Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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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Join the discussion on April 11, 2017. Twins, born of a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon, are adopted by two Indian doctors and come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the verge 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.

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.


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cniedt
Apr 17, 2017

Never has a book brought me to tears, or made my heart well up as Cutting for Stone did. Being a reader who doesn't typically enjoy overly descriptive writing, Verghese's style was so captivating. Medical terminology and unfamiliar language references aside, I found this book so beautifully written. Yes-I had to goggle a few words to grasp meaning, but it didn't stop me from turning pages! Often I found myself rereading a phrase, a sentence, or paragraph over again because of the amazing image it created in my mind. This story pulls one into a world that takes many different directions but always brings you back to the heart of the man telling his story. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. Don't let the size of this book keep you from reading it.

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avalon01
Feb 14, 2017

Absolute fantastic read. Don't be intimidated by it's size. I didn't want it
to end. It ranks with the best.

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peacebenow
Dec 08, 2016

Follow this Indian family through their lives in Ethiopia. Thoroughly engaging. I couldn't put it down. Has medical/physician theme throughout. Characters will win you over and you'll want to see them all succeed!

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melmccurdy
May 23, 2016

An epic novel that spans multiple continents and encompasses everything from political coups to the evolution of medicine - but ultimately is about family and brotherhood and the unyielding love that binds us together.
Absolutely brilliant.

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gatesand
Mar 10, 2016

'Thoroughly enjoyed this read. It was a fresh storyline, set in Ethiopia with interesting characters. I also liked the historical aspects. It's up there with the best books I've read.

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LIBjoesail
Feb 26, 2016

Fascinating story, almost as though the author has written from his own life history. Don't miss it!

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tegan
Feb 22, 2016

This book is well written and the characters' stories intertwine beautifully (like a Franzen novel). But, for my taste I found this novel too sad and too descriptive in its bodily descriptions.

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ulyana_d
Dec 22, 2015

absolutely beautiful.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

Set in Ethiopia, beginning in the 1940s; it envelops the reader in the history of the country, the politics of Haile Selassie, the deprivation of the hospitals, and the remnants of the Italian society that ruled the country. It remains a powerful read and one not to be missed.

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AuntCarolyn
Jan 31, 2015

This is an excellent book, beautifully written.

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mrsgail5756 Apr 12, 2013

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

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

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21221009739498
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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mary138
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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