Cutting for Stone (Paperback) - Verghese, Abraham

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Amazing

on 7/6/2011

It is a rare book that instructs without preaching, touches emotionally without being maudlin, and delves into the intricacies of the human condition with humor, compassion and deep wisdom. This novel does all of those magnificently. The setting is in a mission hospital in Ethiopia, the narrating character is one of twins born there under mysterious circumstances, and the plot revolves around the events and personal interactions among a cast of colorful and diverse people. The author has woven these together with amazing and admirable skill into a novel of both sweeping breadth and touching intimacy. Read More

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Amazing EPic

on 7/14/2011

It is a rare book that instructs without preaching, touches emotionally without being maudlin, and delves into the intricacies of the human condition with humor, compassion and deep wisdom. This novel does all of those magnificently. The setting is in a mission hospital in Ethiopia, the narrating character is one of twins born there under mysterious circumstances, and the plot revolves around the events and personal interactions among a cast of colorful and diverse people. The author has woven these together with amazing and admirable skill into a novel of both sweeping breadth and touching intimacy. As a personal aside, I'd like to say this: after sixty-seven years as a voracious and eclectic reader I had thought the time was past when I'd read a book that would involve me intellectually and emotionally. I am grateful to have lived long enough to have read this book. Thank you, Abraham Verghese. Read More

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The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mothers death in childbirth and fathers disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman. Reprint. A best-selling book. *Author: Verghese, Abraham *Publication Date: 2010/01/26 *Number of Pages: 667 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375714368
SKU 211284072
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375714367
Release Date 1/26/2010
Sales Rank 3808
Praise
"...Verghese's weaving of the practice of medicine into the narrative is fascinating even as the story bobs and weaves with the power and coincidences of the best 19th-century novel." (starred review)
"Even with its many stories and layers, CUTTING FOR STONE remains clear and concise...I felt as though I were with these people, eating dinner with them even, feeling the hot spongy injera on my fingers as they dipped it into a spicy wot."
"An epic tale about love, abandonment, betrayal and redemption, Abraham Verghese's first novel, CUTTING FOR STONE, is a masterpiece of traditional storytelling."
"Set against a backdrop of political and cultural dissonance, CUTTING FOR STONE is an admixture, a marvel of intimacy and sweep. In it, the reader is taken under the skin - in the operating rooms and into the lives of a Dickensian cast of characters."
"Verghese has written two graceful memoirs...but his wildly imaginative fictional debut is looser, bigger, even better."
"Verghese bends history and coincidence to his narrative needs...creating a story much like the human bodies Marion painstakingly describes: beautiful, amazing, and a bit of a mess."
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Annotation Twin brothers born of an illicit affair between an Indian nun and a British doctor experience love, loss, and the true healing power of medicine in this epic tale. Marion and Shiva Stone are raised as orphans at the Ethiopian mission hospital where they were born, after their mother dies during childbirth and their father vanishes. Their shared love for medicine forges a tight bond between them, but their love for Genet, a young girl at the hospital, eventually forces them apart. Marion goes to America, where he comes of age as an intern at an impoverished Bronx medical clinic, but he can never leave his past completely behind. This is the first novel from Dr. Abraham Verghese (MY OWN COUNTRY), and he weaves several detailed descriptions of unusual medical emergencies into the compelling narrative. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
Editors Note The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and father's disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Editors Note 2 The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and father's disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman. Reprint. A best-selling book.
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Number of Pages 0688
Publisher Vintage Books

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