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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Cutting for Stone (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Abraham Verghese

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Title:Cutting for Stone
Authors:Abraham Verghese
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 667 pages
Collections:kindle, book group
Rating:*****
Tags:Ethyopia, Surgeons, confoined twins, liver transplant, fistula surgery, mission hospital, Book group Jan 2013

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (2009)

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Wow. Fiction I loved! It's hard to believe that I had this book on my kindle app since it was published, yet avoided reading it for approx five years! In truth, I had no idea what it was about....and really, never did know the full extent until the end. In a couple of years, I will reread it. I probably missed much worth retaining! ( )
  kaulsu | Aug 16, 2016 |
An excellent story set against an Indian/Ethiopian cultural background. ( )
  MarkPlunkett | Aug 3, 2016 |
It wasn't as good as I had hoped. I cannot quite put my finger on why I feel disappointed. Perhaps too many expectations on my part after waiting so long to read it.

The first half of the book felt overly detailed. I didn't mind the medical jargon but many passages were quite dense. Also, it didn't seem plausible that the narrator of the story would be privy many of to the early events mentioned in the book. If somehow the narrator did know of all these details, then surely he would have also known about an important item only revealed at the end. Taking that into consideration, it seems the story should have been written from a different pov or multiple povs.

Although the medical and Ethiopian tie-in was an interesting concept, the story felt like a constant stream of melodramatic events. There were a few chapters that I felt a sense of connection to the characters and then it slipped away. It is too bad that such an emotional set of circumstances was seemingly told in such a flat and detached manner. Maybe that was to be expected though, since if the reader is to draw a parallel with the field of medicine, sometimes doctors are detached too. ( )
  LisaAnn805 | Jul 23, 2016 |
My book club raved about this; my feelings are mixed. It took me a long time, close to 2/3 of the novel, to get into the story enough to want to read it for its own sake rather than as just a book club pick. I like the medical and historical detail included in the story. The writing is superb and paints a beautiful picture. For most of the novel I found a couple of the main characters annoying to the point that I didn't really want to know what would happen to them. On the whole I'm glad I stuck with it although it's not something I would choose for myself. ( )
  rlsalvati | Jul 5, 2016 |
I love books about India and although this book took place in Ethiopia many of the characters were Indian. This book is fabulous! ( )
  judybooklady | Jun 29, 2016 |
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Abraham Vergheseprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bull, R.Map artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gall, JohnCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hellier, GavinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malhotra, SunilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tan, VirginiaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And because I love this life
I know I shall love death as well
The child cries out when
From the right breast the mother
Takes it away, in the very next moment
To find in the left one
Its consolation.
-- Rabindranath Tagore,
from Gitanjuli
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For George and Mariam Verghese Scribere jussit amor
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Prologue: After eight months spent in the obscurity of our mother's womb, my brother Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954.
Chapter 1: Sister Mary Joseph Praise had come to Missing Hospital from India, seven years before our birth.
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Twin brothers Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, sharing a deep bond that has helped them survive the loss of their parents and the country's political upheaval, but when they both fall for the same woman, their bond is broken and the two go their separate ways, until a medical crisis reunites them.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375714367, Paperback)

Amazon Exclusive: John Irving Reviews Cutting for Stone

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times--winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules--a film with seven Academy Award nominations. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Cutting for Stone:

That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle of this novel is how organically the two are entwined. I’ve not read a novel wherein medicine, the practice of it, is made as germane to the storytelling process, to the overall narrative, as the author manages to make it happen here. The medical detail is stunning, but it never overwhelms the humane and narrative aspects of this moving and ambitious novel. This is a first-person narration where the first-person voice appears to disappear, but never entirely; only in the beginning are we aware that the voice addressing us is speaking from the womb! And what terrific characters--even the most minor players are given a full history. There is also a sense of great foreboding; by the midpoint of the story, one dreads what will further befall these characters. The foreshadowing is present in the chapter titles, too--‘The School of Suffering’ not least among them! Cutting for Stone is a remarkable achievement.--John Irving

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Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

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