Book review – Cutting For Stone

I read a lot especially when I am on vacation. However Cutting For Stone is a big novel. (534 pages) and it took me almost all last week to read it. I did have company on my vacation to Isla so I didn’t have as much time as usual to just read.

I got totally wrapped up in the lives of all the main characters. For his first book of fiction Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone is a tremendous accomplishment with gorgeous writing, interesting and sympathetic characters, fascinating setting, gripping narrative. One of the twins is the narrator of the story but that doesn’t take away from really getting to know the other characters in the novel.

Read it, I think you will like it!

The story is a riveting saga of twin brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone, born of a tragic union between a beautifulIndian 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, and 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.But it’s love, not politics — their passion for the same woman — that will tear them apart and force Marion to flee his homeland and make his way to America, finding refuge in his work at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him, wreaking havoc and destruction, Marion has to entrust his life to the two men he has trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.”

I came across a blog titled “All the Books I can Read” where the blogger has a ton of book reviews. Many of the books she has reviewed are books that I have read and enjoyed or now have on my list of “to read”.

4 Responses

  1. Sounds interesting…will add to my list & look at the blog.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out to my blog! Glad you enjoyed some of my reviews and found some things to add to your TBR 🙂


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