Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Verghese, A.

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cutting for Stone
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death 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. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0375714367
Branch Call Number: F VER


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An epic story following two twin brothers growing up in Ethiopia. They both pursue medical careers, yet their lives take strikingly different turns as they pass into adulthood.

Comment by: librarylizzard Aug 14, 2013

I listened to this on CD at the recommendation of a coworker and many customers. I was not disappointed - the novel centered on subject matter outside my usual comfort zone (Ethiopia, an underprivileged hospitals, military coups, etc.). I was furious at Marion for some of the silly decisions he m... Read More »

Set in Ethiopia, India, and America, this is the epic tale of the consequences of a forbidden relationship between an Indian nun and British doctor.

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Jan 26, 2015
  • jennab4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW. I loved this book. I was completed captivated. I agree with one of the comments below, the narrator on the audio CD's is outstanding. An absolute must read.

Jan 02, 2015
  • drsvyas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous book. Was sadder as I read it because I did not want it to end. Very well written. Loved it !

Yes, absolutely, a five star book. I too struggled to get through this tome, but is was so fabulous! Helps if you have some interest in the medical field. But I have such a depth of perspective now that I did not have before - about each location, about people and relationships, about youth and age. Just a most amazing book. The narrator truly is outstanding. Every accent, every character a different tone of voice. Exceptional book to read/listen to. Highly recommended. I did have to check it out 5 times to get through it however!

Wonderful story. Have read his previous nonfiction and was very impressed with this fiction story.

Oct 29, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So book this book took me a long time to read, but I think it was just because I was in a reading slump a bit and picking up a book over 400 pages was not what I wanted to do. The reason I am pinning it on the length and being in a reading slump is because after I finished, I genuinely felt satisfied by what I just read and actually very much enjoyed the story. Interesting setting, characters, and time-period combined with good writing made for a memorable story.

Oct 26, 2014
  • eyelandgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have ever read.

This was an excellent audio-book. The narrator was exceptional. At first I thought it might drag a bit because of all the detail. After getting into it further, I realized it was all necessary to make the plot complete. I'm glad I persisted and listened to the entire book.

Five stars for this author and his book.

Jul 16, 2014
  • lilianabeatriz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved. One of my favourite books that I have read. Excellent!!!

Jul 15, 2014
  • JaniceT rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too much time spent on descriptive writing. I found myself continuously scanning through the paragraphs trying to get to the meat of the story. I finally gave up half way through the book.

Jul 08, 2014
  • bnotash70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the reader and the book! Story of conjoined twin boys, cut apart at birth, the mother dying right after, the father/surgeon instantly leaving the country, and the two doctors who saved them during the birth raising them.

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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

Apr 12, 2013
  • 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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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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