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Cutting for Stone

A Novel
Verghese, A. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Cutting for Stone


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Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
Authors: Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955-
Title: Cutting for stone
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2010
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Characteristics: 667 p. :,maps ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Abraham Verghese
Summary: Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
ISBN: 9780375714368
0375714367
Branch Call Number: FICTION VERGHESE 2010
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One of my all time favourites.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Aug 02, 2013
  • jbbutterfly3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and enjoyed both the educational medical lessons, picture it painted of life in Ethiopia and storyline.

Beautifully written book, captivating and emotional on many levels. Verghese is both intelligent and compassionate in his writing .

Report This Jul 25, 2013
  • JayHum rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved the story of this book. As a twin, I felt that I could relate very well to Marion and Shiva's relationship. Please be warned that the book is pretty graphic as far as surgeries, etc. I had to put it down a few times to regain my composure.

Cutting for Stone was a wonderful book from start to finish. I would recommend it.

A good read with insight into 3rd world vs 1st world medicine, and Ethiopian history/culture in the latter 20th century.

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Report This 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.

Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart. 560p.

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Report This 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

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  • 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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  • LMOH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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