelligent and compassionate in his writing .

Report This Jul 25, 2013
  • JayHum rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved the story of this book. As a twin, I felt that I could relate very well to Marion and Shiva's relationship. Please be warned that the book is pretty graphic as far as surgeries, etc. I had to put it down a few times to regain my composure.

Cutting for Stone was a wonderful book from start to finish. I would recommend it.

A good read with insight into 3rd world vs 1st world medicine, and Ethiopian history/culture in the latter 20th century.

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Report This Feb 20, 2012
  • mary138 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

About the life of a twin fathered by a brilliant surgeon and his assistant, a nun. Mother dies in childbirth and the story goes through his life as he tries to understand what his calling is.


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Report This Apr 12, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

'Why must I do what is hardest?' 'Because, Marion, you are an instrument of God. Don't leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play!' - the advice of Matron to a young Marion


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  • LMOH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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