Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.
©2009 Abraham Verghese (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
An AMAZING book. The characterisation is exceptional - the interreactions and interplays between characters outstanding - and the descriptions of medical procedures so vivid that one could be a participant in the theatre (surgical that is). The storyline is superb.
This book was recommended by 3 friends and now I know why. As always, the narrator can make or break an audio book. He's great!
Without hesitation. It has proved to be my best listen in 2011
A Suitable Boy boy by Vickram Seth. A book I loved and read with relish
Rather which was the least ...... none
Gauche as he was memorable as a man and dr.
Definitely the story line and the way it flowed.
Man of many voices. I think he did splendid justice and should feel proud. I personally think he did a splendid job in pronouncing cities, countries and dishes. However he missed pronouncing the Indian cities, dance forms properly. Perhaps the mis-pronounced versions are more familiar to the western ear.
Finally broke the jinx on amy audible purchases. The last few of them dragged on an on and I was pretty apprehensive when I picked this one up. However having listened to this one I am pretty sure I made the right call. This is the very first time I have picked up a book of Abraham Varghese and I thought that the entire story line and the flow was simply awesome and unlike any other I have seen / read in the recent times. Based in Ehiopia and spanning atleast 3 different continents the story is gripping, sentimental, emotional, choking and a lot more. Definitely recommend it to everyone.
The only piece which was overpowering on occasions was the excruciating medical details covered in various chapters. Perhaps it was important but it just felt like a touch too much than I wanted to know.
Made me cry laugh and feel
The birth of the twins
He explored emotion, mirth and severity with delightful outcomes
Cape Town, South Africa
This is a rich story spanning many years in the lives of characters, a family of blood or love, who lived in Ethiopia but were not from there. It's a beautiful journey through the deep pathways of their lives, very authentically and sincerely written and narrated. I so enjoyed having this story as my companion these last couple of weeks. Well worth the listen!
Five PLUS stars!***** I read it a while ago and am still recommending it to anyone who'll stand still long enough to listen.
Its rich deep, strong, harsh, sensitive, full of integrity, intelligence and warmth .... well-written and narrated, its one of the few i'll read a second time.
I just love the way the African kids mispronounce the mission hospital as "missing" hospital, and other such delights. The flavour of Africa captured so well.
Yes! I struggled to get going with the print version...
Whenever the twins connected. Usually without words!
This book really takes you all the way around the world with such a sense of integrity and no pretense. I really enjoyed it!
Yes, loved the narration
Didn't follow the usual predictable storyline, you had to keep reading.
No, but will look forward to reading more of his work.
Marion - this character was the one with the most depth. His father Thomas is quite dislike able as is his childhood love interest.uch empathy can be felt for Marion. But he needed a good shake (or a cold shower) when he met Genet again later in the book. Something at the start of the book had me believing I knew the outcome at an event later in the book. Well done Abraham, you had me duped.
If you don't like graphic surgical descriptions, brace yourself. Only one had me wishing he wasn't quite so graphic, but get through that and it is a good read. Give it a go - for a surgeon, he does a pretty good job as an author.
Honest, Africa, Medical
Hema, Goss and Marion
He acted out each character individually well! Brilliant voices!
It was vivid and somewhat gross in some parts...but factually real and accurate and you just wanted to keep reading...
Loved it! Highly recommend it!
"Outstanding in Audio"
A fascinating book with vivid and interesting characters, all brought to life by superb narration. I listen to many audiobooks, and this is one of the best.
"Evocative and absorbing"
There are many good reviews for this book and that's what made me try it. And I'm so glad. The narration is perfect, and the story is engrossing. I enjoyed the medical detail, I think it added significantly to the story. Ethiopia is at the heart of this novel and that was as fascinating as any of the main characters. The writing was very good indeed and many phrases have stayed with me. Wonderful read!
Simply could not put this book down, and actually found the medical enounters fascinating. Not only do the characters and plot line carry one along at top speed, but I feel I have learnt so much about medicine in the most fascinating and enjoyable way. Read it!
"Loved this book"
An unusual novel but one that I thoroughly enjoyed listening too. It gave a very colourful view of Ethiopia and there were some very well drawn characters. The complex relationships between the main characters were wonderful and traumatic, depicted through the various stages of the book and the characters' lives. Excellent listening.
"One of the best books I have ever read!"
At first I wondered where this book was going to end up. The blurb wouldn't have enticed me really but it was recommended by someone whose opinion I value.
This book is a pure delight, something to savour as the story unfolds. It's gritty, 'true' and full of love. A wonderful story that is richly written with description that really takes you there to the smells and sounds. Brilliant!
"i really enjoyed this"
i really enjoyed this book. You have to be fascinated by medicine and the body as there is quite alot of medical information, but if you like that sort of thing you will love this book.
The story was excellent and the narrator superb.
The characterisation is nothing short of brilliant and I am certain I enjoyed it all the more than I would if I had read this book. Every play of emotion and genuine laugh out loud moments. The narrative brings out the essence of life in Ethiopia in a mission hospital and anyone with a passing interest in surgery will enjoy. Totally addictive I was very sad when it ended. But for those who like to know all the loose ends were tied very well and satisfyingly. An extraordinary story that deserves widespread recognition.
Now in my top 10 books of all time
This is a beautiful tale about love, family and the choices we make. The narration was so superb it made listening an absolute delight. I grew up in Zimbabwe and the Authors descriptions of Ethiopia and its people brought back so many memories of living in Africa. And although I did enjoy the rambling style, the author’s tendency to go off on long tangents dilutes the story and keeps it from being entirely engaging and the medical descriptions were at times just too long, bogging down the narrative. Having said that I think the medical terminology did suit the story. Medicine is after all at the core of this novel, all the characters are defined by their love of medicine and medicine consumes the protagonist’s entire life. It would not have been right to gloss over the medical terms as they were so meaningful to Marion Stone as well as to his entire family. I have a medical background and could cope with the jargon, but still feel that precise medical terminology could have been used without giving us a blow, by blow for every single procedure. I loved listening to this novel, whilst listening I was captivated and enjoyed it. However, once put down, I didn’t feel engaged enough to want to continue and it took me months to finish. I found myself reading and listening to numerous other novels in between. Though after finally finishing I was ultimately left satisfied. This was a lovely story that unfortunately, through lack of tighter editing looses the magic it should have had.
"Excellent, gripping, interesting story"
I loved the narration - really suited the story. The book reminds me of novels by Rohinton Mistry - just everyday life in a different country.....peoples' lives weaving together. Incredible events which end up shaping lives in unexpected ways. I'm constantly checking for more books by Abraham Verghese.
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