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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Apr 04, 09

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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.
***Rate this 3/5. All in all, this could have been a much better book if there were less words. Reading 533 pages in a story that could have been told in a more concise way was disturbing to me. I really wanted to love this book, but I couldn't.
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message 1: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Sorensen Not a bad review, but most of it seemed like a re-writing of the description on the book jacket. A detailed opinion from the reader is more important to me than a summary of the plot, though both are good. Thank you for your review.


RNOCEAN I always quote the description of the book jacket, and then follow it with my rating of 5 stars or less. I do that with all of my readings, I think it is pretty clear that I do it this way. If you read any of my reviews, you will see this.


message 3: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Sorensen Oh sure, you re-write the book jacket summary of each book. Cool, that's your style. I guess I wanted to say that Goodreads already summarizes each book (and a lot of people summarize the books in their reviews, too) and what I find more valuable and entertaining is each person's opinion of the book itself. Just saying.


RNOCEAN To each his own, Shawn, this is my style and you have yours. Just saying.....
I have a book blog and do it the same way so I just transfer it over to Goodreads. I don't really pay much attention to Goodread's summaries.


message 5: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Sorensen RNOCEAN wrote: "To each his own, Shawn, this is my style and you have yours. Just saying.....
I have a book blog and do it the same way so I just transfer it over to Goodreads. I don't really pay much attention..."


RNOCEAN wrote: "To each his own, Shawn, this is my style and you have yours. Just saying.....
I have a book blog and do it the same way so I just transfer it over to Goodreads. I don't really pay much attention..."


Yes, everyone has their own style. Thank you for your comments.


message 6: by Sunita (new)

Sunita sam Omg this is so interesting and loveable...everybody have his own style and you have your own which a + thing in you thanks for sharing love it!!

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