Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was one of the most moving and beautifully written books I have ever read. The tale of Marion; a twin abandoned by his surgeon father at birth and left motherless when his mother passes away in childbirth. Raised by loving adoptive parents in the heart of Ethiopia on a small mission hospital, Marion and his twin Shiva fall in love with medicine. Marion later makes his way to America and becomes a trauma surgeon. His life comes full-circle when he runs into trouble that only his birth father and estranged twin can solve.
I loved the setting of this novel. I love reading books that teach me about another time or another part of the world. The writing is rich and detailed. I love the descriptions of the sky, the people and the food in Ethiopia. There is also quite a bit of surgical jargon and descriptions of surgeries. These are tactfully written, with enough detail to paint a picture for the reader, but not enough to make a squeamish person vomit.
I fell in love with the characters in this book. They are each quite developed and unique. A treasure to read and savor.
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