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Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Verghese, A.

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cutting for Stone
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Marion, fresh out of medical school, flees Ethiopia and 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375414497
0375414495
Branch Call Number: FICTION VERGHESE 2009
Characteristics: 541, [3] p. ;,25 cm

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Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, Marion and Shiva Stone are 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.

Marion, fresh out of medical school, flees Ethiopia and 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 truste... Read More »

Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Wonderful epic family saga involving conjoined twins that are separated, their mother, a nun, their surgeon father who abandons them, and how, as adults, the past must be faced and reconciled.

Identical twins, initially conjoined, are born in Addis Ababa. Their Indian nun mother dies, and they are abandoned by their grief-stricken British surgeon father. Two Indian doctors raise them. This epic novel moves from Ethiopia to New York City, and follows not only the twins’ relationship, bu... Read More »


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Wonderful story. Have read his previous nonfiction and was very impressed with this fiction story.

Oct 29, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So book this book took me a long time to read, but I think it was just because I was in a reading slump a bit and picking up a book over 400 pages was not what I wanted to do. The reason I am pinning it on the length and being in a reading slump is because after I finished, I genuinely felt satisfied by what I just read and actually very much enjoyed the story. Interesting setting, characters, and time-period combined with good writing made for a memorable story.

Oct 26, 2014
  • eyelandgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have ever read.

Jul 16, 2014
  • lilianabeatriz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved. One of my favourite books that I have read. Excellent!!!

Jul 15, 2014
  • JaniceT rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too much time spent on descriptive writing. I found myself continuously scanning through the paragraphs trying to get to the meat of the story. I finally gave up half way through the book.

One of my all time favourites.

Jan 15, 2014
  • melkalley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books that I've read lately. It made me laugh and made me cry, and I didn't want it to end. I loved all the historical information about Ethiopia, and the story set within the confines of a hospital and religious context.

Oct 04, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good read. Sometimes funny, sometimes too much religious and/or medical detail. A good look at some aspects of the medical profession as well.

I hated this book. It is so predictable, so overly sentimental. It is the only book in my entire life that I have started and could not finish. Drivel

Twins Marion and Shiva are born in tragic circumstances at a Mission Hospital in Ethiopia. Wonderfully told story about family amidst the backdrop of Ethiopia.
Not to be missed.

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Apr 12, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

Apr 12, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

'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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Feb 20, 2012
  • mary138 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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