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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Apr 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read from May 02 to 12, 2012

A long, long, elegantly written, fascinating novel, set mainly in Ethiopia in mid-20th century. The story is rich in its host of intricately drawn characters; its evocation of the sounds, smells, beauty, poverty, and corruption of Ethiopia; its depiction of the close bonds of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues; and, most startlingly, its graphic, detailed descriptions of medical and surgical procedures. The author, a surgeon, recreates for the reader a world of medicine, one in which caring and passionate doctors selflessly treat poor patients and inspire their own childern to follow in their footsteps. Almost epic in scope, the story also features drama, humor, love, violence, death, tragedies, rebellion, spiritualism, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption, and enough schmaltz toward the satisfying ending to have kept me in tears for hours. The brilliant, brilliant narrator of the audiobook captures the nuances and accents of all the characters, from the Indians to the native Ethiopians and Eritreans to a variety of Americans, Brits, and Italians. What a book!

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