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
When I first started listening to this book, I was unsure if it was going to be a good listen. It was not! It turned out to be a great listen with the characters and narrration complimenting each other. Great job both author and narrator.
This was a good book. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes learning about other cultures while also getting a good story. I wish the accent wasn't so heavy.
This is a wonderful story about the type of life we all lead. It's a story of love, forgiveness and decisions that will have you deeply involved in the characters. Several reviews complained about the amount of medical jargon, but I didn't mind it and felt I may have learned a little something too.
Superb character developement and the author's ability to transport me to a world I never knew existed and yet was at the same time familiar, make this a delicious read. From the pain of secrets kept hidden, to the joy of forgiveness and personal redemption, this story has changed me.
This is one of the few times I think I would have read the book than listened to it. The narrators accent is so thick and his voice is so dry and monotoned that I could only listen to it for short periods of time. The story itself is well written and very interesting.
The book was worth listening to, but it was a little long! The character development kept you interested, although, if it wasn't for the great narrator I might not have been able to make it through.
The author develops the characters and story very well. It holds your attention from beginning to end.
The reader is also very good.
I hope Abraham Verghese has another book published soon.
One of the best books I have experienced in years. The characters are so real in their joys, their love, and their deep, dark flaws. The story is beautiful and engrossing.
What a great read (listen). I throughly enjoyed the rich story line, fascinating characters and interesting information regarding surgery. Im not very detail oriented and can get bored with too much detail, but for some reason the way the surgical information was presented did not bore me in the least. Ive been comparing notes from the book with an Ethiopian medical clinician whom I work with and he also enjoyed this book and the details from Ethiopia. Plus, I have to say that the long length of the book was a plus for me - I would highly recommend it.
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