Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

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22 Critic Reviews

This novel is a great example of popular historical fiction, but it's also just a wordy and over-long sequence of "and then after that, I..." passages.
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Synopsis

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death 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.
 
Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.


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About Abraham Verghese

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Abraham Verghese is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, where he is now an adjunct professor. He is the author of My Own Country, a 1994 NBCC Finalist and a Time Best Book of the Year, and The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has published essays and short stories that have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
 
Published February 3, 2009 by Vintage. 690 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Cutting For Stone
All: 22 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 5

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Aida Edemariam on May 09 2009

And this, often accompanied by a real delicacy and honesty, is pleasing, but there was an extra element I missed: a serious playfulness of meaning, a compassion arising from an understanding of perspective and of all that cannot be controlled.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Erica Wagner on Feb 08 2012

The novel is crippled, too, by the use of back story.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by LisaAnn Verge on Apr 01 2009

Cutting for Stone is an intensely emotional book written by a man whose reverence for the medical profession and respect for the dedication necessary to master the work shines through.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by Regi Schilken on Apr 26 2012

Best of all, you will have a better understanding of what happens when one crucial member of a family, a father, betrays his sons in the harsh reality of guilt, doubt, sex, and love.

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The Dagger

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Kelly on Jul 10 2011

What captured my attention as I read were the varied feelings and thoughts the characters drew from witnessing the same event.

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Classic Book Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Jo on Feb 04 2012

The book is well written with believable characters and is an epic piece of work, and I much admire the research the author must have done to produce such a detailed book.

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Tadias

Excellent
Reviewed by Chloe Malle on Jun 02 2009

Cutting for Stone deftly conveys the eerie and perhaps poetic similarity between the seemingly disparate vocations of surgery and writing.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Kate OLeary on Feb 27 2012

Verghese is a doctor by trade and he does a wonderful job of describing medical procedures that take place in the daily lives of the characters as so many are doctors and nurses. This was one of my favorite aspects about the book.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna on Apr 18 2012

Cutting for Stone is an incredibly written journey that I can’t say enough good things about.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Leeswammes on Jan 03 2012

A moving book, a good read, but I wasn’t bowled over like some of my blogging friends.

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Boston Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Marie on Feb 04 2009

Cutting for Stone is an incredibly moving story about people, and about a family, and about lovers- and about cowardice and bravery, anger and betrayal and forgiveness.

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The Introverted Reader

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Mar 27 2012

I highly recommend this book. Stick with it through the first section, and I promise the payoff will be worth it.

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Opinionless

Good
Reviewed by Aaron on May 11 2011

Cutting for Stone is a novel for everyone, not just those who love historical fiction.

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The Book Lady's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Schinsky on Feb 06 2009

When I finished Cutting for Stone, I wanted to turn right back to page one and begin again. This book is good. Really good.

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Read, React, Review

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica on Dec 15 2011

I felt too much was crammed in, and despite an abundance of plot, it felt slow and bloated.

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Chrisbookarama

Below average
Reviewed by Chris on Jul 28 2009

There is one aspect of the story that bothered me: the relationship between Marion and Genet. I just didn't understand why he loved her so much.

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Elementary Watson

Good
Reviewed by Vic on Feb 27 2012

This is an intense, ambitious novel that considers a wealth of issues including the horror of revolution, medicine and sexual awakening. I think one word to describe this novel is: epic.

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Quick Brown Fox

Good
Reviewed by Bonnie Bouwman on Jan 29 2012

Cutting for Stone is a story full of detailed description, vivid imagery and characters you will come to know, admire and loathe all in the same breath.

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Random Writings

Good
Reviewed by Tom Carrico on Jan 26 2012

As I said earlier, get a copy of this book, read it and savor it. You will be glad that you did.

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Southern as Biscuits

Good
Reviewed by Kristi on Nov 07 2011

It is hard to believe this great work is the author's first novel.

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The Vibe

Good
Reviewed by Emma Brooks on Oct 02 2011

I was so impressed by this book, I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new read, regardless of your usual preferences. This book will blow you away.

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Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Richard on Sep 04 2011

This novel is a great example of popular historical fiction, but it's also just a wordy and over-long sequence of "and then after that, I..." passages.

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