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
Tiresome book. Filled with useless minutiae. Might be a pretty good story but with some serious editing..... like, eliminate 35% of it.
I am an English lit major, a writer (non-fiction), like to learn about history from fiction, love the classics, but also a good yarn that distracts me from present troubles. Like stories I can't put down.
This is a very long time to spend (and two precious credits!) to realize that a soap opera story imposed on "Gray's Anatomy" does not amount to real literature. Medical expertise and jargon does not amount to knowledge of the human soul! Do not waste your time.
This story is very well-written, and the narraration is excellent. It is full of beautiful little passages that are poetic and poignant - profound thoughts that describe the human experience masterfuly. These are the things that kept my interest.
However, for me, the long story was difficult to love. The characters were not especially charismatic; they didn't really win my heart. And there are a lot of graphic descriptions of surgeries and illnesses, some of which were difficult to listen to.
I did appreciate the inside look from points of view and different worlds that I never would have otherwise seen - Ethiopia, the struggling hospital in the Bronx, the perspective of an immigrant medical intern... All of these things were fascinating, but in the end, the book left me feeling kind of sad. I guess I am an escapist who is better suited to fantasy and more entralling types of tales.
I see that the price has gone up to 2 credits since I bought it - I don't know that it would have been worth that for me.
I struggled through the entire book, anticipating that it would get good and justify the high ratings from other reviewers. Sadly it never did get good, and I'm sorry I even started listening to this tedious story. The story just bogs down and keeps bogging down. The plot is pedestrian, being the diary of a life beginning in a third world country. The medical information is not particularly interesting, but it is the only interesting component of the book. The characters are simply boring and slog through life with little excitement and mystery. I don't know what planet these reviewers are on who give it five stars. It needs to be edited, abridged down to half its length, and then it would still be boring, but at least not so much a waste of time to listen to it.
For me, a total waste of a credit. Far too much medical jargon, far too little story. Very boring. Gave up after first hour.
It's a very unique, well-narrated story that could have been told in about 5 hours. I gave up on this one a dozen times. Then I'd relent and try again only to find my mind wandering during the hours and hours of useless back story. It was just too darn frustrating to stay connected to the story.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
Beautifully written. The story line is different, seducing... yet... I felt that I could NEVER identify with the characters. On one hand the author went deep into their psyche, on the other hand, the reader feels left out. The book is good, but NOT as good as the book "THE HELP", and NOT as insightful for sure. Would I recommend the book. YES , if you don't know what else to read, NO, if you are frugal with your credits. Overall, the book was good, the narration was well done, sometimes I had a hard times understanding the dialect, overall, couldn't identify with all of the characters.
Although the story and narration is exceptional, the author dwells on all the details much too long. Its hard not to say to the author, "Get on with it". I would recommend the abridged version of this book.
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