This is a great read, especially if you are keen on biological sciences. I have a science degree and learned all about cells, DNA, cancer and never le...moreThis is a great read, especially if you are keen on biological sciences. I have a science degree and learned all about cells, DNA, cancer and never learned about how we got the cells to study to find out this information. I have never even considered the people behind the cells I studied in university. This book was an eye opener and it is well written and well paced that it keeps your attention. Definitely a learning experience and a book that makes you think about science and also about the field of medicine.(less)
I found this book to be in the same format as other tragic love stories. The forbidden love between the amazing doctor and the nun-nurse has been done...moreI found this book to be in the same format as other tragic love stories. The forbidden love between the amazing doctor and the nun-nurse has been done in so many other formats that it does get tedious. And of course the sin that cannot be hidden once the babies appear.
Thomas Stone is an outstanding surgeon with deep emotional scars from childhood that inhibit him from developing any normal relationship with another human being. Along comes Mary the Nun and she is also scarred but she helps Thomas Stone and dedicates her life to standing by his side while he performs surgery. It is not until her life is ebbed out of her that Thomas comes to realization that he loves Mary beyond all else. Her life is given in the birth of her twin sons, whom Thomas Stone rejects and leaves behind as he tries to run from his grief...due to the death of Mary.
The twin boys Marion and Shiva are raised by Hema and Ghosh who worked with Thomas Stone. They consider the boys to be theirs and raise them as a family. Life ensues and living in Ethiopia life is full of conflict and struggles. Marion and Shiva are not left clean in their pursuit of adulthood and education. They both end up as doctors, but so different from each other.
The ending is not surprising, tragic as expected, with martyrdom abound. I found the story tedious and I really did not like any of the characters, they all were so unlikable. The medical information was interesting, but not intriguing enough to make this an outstanding read that I was hoping for. (less)
I found this book had a hard time deciding what type of story it wanted to be. It is a love story, a story about racism, a story about the contempt of...moreI found this book had a hard time deciding what type of story it wanted to be. It is a love story, a story about racism, a story about the contempt of youth towards elders, a story about crazy Aunties, and then at the end it is a gun shooting action story.
Major Pettigrew is a real life character with lots of faults and lots of pluses which is refreshing and his love interest Mrs. Ali is almost as real, but a bit more stereotypical of an Indian women who is not Indian in the way Caucasians like to think.
Overall a fun light read about old people finding love again in their lives. I do like the underlying theme of racism and how it is presented in the book, that is how racism is often not overt, but is there in all the little underlying ways we treat people...made me think. (less)