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Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death 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.
 
Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.


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Cutting for Stone
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4.5 / 5
January 23rd, 2014
This is an incredible book. A surgeon with real-life experience, Verghese's medical depictions are detailed, and accurate, yet his story telling shines through, making them interesting, and comprehensible for any reader. Verghese's passion for medicine is obvious in the book, and portrayed in all of his characters, yet at its heart the novel is a coming-of-age story of family, set against a backdrop of Ethiopian political turmoil in the late 20th century. A fantastic read, whether or not you have any affinity for medicine.
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November 7th, 2013
Loved it! Compelling -- couldn't put it down. A unique story based on a taboo.
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October 5th, 2013
Cane and Abel story pulls you in from the beginning. The characters are real,sympathetic and draw you in. I couldn't put it down!
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October 4th, 2013
A totally absorbing read. The story is peopled with such well defined and compelling characters. An emmensly satisfying reading experience.
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October 4th, 2013
I found it slow going at times, and felt bogged down by all the medical terminology as I'm unfamiliar with much of it that being said I became easily invested in the charactersand fell in love with the culture. Though there were honestly many times I wanted to put the book down for good I'm glad I persevered because the end made it all worth it.
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September 14th, 2013
A real page turner. I could not put this one down. Well written
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September 8th, 2013
Wonderful story. One of my book clubs favourite books.
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September 8th, 2013
This novel started very slowly but improved with each chapter to become a very engrossing story with well developed charactors and interesting twists and turns throughout. a worth while read.
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September 8th, 2013
Wonderful story, worth sticking through the long beginning. Entire book club loved it
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September 8th, 2013
Wonderfully written novel!
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September 8th, 2013
Good read
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September 8th, 2013
The story was emotionaly charged and left the reader guessing how the story wad going to unfold. The main characters are complex and their journey takes the reader to places that are soul searching. The crossing of cultures and continents makes it an interesting read and a book you don't want to put down.
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September 8th, 2013
Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully written. A gripping tale. Read it.
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August 31st, 2013
A bit difficult in the beginning but after that an excellent read.
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August 31st, 2013
This was another great story that has its start in India. Anyone who loves a story about the world, will be unable to put this book down.
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August 31st, 2013
Loved this book! It takes a few chapters to get into it, but once I was, I couldn't put it down.
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August 31st, 2013
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It was nicely paced and very descriptive of the poverty and hopelessness of the Missing Hospital. I will tell your readers that it would be helpful to have a medical background to fully appreciate the hospital scenes and the tempermental Dr. Stone, the lovely Sister Mary Joseph Praise and Matron, who ran the hospital with an iron fist. I am a nurse and found my heart racing and the pages turning fast as Verghese so aptly describes the poverty and "make do" attitude of this hospital in Africa. I will say that, for me, the story got a bit bogged down in the parts that described the political struggles of the region, but that is not to say that they are not integral in understanding Marion's perilous flight to the U.S. Once in the States the brilliant Marion finds himself working long and seemingly endless hours at another poverty stricken hospital with deprivation not unlike Missing Hospital. Verghese was very successful at describing the painful reunion of Marion and his estranged father, the demanding Dr. Stone. The description of their sad and strained relationship was very believable and held my attention throughout. I highly recommend this book....a great read. Deb L.
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August 31st, 2013
Epic family saga with lots of twists and turns along the way. Kept me wanting more, well fleshed out characters. Overall I really enjoyed this book, but found the overly complicated medical jargon abit distracting from the story.
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August 31st, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I will tell your readers that it would be an advantage to have a medical background to really understand and appreciate the hospital scenes in this book. I am a nurse and identified with the nursing sisters and matron during the heart pounding descriptions of the procedures that were performed by the highly skilled and tempermental Dr. Stone. Although the book is set in an earlier era than my nursing career the principles and practice of medicine remain the same. I did find the book got a bit bogged down in the sections describing the political struggle of the countries and surrounding regions, but that is not to say they are not a necessary part of the story.. Following Marion out of Missing Hospital and onward to the U.S. was another very engaging part of this read. Verghese very successfully described his struggles as he put in long and seemingly endless hours at another poverty stricken hospital but was able to tie together the missing Dr. Stone with his estranged sons in a very believable and heart-felt way. Yes, Cutting for Stone holds your attention and heart right the way through.....a great read! Deb
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August 31st, 2013
I enjoyed this book very very much.....We read it for book club...
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