Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.

Baker & Taylor
The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and father's disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman. A first novel. 150,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375414497
0375414495
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ver
Characteristics: 541 p. ; 25 cm

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Sylviaweist
Jul 14, 2019

Oh, how I enjoyed this! couldn't put it down, a good. long book. the one about the lady(nun) who comes to Missing Hospital in Ethiopia as a patient then sugical assistant to Dr. Thomas Stone. Pregnancy results, twins, conjoined ones yet, and the mother dies. Thomas Stone leaves Missing never to be seen again, until he meets one son in Boston USA who is also studying surgery.

There's some reference to historical events such as gov't overthrow in Ethiopia and medical firsts and discoveries too.
I want to order more of this authou'rs books for future reads.

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celiawhite99
Jul 07, 2019

Unique & interesting
Really enjoyed this book

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feralranger
Mar 13, 2019

A great big medical family saga with many of the characters within its pages being doctors. The story of two brothers one of them betrayed by his father and brother and he must trust them with his life in the end.
It is populated with a huge cast of characters and it is an old fashion truth-telling story that you will want to get back to reading.

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Inga57
Mar 07, 2019

Kindle Immersion read.
What took me so long to read Abraham Verghese?
The man is a genius wordsmith whose writing and storytelling is unlike anything I've read.
'Cutting for Stone' has become THE favorite of my all-time favorite books.
Worthy of a ten-star rating.
Looking forward to reading his next novel, which is set in India.

Cutting for Stone is beautifully written and everything in the book was unexpected, as well as my reaction- crying several times. I enjoyed all the medical references and descriptions. I haven't read a novel in a while (mainly an autobiographical reader) and may not for some time as this novel cannot be topped!!! (Now if this was an autobiography, then it would be- Mind Blown!!)

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Travel
Jan 16, 2019

One of my favourites, now reading it for the second time. Evocative story. I felt transported to Ethiopia and into the lives of the characters. The section in America is an eye-opener on discrimination in medicine, not only for the patients but for the medical staff as well.

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dmd1949
Aug 20, 2018

I was fascinated by the area and time period of this book. I thought it was a very Interesting book but IMO it could have been 200+ pages shorter. There was way too much detail on the surgical procedures, medical problems and also other descriptions. The story would have been just as good without much of it.

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WoodneathShirlee
Aug 02, 2018

This is among my favorite novels. Set in the 1960-70’s in Ethopia and 1980’s in America, it’s the story of twin brothers born of an Indian nun and a British surgeon. The journey of the brothers’ lives is one of love and betrayal. Ultimately, one brother must entrust his life to his brother and father. Truly, a remarkable story.

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gcarberry
Jul 01, 2018

Brilliant book ! I could not stop reading once I started. The book has such depth of expression of human nature.

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Gingerman_0
Dec 29, 2017

Just plain excellent. 5 stars. This is a “must read”!

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mary138
Feb 20, 2012

About the life of a twin fathered by a brilliant surgeon and his assistant, a nun. Mother dies in childbirth and the story goes through his life as he tries to understand what his calling is.

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'Why must I do what is hardest?'
'Because, Marion, you are an instrument of God. Don't leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play!' - the advice of Matron to a young Marion

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