Cutting for Stone ~~ Abraham Verghese

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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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This book was given to me as a gift and I've been waiting to find the time to read it in amongst all my to read books. I truly wish I hadn't waited at all, but that I had read it as soon as I got it. This is a truly wonderful book that is so beautifully written, it's almost like reading poetry. It paints such a wonderful picture of mid-20 century Ethiopia. It's all there - Hailie Selassie, the Eritrea rebellion, the Ethiopian culture and the wonderful people of this African country. The book is also a truly remarkable family saga about a family that is ripped apart when two worlds collide-an Indian nun and a very talented physician and surgeon and the twin sons that their union brought into the world. It is also a truly wonderful book about medicine and the physician's calling to that field. Verghese is a physician himself and he brings his knowledge and insight in the medical field to the pages of his book. The most remarkable thing is that this is Verghese's first novel, and in it he manages to carry his readers effortlessly away to another time and another continent. This is a beautiful and amazing book, and one that will stay with me for a long time.
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