Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

A Novel [Book Club Set 62]

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The international bestseller with over one million copies sold. 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.

ISBN: 9780307357786
Branch Call Number: BCB 62 Vergh


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Apr 16, 2021

This is an excellent book if you can get past the fairly graphic surgery descriptions... I did and really enjoyed this glimpse into the unique story of a catholic hospital in Ethiopia. I learned about the recent history of that area as well political unrest there during the 1950s/1960s. More than that this is a story of family (birth and chosen), betrayal, overcoming adversity, and forgiveness. Totally recommend, especially for those in the medical field.

Apr 09, 2021

This lengthy, exceedingly well-reviewed book did not thrill me as much as it did others. It could be described as a saga and, I guess, I more appreciate intimate stories set in a particular space and time (as opposed to a lifetime). Interestingly, I was struck by how precisely detailed the author is throughout the book - on almost everything - but when it comes to sex, he leaves out almost all detail. The narrator, when he finally loses his virginity, appears to have no knowledge of the opposite sex or the act of intimacy between partners. A small detail which didn't change or affect my overall feelings about the book but an interesting and telling detail, I believe.

Feb 09, 2021

Setting is Ethiopia. AMAZING READ.

Nov 19, 2020

Great read

May 25, 2020

My mother purchased this book, which was recommended by her librarian at the local book sale, and after thoroughly enjoying it, passed it on to me. I loved it so much, one of my all-time favorites, that I bought a copy for my daughter’s birthday. She loved it so much that she recommended it to her boss (and mentor) who said she had already read it, and it was one of her very favorites.
This novel is worthy. Abraham Verghese writes with grace, humor, and sensitivity. His knowledge is vast and his skills are magical.

Apr 12, 2020

I was determined to finish this book. It was read and loved by so many people. In my opinion, the book could have been sorter. It was 700 pages of too many characters and big words. I was glad to finish in order to find out what happened to the doctor and the twins.

Jul 14, 2019

Oh, how I enjoyed this! couldn't put it down, a good. long book. the one about the lady(nun) who comes to Missing Hospital in Ethiopia as a patient then sugical assistant to Dr. Thomas Stone. Pregnancy results, twins, conjoined ones yet, and the mother dies. Thomas Stone leaves Missing never to be seen again, until he meets one son in Boston USA who is also studying surgery.

There's some reference to historical events such as gov't overthrow in Ethiopia and medical firsts and discoveries too.
I want to order more of this authou'rs books for future reads.

Jul 07, 2019

Unique & interesting
Really enjoyed this book

Mar 13, 2019

A great big medical family saga with many of the characters within its pages being doctors. The story of two brothers one of them betrayed by his father and brother and he must trust them with his life in the end.
It is populated with a huge cast of characters and it is an old fashion truth-telling story that you will want to get back to reading.

Mar 07, 2019

Kindle Immersion read.
What took me so long to read Abraham Verghese?
The man is a genius wordsmith whose writing and storytelling is unlike anything I've read.
'Cutting for Stone' has become THE favorite of my all-time favorite books.
Worthy of a ten-star rating.
Looking forward to reading his next novel, which is set in India.

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Feb 20, 2012

About the life of a twin fathered by a brilliant surgeon and his assistant, a nun. Mother dies in childbirth and the story goes through his life as he tries to understand what his calling is.


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Dec 22, 2011

'Why must I do what is hardest?'
'Because, Marion, you are an instrument of God. Don't leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play!' - the advice of Matron to a young Marion

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