Like so many other reviewers, I wouldn't have thought something in this genre would interest me, but this book rises above category by dint of solid wLike so many other reviewers, I wouldn't have thought something in this genre would interest me, but this book rises above category by dint of solid writing, well-considered complex plot lines that respect the reader (ahem, take note you daft Lost writers), and characters that I want to follow.
As a cherry on this cake, after reading this, i could immediately check out the new HBO series to see how the creative people there imagined the world and the people. Again, I found great respect by HBO in treating the book's readers and diligence and thoughtfulness in everything, including, for example, creating each set (e.g. Winterfell) with materials that they imagined would come from within just a 50-mile radius of that castle in that climate. How great is that? Makes me want to run off and join whatever creative team that is.
The only part of the book that just kept bugging me (and stuck out because the rest was just so congruous with the reality of this world the book is set in) was that the northern wall was 700 feet tall. That's freakin' TALL. I kept measuring this and actually did a Google search to see what buildings were also 700 feet tall. So, this wall would be equivalent to a 55-floor highrise, but would span the miles from border to border.
Maybe they explain how in the world that could be in some later book. I kept thinking - is this author very bad at math?
Otherwise, very engaging and entertaining and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books. And this from someone who LOATHED all the Hobbit/Ring stuff....more
Translation by Buss was terrific ! Highly recommend to all to read this unabridged version... Gripping, fun, suspenseful...a totally non-stuffy classiTranslation by Buss was terrific ! Highly recommend to all to read this unabridged version... Gripping, fun, suspenseful...a totally non-stuffy classic. Treat yourself....more
Beautifully written, engrossing novel plants you deeply in the passion of practicing medicine, winds you intimately into the cloth of Ethiopia. VergheBeautifully written, engrossing novel plants you deeply in the passion of practicing medicine, winds you intimately into the cloth of Ethiopia. Verghese uses language so elegantly and paces his story so perfectly that I was totally transported.
I finished the book feeling homesick for Addis Ababa, although I have never been there.
When I signed up (in several places) to review early editions of books on my blog and in other viral / social media places (like Facebook), I had that little hope that I would be one of the first to discover a great new treasure and then be part of making sure the world knew about it.
I was sent the uncorrected proof courtesy of an offer from Alfred A. Knopf in the daily "Shelf Awareness" email newsletter. Thanks, Al.
The good news is - this early edition of Cutting for Stone is exactly that rare gem I was hoping to find!
The slightly less good news is - so many more high-profile reviewers are already raving about it, so Verghese probably doesn't need my help in the slightest.
Still, I feel lucky to be one of the first readers. It's hard to imagine another book unseating this as my favorite of 2009.
For me, it was right up there with East of Eden.
Now excuse me while I run out to eat a hearty meal at the one spot in all of Austin serving Injera and veggie Wott.