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Cutting for Stone By Abraham Verghese Cutting for Stone 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 set in s s Ethiopia and s America Mar

  • Title: Cutting for Stone
  • Author: Abraham Verghese
  • ISBN: 9780375414497
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cutting for Stone By Abraham Verghese 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 set in 1960s 1970s Ethiopia and 1980s America.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 byAn 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 set in 1960s 1970s Ethiopia and 1980s America.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.
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    1. Jason on said:

      The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.It is statistically improbable that I will read a book as good as this one anytime soon Although I ll admit it starts off slowly, I found that the depths of this novel are revealed as the protagonist s life unfolds Something of a bildungsroman, Cutting for Stone focuses on a pair of twin boys who are born and raised in an African missionary hospital Their story combines elements of Indian and Ethiopian languag [...]

    2. Alex on said:

      But it was only now, near the end, and far too late, that the pieces suddenly dreadfully clicked into place Like a long Tetris piece slamming down, making a whole block of mystery blink and vanish Only now did he realize what suddenly seemed so obvious everyone who had suggested this book to him every single one was a middle aged woman This book it was about the importance of family.A wave of cold horror washed over him It would take months of porn and comic books to counteract this book s effec [...]

    3. Sara on said:

      Many readers will tell you that Cutting for Stone is the epic story of two conjoined twins fathered by a brilliant British Surgeon and an Indian Nun And it technically is Narrated by Marion the first born twin we are told of every influence on his and his brother s existence More than the story being told however, the novel is an accurate portrayal of life in all it s cruelty and wonder The twin s mother dies in childbirth and their father abandons them minutes later They are raised in a mission [...]

    4. Ayaz on said:

      My VIP patients often regret so many things on their deathbeds They regret the bitterness they ll leave in people s hearts They realize that no money, no church service, no eulogy, no funeral procession no matter how elaborate can remove the legacy of a mean spirit Cutting for Stone, pg 434 More than a few people who ve read the novel mentioned to me that they wanted to discontinue reading the novel And I understood what they meant, when I finished reading Cutting for Stone this last weekend.I h [...]

    5. Kasa Cotugno on said:

      Recently in San Francisco I attended a reading by Abraham Verghese, who has written my favorite book of the year CUTTING FOR STONE I d gotten it from the library, and after 150 pages was so in love with it that when I heard he was going to be at the store, I returned the library copy there s a huge line waiting for it , and bought a copy just to have the pleasure of his signature We actually had a little chat after the reading, while he happened by on his way to his car He asked why I d chosen h [...]

    6. Petra X on said:

      Update I didn t like the writing of this book at all, but now, after reading the Verghese s foreword to When Breath Becomes Air and being unable to get over the florid and verbose writing of that either and other people agreeing with that, I just wonder how so many people enjoyed the very similar writing in this book._____I tried to read this book several times but it didn t hold my attention at all I just couldn t get into it I realise that I am in a minority among friends for not swooning over [...]

    7. Candi on said:

      Wasn t that the definition of home Not where you are from, but where you are wanted This book is both brilliant and breathtaking I absolutely loved it Abraham Verghese is not only a distinguished physician, but an extremely talented writer The prose is some of the very best I have encountered in a novel, and the story itself is hugely compelling Verghese takes his time setting up the story and introducing the cast of characters that will be thoroughly developed throughout the course of the novel [...]

    8. Nataliya on said:

      My favorite parts of this sizable tome were, of course, the medical jargon and the lyrically gory descriptions of diseases and surgeries I guess, by now I have finally and irreversibly crossed that thin line between sanity and medicine.Yes, all the descriptions of diseases and surgeries, and the handy medical mneumonics were like music to my ears Really Reading Verghese s Cutting for Stone reminded me of the conversations that I tend to have with my friends in the medical field they inevitably w [...]

    9. Kate Merriman on said:

      Beautifully written, engrossing novel plants you deeply in the passion of practicing medicine, winds you intimately into the cloth of Ethiopia Verghese uses language so elegantly and paces his story so perfectly that I was totally transported.I finished the book feeling homesick for Addis Ababa, although I have never been there.When I signed up in several places to review early editions of books on my blog and in other viral social media places like Facebook , I had that little hope that I would [...]

