Cutting for Stone review ñ 3

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Cutting for Stone review ñ 3 ✓ A sweeping emotionally riveting first novel an enthralling family saga of Africa and America doctors and patients exile and homeMarion 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 deatA 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. “My VIP patients often regret so many things on their deathbeds They regret the bitterness they’ll leave in people’s hearts They realize that no money no church service no eulogy no funeral procession no matter how elaborate can remove the legacy of a mean spirit” Cutting for Stone pg 434More than a few people who’ve read the novel mentioned to me that they wanted to discontinue reading the novel And I understood what they meant when I finished reading Cutting for Stone this last weekendI had trouble with the point of view Unlike Frankie in Angela’s Ashes Marion the protagonist is an adult all along and mono tonal Mr Verghese doesn’t give Marion the privilege of his own voice Marion is smothered by adult language betrayed by the medical jargon which is overbearing ultimately as well as weak writing—this last piece was a surprise to me The idiom in some places puts me right in 2011 America when in fact we’re in Ethiopia for most part of the novel—mid 1900’s onward Also an overuse of similes was irritating and kept dragging the writing down but most importantly the reader can’t get to Marion’s soul because weak language confounds the reader Moreover the shifting points of view are shoddy and in fact weaken the intensity of emotion that existed briefly when Dr Thomas Stone is trying to deliver the twins By the way this was the most poignant scene of the novel and then the novel degenerates slowly and painfully for the 100’s of pages to comeProbably the lowest point of the novel is the coincidence you’ll find far too many coincidental meetings and appearances etc of Genet and Marion meeting in the US Marion is set up to be a romantic by the author and had saved his virginity for Genet But then enjoys a grotesue intercourse which involves urine blood and vaginal fluids Marion is so turned on that he goes at it again If I didn’t feel terrible for Genet by then I certainly did at that point I am not sure that Mr Verghese wanted Marion to be narcissistic and sadistic “I grabbed her shoulder and pulled her to me hard I smelled her fever and the scent of blood and sex and urine I came again pg598—but Mr Verghese came pretty close here But the novel had unraveled for me earlier MrVerghese simply has the hardest time developing female characters They play stereotypical roles except for Marion’s mother who had the potential to be very interesting as a developed character but the author again “uses” her as a plot device wish not to reveal how for those who’ve not read the novel yet Hema his adopted mother also has wonderful potential of becoming an interesting character but remains flat throughout The male characters dialogue is a notch better but the dialogue throughout the novel is tiresome and most characters sound like each other There is some good dialogue from Marion’s adopted father Ghosh and Dr Deepak but not enough to save the novelAnd poor Marion remains a prisoner to a very brilliant individual as a novelist in Mr Verghese who tries desperately but fails to develop a nuanced protagonist maybe the reason people wanted to put the novel down I think if the novel was cut into half it may have worked for me given the good writing would have blossomed and caught the attention of the reader Here’s one other passage I liked“ In America my initial impression was that death or the possibility of it always seemed to come as a surprise as if we took it for granted that we were immortal and that death was just an option” Cutting for Stone pg 486

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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 himAn unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life and an epic story about the power intimacy and curious beauty of the work of healing othersfront flap. Wasn’t that the definition of home Not where you are from but where you are wanted This book is both brilliant and breathtaking I absolutely loved it Abraham Verghese is not only a distinguished physician but an extremely talented writer The prose is some of the very best I have encountered in a novel and the story itself is hugely compelling Verghese takes his time setting up the story and introducing the cast of characters that will be thoroughly developed throughout the course of the novel I gobbled this stuff right up It’s a book about home and belonging – both to your country and to your loved ones Family is defined by those people to whom we feel the greatest connection whether through blood or through the fulfillment of our greatest needs in life including love loyalty and dependability In Addis Ababa near the soaring heights of the Entoto Mountains in Ethiopia Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born to an Indian who is both nun and nurse and a British surgeon working together within the walls of Missing a missionary hospital Literally joined at birth the twins also share a bond of brotherhood and loss that will be both strengthened and painfully tested throughout their lives As the boys grow they also learn the practice of medicine both in its clinical form as well as its very compassionate service to human beings This knowledge is gleaned through the most admirable of characters Hema and Ghosh I loved these two but in particular Ghosh who is possibly one of my favorite literary personalities of all time There is a plethora of medical descriptions here that I found uite fascinating One is not reuired to have a medical related degree to enjoy this book but a curiosity and appreciation for the field of medicine will go a long way here Having worked in clinical research I did not have any difficulties – as long as my handy e dictionary was close by for those terms unfamiliar to me I have to issue a little word of warning here for those that may feel a bit sueamish when presented with some of the graphic details of medicine Although I may have flinched once or twice that didn’t stop me from readingDue to family social ties to some very powerful forces within Ethiopia Marion and Shiva find that they are not exempt from the effects of the political upheaval during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie When catastrophe lands on their own doorstep the twins will learn even about the true meaning of family I found that I learned uite a lot about Ethiopian history and current events and it was all very illuminating I gained a better understanding of the geography of this African country and absorbed some very vivid images like this one I stepped out to the lawn I remember the air that night and how it was so brisk that it could revive the dead The fragrance of eucalyptus stoking a home fire the smell of wet grass of dung fuel of tobacco of swamp air and the perfume of hundreds of roses – this was the scent of Missing No it was the scent of a continent Heartbreaking and uplifting Cutting for Stone is a treasure that I highly recommend Medicine foreign cultures politics coming of age abandonment betrayal and love are all elements woven together to construct a real masterpiece of writing The ending was both poignant and astonishing I loved it The world turns on our every action and our every omission whether we know it or not

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Cutting for StoneA sweeping emotionally riveting first novel an enthralling family saga of Africa and America doctors and patients exile and homeMarion 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. Many readers will tell you that Cutting for Stone is the epic story of two conjoined twins fathered by a brilliant British Surgeon and an Indian Nun And it technically is Narrated by Marion the first born twin we are told of every influence on his and his brother’s existence More than the story being told however the novel is an accurate portrayal of life in all it’s cruelty and wonder The twin’s mother dies in childbirth and their father abandons them minutes later They are raised in a missionary medical hospital in Ethiopia As they grow up they are forced to face their past and futures re defining the meanings of destiny love and family While reading you will notice the fine points are painstakingly researched as the story is and packed full of medical jargon and situations along with vivid descriptions of Ethiopian culture and history My only reservation in recommending the book is the novels “hard moments” as almost every imaginable tragedy touches these brothers and medical operations and oddities are very detailed Sueamish readers may want to skim some of these passagesAll in all this novel is elegantly told superbly structured and the most original piece of fiction I’ve read in years It’s deserving of every positive adjective I can throw at it; marvelous and thrilling You will want to own and lose yourself in this book again and again Buy it now and thank me later