Cutting for Stone ePub Edition by Abraham Verghese
Click Here to Download the Book A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel—an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. 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.
Reviews This is my book clubs March selection book and I LOVED it! I have gladly honored this book with a five star rating. THis is definitely one of my favorite books. Absolutely beautifully written, poetic, fluid, colorful in the mind, thought provoking, relevant to everyone's life, and will cause you to humbly evaluate yourself, explore your motives, appreciate, and love more. It takes place in Ethiopia in the 1920-1950's covering the relationships and life experiences of 3 doctors, 2 nuns, and a set of twins while working and growing up at Messing Hospital. I loved Marion's relationship with his "Aspergers twin" and the juxtaposition of their perspectives. Things are not as they appear at Messing hospital and as everyone's lives develop and grow, each discovers the motivations behind decisions made in the past. I have always believed life works as a circle and this book brilliantly demonstrates how our life's decisions and omissions circle back around in our futures. I was even thrilled to find a little bit of Persian influence in the book. The little family dog is named Koochaloo (which means little). I absolutely love the parable of Kassems slippers and how Verghese masterfully deciphers the meaning behind the parable, "The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have and own the ones you don't. If you keep saying your slippers aren't yours then you'll die searching, you'll die bitter always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny." LOVE this quote and summary. This truly resonated with me and articulated thoughts I have been having over the paste decade but was unable to find the words to express it. Thank you Mr. Veghese. There were many other quotes worth noting, but I also enjoyed this one, "No money, no church service, no eulogy, no funeral procession no matter how elaborate, can remove the legacy of a mean spirit." We find ourselves denying who we are most of our lives trying to project to the world something other than who we truly are, but at the end of the day it is our spirit and the way our heart speaks to others that leaves our legacy. No amount of money or smoke and mirrors can hide your slippers. What a magnificent treasure in this book. I highly recommend it to all.
Wow - this book was intense. This was probably one of the longest books I have ever read - I have not been a big reader during most of my life so this one was an undertaking for me. This book drew me in right away because I was needing to know how a nun came to be giving birth to twins. Anytime a nun is giving birth, there's got to be a big story there so I wanted to find out what happened. First of all - I read a review on another site and agree 100% with what it said - the beginning of the book was told in GREAT MASS detail. The birth scene seemed to go on and on and on. It was kind of fitting in a way. It was an agonizing scene and therefore the length of it makes the reader also feel that agony. However, the later
parts of the book felt a bit rushed as a result. I wanted to know more about the adult Marion. I really loved loved loved the character of Ghosh and he's probably my favorite character. I found this complexity of the relationships in this book to be so thrilling and entertaining in a sweet and sad kind of way. I'm glad there was so much reconciliation; however, the mixed in tragedies sent me into the ugly cry more than once. I'd definitely recommend this book and plan to savor it. It's a long story, but worth your time!
I was immediately drawn into this book from the get-go and although it wasn't a thriller like Gone Girl, I went through it pretty quickly because I was so wrapped up in the characters. The story was poetic and well-written, without being one of those ethereal Life of Pi books where can't figure out what they're getting at and why a tiger is there. The story follows twin brothers joined at the head at birth who have a bond that causes pain and joy throughout their lives. They are the product of a union between an Indian nun and white doctor at a hospital in the middle of Africa (scandalous!) The brothers become doctors as well and learn about themselves and their past. It was a mysterious, beautiful, DEEP book that I thought about for days after. When I finished I had withdrawals. I felt like the characters were real and had taught me about my own life. If that sappy review isn't enough to make you want to pick it up, maybe the fact that it was a national bestseller will intrigue you. (5 out of 5 stars)
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