    10. Judy on said:

      I m going to start this review doing something I ve never done before and that is tell what I didn t like right away The reason for this is because I want to spend the rest of the time enumerating many of the good points Believe me, there are a lot of those The only two faults I see in Cutting for Stone is that there is a lot of medical jargon I m surprised at the number of people who have read the book and liked it considering the length Fortunately, my ten years of working in the medical field [...]

    11. James on said:

      3.5 of 5 stars to Abraham Verghese s novel, Cutting for Stone, which was a book club selection about 7 years ago At first, I wasn t sure I d like the book, as I expected it to be quite sad And back then, I wasn t interested in reading sad or emotional books however, this one was quite good and I waffled between a 3 and a 4 I settled on a 3 only because I felt it was a little too formal stiff for the type of book it felt like it should have been still above average to me, as far as books go.The b [...]

    12. Annalisa on said:

      This had the potential to be amazing, a sweeping epic history of Ethiopia ala The Poisonwood Bible, but for all of Verghese s description, he failed to paint a powerful picture of Ethiopia I expected so much from him He wastes 20% of the book describing the first day, but most of it I found pointless to the novel I would much rather all that description give me something of the setting, of the characters, something powerful and enduring Either that or cut it by a good 200 pages But I wouldn t c [...]

    13. Margitte on said:

      Before you read this book, consider this the book was printed with an average of 425 words per page for 541 pages in an almost minus zero font size That jerked my chain a bit, so I did not begin reading this book in quite the right frame of mind But who in their right mind would like to put down a book beginning like this My brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of Grace 1954 We took our first breath in the thin air, 8 000 feet [...]

    14. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan Cutting for Stone Nevisande Abraham Verghese ISBN 375414495 ISBN13 9780375414497 Dar 541 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009

    15. Steve on said:

      I hope it s not too self indulgent to start with a personal history here The first I ever heard of this was when sent me one of those since you liked x, we recommend y mails So right off the bat I was predisposed against it Who wants some algorithm deciding things for them Insert wink that s than a little ironic given that I m in the algo biz myself My second time hearing of it was when a nice older lady at a charity book sale was telling me how much she enjoyed it While I don t automatically d [...]

    16. warren Cassell on said:

      This is the one that started me I read a galley and it will be published February 2 It was a sublime reading experience, the best novel I have read in several years Back in the old days of Just Books, I probably would not have let a customer out of the store without the book in hand In some places that might be considered pushy In Greenwich, it was a gushing Thanks Warren for putting this book in my hands Anyway, this is the story of twin doctors separated at their birth in a hospital in Ethiopi [...]

    17. Arah-Lynda on said:

      A deeply affecting story of life and death and the wonders of medicine It is hard to beleive this is a work of fiction so compelling is the bond between two brothers and the extended family that colours their lives Brimming with medical insight and vividly set in mid century Ethiopia this tale transports you to another time and place Family, blood, betrayal and forgiveness Cutting for Stone is a requiem to the healing power of love.

    18. Quinn Barrett on said:

      Cutting for Stone was like a challenging round of golf for me.Sorry for the analogy, but here goes for anyone who has never played the most enjoyable, yet frustrating sport ever invented I grew up playing all sorts of sports tennis, softball, volleyball, etc With most sports you can have a great game, but one error can ruin your enjoyment and subsequent memory of that experience.Conversely, most of us suck big time at golf We hook, we slice, we lose ball after ball and yet if all we have is one [...]

    19. Barbara on said:

      As usual, I will not summarize the plot here, merely comment on my reaction to this book The essences of the story are many love lust, heartbreak and humiliation,the ability to forgive and the trials and tribulations of life and death It is difficult to know where to start with all of these complex, interwoven themes.Verghese has undertaken a novel which is very broad and ambitious in scope His geographic sweep travels from Asia, to Africa, to America, with the major part in Ethiopia The landsca [...]

