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
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.
I didn't think I would fall in love, but I did. A read for a book group, I decided to listen to what I thought would be a dull read. Ha! I fell right into it and didn't surface until the end. It haunts me still.
While the beginning was very slow, this ended up being one of my favorite novels that I've read in a long time. It's a tale about destiny...and one man's run in with destiny throughout his life.
Has multiple wonderful love stories are very differing, drama, and while it has a lot-a-bit of heartbreak it is still uplifting and has glimmers of hope and destiny weaved throughout.
I would recommended reading it and just make sure that you don't stop until you get to after the twins are born!
I decided to give this a try based on a NY Times Review and the fact that it was on sale for 1 credit. I'm not put off by mammoth texts, but I just couldn't feign enough interest in any of the characters beyond the first few chapters. I was expecting something akin to "The Poisonwood Bible," one of my favorites. Instead, this is an inflated soap opera based in Africa. I actually think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it. Then I could have glazed over some of the wordy sections. Part of my dissatisfaction also came from the narrator's voice and tone. It didn't add anything to the text and quite often I found myself falling asleep.
I'm an avid listener who is always in search of another good listen. And I'm willing to share my thoughts with an occasional review.
The story is interesting but lacks any real excitement. The daunting details associated with the medical procedures add little to the story. Some medical practitioners would appreciate these long winded passages; however, it was overly clinical for my taste.
If you need action and a fast moving plot- you probably won't like this- BUT if you love the types of books where the characters stay with you forever and the story lulls along and weaves itself into your soul- then you'll love this. Haima, Shiva, Marion, Ghosh, Thomas, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, Matron etc. All will be with me for a long time.
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.
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