Review: Cutting for Stone

Editorial Review - - Jamie Layton

I've been telling everybody to read this superb novel from Abraham Verghese. It is refreshing on every level from the setting (Ethiopia) to its characters (Indian medical workers, twin boys borne of a nun) to a complex web of storylines that covers every emotional base. This is one of those books you don't want to see end and that will leave you hungry for more. Shiva and Marion Stone are ... Read full review

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User Review  - emanate28 -

What an incredible read! I loved it--the story and the writing, the historical setting, the characters (well, of course I couldn't stand Genet ^^; and Shiva seemed rather flat, but how wonderful were ... Read full review

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User Review  - tkcs -

Lots to think about in this book: betrayal and forgiveness, lives broken and missing what would make them whole, repair of those things, being one's brother's keeper--all set mainly in Ethiopia ... Read full review

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I loved this book tho there were long passages about medical issues. I enjoyed that part, also. Read on Kindle....March 20th, 2010.

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While trying to put myself to sleep for third shift I finished reading Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone. This book was given to me by a nurse at Saint Johns Emergency Room. Over the past two months I have read the story of the two twin brothers, Marion and Shiva. Everything about the book is poetic; the language, the story of his characters, and the descriptions of Addis Ababa. I loved the anecdote about the old slippers, and all the things that Marion equated to being his “old slippers.” The descriptions of the surgeries caught my attention enough to read them over again. And the brothers’ calling to be physicians has made my own passion ache.
The book is beautiful and will stay with me for a long time.

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Review:(04/30/2009, 08:20 PM)
At 500 pages it certainly is a long book, but worth every second, earning five stars rating from this reader! Cutting For Stone is a sweeping family saga which draws you
in and transports you to a small missionary hospital in Ethiopia. The story begins with the birth of the narrator. As you follow his life you will fall in live with his story and come to feel as if you know the characters personally. It's filled with love politics, culture, family, tragedy, betrayal and much more! It reminded me of the book Poisonwood by Barbara Kingsglover. Beautifully written with detail and precision, you will miss it when it ends. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. For more reviews and suggestions visit:  

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ONE of my favorites of the year. Fascinating book about Ethiopia by a medical doctor. The writing is powerful. The reader is drawn into the abandoned twins lives as they grow up and start leading their own lives. PERFECT BOOK.

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I found I could not put this book down. The story is an intriguing one about mirror twin brothers who are so close but then have a conflict in which a schism appears in their relationship. I really was enthralled with learning more about Ethiopia and medical issues really interest me so I found it fascinating to read about the medical issues in the book such as fistulas and liver transplants. 

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User Review  - Carlathelibrarian -

A very good story, enjoyed this and learned a lot about the times. Read full review

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User Review  - addunn3 -

Twin sons of a doctor and nun grow up in Ethiopia. Very well done story with excellent medical descriptions. Read full review

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