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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Dec 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: family-saga
Read from December 28, 2011 to January 01, 2012

I enjoyed this book surprisingly much, having begun reading it without much anticipation. The text is rich and the surgical details fascinating. The story is that of Shiva and Marion, identical twins whose mother was a nun and their father a surgeon. The first hundred pages describe their birth in excruciating detals, interwoven with their mother Mary's history. She doesn't live. Their father, Thomas, flees. So Shiva and Marion are brought up by other residents of the mission hospital, two Indian doctors. Their fates are interwoven with that of Ethiopia - with military coups and turmoil. Eventually Marion is implicated in a highjacking - although innocent - and has to flee the country. The reason being that Genet, whom he thought was the love of his life, was one of the highjackers. However, because of a turn of events, Marion now hates her. At any rate, he finishes his medical training in the United States, where he stumbles upon his long lost father.

I was on the verge of giving this book five stars, but I didn't overly love it so it landed on four. One of the key points in the book feels a little tame somehow, despite the deep affect it has on Marion. However, there are plenty of other momentous events in the book, which makes it more than well worth reading.
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