Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

Large Print - 2011
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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, sharing a preternatural connection and a 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, this is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and miracles. (Bestseller)
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410439727
Branch Call Number: FICTION (LARGE PRINT)
Characteristics: 977 p. (large print) : map ; 23 cm


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Jul 14, 2019

Oh, how I enjoyed this! couldn't put it down, a good. long book. the one about the lady(nun) who comes to Missing Hospital in Ethiopia as a patient then sugical assistant to Dr. Thomas Stone. Pregnancy results, twins, conjoined ones yet, and the mother dies. Thomas Stone leaves Missing never to be seen again, until he meets one son in Boston USA who is also studying surgery.

There's some reference to historical events such as gov't overthrow in Ethiopia and medical firsts and discoveries too.
I want to order more of this authou'rs books for future reads.

Jul 07, 2019

Unique & interesting
Really enjoyed this book

Mar 13, 2019

A great big medical family saga with many of the characters within its pages being doctors. The story of two brothers one of them betrayed by his father and brother and he must trust them with his life in the end.
It is populated with a huge cast of characters and it is an old fashion truth-telling story that you will want to get back to reading.

Mar 07, 2019

Kindle Immersion read.
What took me so long to read Abraham Verghese?
The man is a genius wordsmith whose writing and storytelling is unlike anything I've read.
'Cutting for Stone' has become THE favorite of my all-time favorite books.
Worthy of a ten-star rating.
Looking forward to reading his next novel, which is set in India.

Cutting for Stone is beautifully written and everything in the book was unexpected, as well as my reaction- crying several times. I enjoyed all the medical references and descriptions. I haven't read a novel in a while (mainly an autobiographical reader) and may not for some time as this novel cannot be topped!!! (Now if this was an autobiography, then it would be- Mind Blown!!)

Jan 16, 2019

One of my favourites, now reading it for the second time. Evocative story. I felt transported to Ethiopia and into the lives of the characters. The section in America is an eye-opener on discrimination in medicine, not only for the patients but for the medical staff as well.

Aug 20, 2018

I was fascinated by the area and time period of this book. I thought it was a very Interesting book but IMO it could have been 200+ pages shorter. There was way too much detail on the surgical procedures, medical problems and also other descriptions. The story would have been just as good without much of it.

Aug 02, 2018

This is among my favorite novels. Set in the 1960-70’s in Ethopia and 1980’s in America, it’s the story of twin brothers born of an Indian nun and a British surgeon. The journey of the brothers’ lives is one of love and betrayal. Ultimately, one brother must entrust his life to his brother and father. Truly, a remarkable story.

Jul 01, 2018

Brilliant book ! I could not stop reading once I started. The book has such depth of expression of human nature.

Dec 29, 2017

Just plain excellent. 5 stars. This is a “must read”!

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Feb 20, 2012

About the life of a twin fathered by a brilliant surgeon and his assistant, a nun. Mother dies in childbirth and the story goes through his life as he tries to understand what his calling is.


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Dec 22, 2011

'Why must I do what is hardest?'
'Because, Marion, you are an instrument of God. Don't leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play!' - the advice of Matron to a young Marion


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