Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between 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 a revolution.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [2009]
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780375714368
Branch Call Number: F Ver


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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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Apr 17, 2017

Never has a book brought me to tears, or made my heart well up as Cutting for Stone did. Being a reader who doesn't typically enjoy overly descriptive writing, Verghese's style was so captivating. Medical terminology and unfamiliar language references aside, I found this book so beautifully written. Yes-I had to goggle a few words to grasp meaning, but it didn't stop me from turning pages! Often I found myself rereading a phrase, a sentence, or paragraph over again because of the amazing image it created in my mind. This story pulls one into a world that takes many different directions but always brings you back to the heart of the man telling his story. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. Don't let the size of this book keep you from reading it.

Feb 14, 2017

Absolute fantastic read. Don't be intimidated by it's size. I didn't want it
to end. It ranks with the best.

Dec 08, 2016

Follow this Indian family through their lives in Ethiopia. Thoroughly engaging. I couldn't put it down. Has medical/physician theme throughout. Characters will win you over and you'll want to see them all succeed!

May 23, 2016

An epic novel that spans multiple continents and encompasses everything from political coups to the evolution of medicine - but ultimately is about family and brotherhood and the unyielding love that binds us together.
Absolutely brilliant.

Mar 10, 2016

'Thoroughly enjoyed this read. It was a fresh storyline, set in Ethiopia with interesting characters. I also liked the historical aspects. It's up there with the best books I've read.

Feb 26, 2016

Fascinating story, almost as though the author has written from his own life history. Don't miss it!

Feb 22, 2016

This book is well written and the characters' stories intertwine beautifully (like a Franzen novel). But, for my taste I found this novel too sad and too descriptive in its bodily descriptions.

Dec 22, 2015

absolutely beautiful.

Jun 09, 2015

Set in Ethiopia, beginning in the 1940s; it envelops the reader in the history of the country, the politics of Haile Selassie, the deprivation of the hospitals, and the remnants of the Italian society that ruled the country. It remains a powerful read and one not to be missed.

Jan 31, 2015

This is an excellent book, beautifully written.

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mrsgail5756 Apr 12, 2013

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

mrsgail5756 Apr 12, 2013

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

Dec 22, 2011

'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

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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