Cutting for Stone: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Abraham Verghese
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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.
Cutting for Stone
This book is a powerful story of two brothers born under tragic circumstances and their interesting progress to adulthood. It is a GREAT book, a great read as an audio book; I think it has not caught on because of the very graphic medical descriptions that the author, a physician, threads throughout the story. I confess that I read it in book form, but my husband is listening to it in audio form and finds the Indian accent of the reader to add immensely story as the main characters are Indian and Ethiopian for much of the book. If you love long, intelligently written novels & are find medical procedures interesting, you will love this book!
A New Classic!
A story taking place half a world away is well relayed in Cutting For Stone. Two Brothers abandoned @ birth by their father, adopted by loving hospital workers, torn apart by love, reunited by love. One will give himself for that love. This novel trancends race, religion, geography-a true classic. The only problem I have is with the price. Another online retailer sold the audiobook in the $20 range, which I found to be realistic.
I love when I come across an audiobook so well written and told that I can't put it down and can't stop thinking about it. The characters really came alive for me. I just loved listening to this audiobook. It was narrated so beautifully. Wish there were more books like this one.