Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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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.

Baker & Taylor
The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and father's disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman. A first novel. 150,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375414497
0375414495
Branch Call Number: F VERGH-A
F VERGH-A
Characteristics: 541, [3] p. ; 25 cm

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dmd1949
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.

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WoodneathShirlee
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.

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gcarberry
Jul 01, 2018

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

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Gingerman_0
Dec 29, 2017

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

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erinsnest
Oct 09, 2017

Read in Sept 2017.......I couldn't wait to get back to reading this when life got in the way. This is one that's going on my favourites list. Found this on my shelves in the basement, and read it so that I could get it out of there....but it will stay! (Note: will lend to Alice F, is in the back of my escape, Oct 14 2017)

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xiaojunbpl12
Aug 16, 2017

My G(h)osh!

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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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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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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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