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
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.
I liked this book. I like the medical aspect. I don't know if you will like it if you are not interested in medicine. I walked around the house with headphones in for days listening to this book. Very Good!
This was absolutely wonderful! Totally unexpected. It was a story of love and loss, and of joy and heart. I just couldn't stop listening. I wished it hadn't ended. I will listen to it again!
I loved, loved, loved this book. Great characters and wonderful story. More please!!
I bought this audio book based on reviews I read and I was not disappointed. The character development is second to none in terms of books I have read/heard. From the perspective of very poor children in Ethiopia, to the parents and adults that teach and parent them, we get to know these characters better then we know our best friends, or even ourselves.
Dowloading this book was a risk. Ethiopia? What did I know about that country, and how could I relate with characters that live there? This book illustrates like no other that humans the world over suffer the same fates, and experience the same wonderful joys: Murder, lust, love, dreaming of a better future, unspeakable pain, etc. I came to know the characters and smell what they smelled. Living through their eyes, I came to know unrequited love and unspeakable pains that we inflict on each other. Listening to Sunil Malhotra narrate this book, it became a soothing, piercing story, that I could not wait to turn on every chance I got.
I cannot recall a better book that I have ever read or listened to. Bravo to Mr. Verghese. My biggest regret as I head out to do yard work today: I will not have this wonderful audio/book to accompany me.
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