    20. Kalliope on said:

      Some books have a hypnotic effect and they leave you in a state of haziness when you finish them Cutting for Stone has been such a book for me.It is a beautiful novel because it succeeds in creating endearing personalities Apart from this, there is very little I can add to the very many reviews in GR, or to what the author has presented in the Stanford Book Salon He acted as the Faculty Host when they chose this book in their monthly reading.As I do not belong to the medical community, I found, [...]

    21. Elyse on said:

      FANTASTIC I m back again my friend Debbie told me I could edit my own review I want to say something about this book again I ve given many 5 stars on books I ve read which then makes THIS book a 5 star book Its exceptional Every book club in the Bay Area was reading it at one time The author always had PACKED FULL rooms of people coming to hear him speak on this book I heard him speak twice.Much could be discussed about this wonderful novel Note There are two graphic scenes remember a medical do [...]

    22. Katie on said:

      I liked CUTTING FOR STONE, but ultimately, it disappointed I d heard such glowing reviews, perhaps I was setting my self up to be underwhelmed Still, I found Marion, the narrator, very distant and was not able to engage with his character at all The books contains some interesting detail about the advent of several medical procedures, and I did find the end of the book much emotionally satisfying than the beginning and middle, but in the end, it wasn t enough Verghese is a wonderful descriptive [...]

    23. Katie on said:

      I wish I still had this book in my future I wish it were tucked away in a stack of books on my nightstand, waiting patiently for its turn to be read I wish I were going home tonight to curl up in a chair with nothing to do but pick up this book and slowly savoringly, if that s a word take it in, one page at a time There s a lot to say about this book, but I ll simplify what could otherwise become a lengthy review Me Verbose Nevah and say this Cutting for Stone is a beautifully written story abou [...]

    24. Sammy Loves Books on said:

      WOW What an Amazing, Epic, Journey 5 Heart Rending, Family Saga Stars Life, too, is like that You live it forward, but understand it backward It is only when you stop and look to the rear that you see the corpse caught under your wheel Sister Mary Joseph PraiseThis book left me speechless in the end This was such a beautiful story, focusing on family, love, and tragic loss We are introduced to Sister Mary Joseph Praise A young nun that embarks on a journey, starting in India, and ending at Missi [...]

    25. Connie on said:

      WOW Loved it Review to come This is one of the few books my husband ever recommended to me, and why I waited so long to read it I do not know I will start by saying I listened to the audio and the narration was wonderful I think that if reading it there may have been parts that may have bogged me down a bit, but with the audio it was not the case This is the story of Marion Stone and follows his life from before his birth through adulthood I travelled to Missing and became a bystander to this pl [...]

    26. Carol on said:

      I ve been trying to find a few minutes to say a few words about Cutting for Stone I didn t want to rush my take on this as I wanted to do the book justice This is always scary territory for me, telling why I liked or disliked a book, so when I really liked the book Abraham Verghese is an extremely gifted story teller, weaving his story of co joined twins born to an Indian nun in Ethiopia with intricacy The birth alone builds in 109 breathtaking pages and could stand alone for me It is a story o [...]

    27. Sonja Arlow on said:

      4 1 2 starsAbout a year ago a very good friend read this book or tried to she gave up very early on stating that it she didn t have the stomach for the medical procedures in the book It left an imprint on me to avoid the book but for some reason I kept on circling back to it.The point of the above story is to say that yes the book is full of medical terms, procedures and discussions but if you have watched any Grey s Anatomy none of this will bother you one bit In fact, it s the medicine that ke [...]

    28. Paige P on said:

      Cutting for Stone is a story about unspoken love, heartbreak, excruciating grief, drastic behaviors that cause devastation, and finally, true redemption I struggled in staying with this book due to the slow start and the meticulous, medical descriptions But, I am glad I stuck with it, because in the end the redemption is so beautiful The complicated story lines all come together and the reader as well as the characters are all redeemed.The story is told by Marion Stone, an identical twin with hi [...]

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