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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | [Abraham Verghese]

Cutting for Stone: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Abraham Verghese; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Gerald Exeter, CA, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A masterpiece about unusual people and events."

    Cutting for Stone is one of those books that rarely come along that is written about unusual people that we many can relate to and are intrigued by. The author does a great job with creating the storyline and developing the characters. Witch leads you though a very compelling story; one that I found harder to put down as the story continued. This book does tell a story that could have really happened. With all the well written descriptions that bring the reader into the situation as though you are really there. Descriptions that sometimes led me to searching out the meaning or places on the web. Not that this was a need to read the book, but because the story engaged and pushed me to learn more.
    This is one of those books that will occupy a special place ing my memory, as one of the best books I have ever read.
    The reader did a fantastic job in bring this book to life, and his accent just added to the flavor and enjoyment of the book.

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    criswithcurls Shanghai, China 06-23-11
    criswithcurls Shanghai, China 06-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Cutting for Stone-5 Stars!"

    This is not only a fantastic book but a sensational narration as well! I was initially put off by his female character's voices, I was terribly annoyed and felt they were unrealistic, but I eventually grew to abide it and then appreciate his talent. Do not be put off by fear of medical jargon or the book's length (I myself love longer books)-this book will keep you on the edge of your car seat! It is fascinating and rich in detail. The character's are all well rounded and very real. I cannot wait for another book by Abraham Verghese!

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    Beautifully narrated. Although this book was hard to get through the first very long trauma of birth and death, I am glad I perserved. What a thoughtful, brilliantly themed book. Medical detail was just that, 'detailed,' but you can rush through that as i didnt find it imperative to the story too much. Made me smile and cry and characters were so well defined, felt like I knew them personally. Buy it! you won't be sorry!

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    marlene delaguardia houston, tx, US 06-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    An epic story both totally engrossing and beautifully written. The narrator does an excellent job of conveying the emotions described.

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    I bought this book because of all the rave reviews, but I was unable to finish it. I found the story to be plodding and rather gruesome. On the plus side, I did like the narrator.

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    Michael Everett, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-12-11
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    "a future classic"

    Excellent reader for what is likly the best book of the decade, a long book that is hard to put down or stop listening to. I have this in both audible and book form and enjoy them both

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    I have had my audible.com membership for about a year now, got it to make it through a cross-country move. Listened to The Help for my first choice and have been a little disappointed with all others since then.... until I came to Cutting for Stone. Amazing! Loved the story, the characters, the reader, everything about it! It is long but definitely worth the listen.

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    julia rancho sta marg, CA, United States 06-01-11
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    "Amazing"

    Th narrator is excellent, and the book is truly amazing. What a wonderful cast of characters and plot. This book goes into my list of the top 20 books I have ever read.

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    Carldine Hixson, TN, United States 05-28-11
    Carldine Hixson, TN, United States 05-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!"

    This story is enthralling, and beautifully told. Sunil Malhotra's narration has a lovely cadence that is almost musical in quality. I could hardly stop listening. Highly recommend it!

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    Terry Mount Pleasant, MI, United States 05-21-11
    Terry Mount Pleasant, MI, United States 05-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    I loved everything about this book. The narration was excellent. I fell in love with the characters and will carry them with me for for life.

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