Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0307357783 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 1/1/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, January 01, 2011
Received for Christmas!

From Chapters:
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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 15, 2012
This book is with me :)

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 16, 2012
This is an emotional saga which I could not put down.

Twins Marion and Shiva are born conjoined at birth. Their mother dies during childbirth and their father abandons them. Marion and Shiva are separated and raised by Indian doctors who are practicing in a mission hospital in Ethiopia.

Verghese spins an amazing story of these twins. This story involves the culture of Ethiopia and India, the medical problems of an African hospital, revolution, and the emotional development and interaction of the twins.

Verghese has written an elegant tale which has many many layers and leaves the reader still thinking several days later.

I read this for my book club. What a wonderful book to discuss!

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