Cutting For Stone

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March 14, 2015 by positivelypeachie

I just finished Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese – have any of you read it? It came recommended to me by a friend who is slowly lending me her entire book library and we have the same taste – so it’s like we’re book soulmates. She is older than me and has read way more than I have, so it’s really fun to have her share with me and I with her (although I’ve found few that I’ve read and she hasn’t!)

Cutting for Stone is a very well written book about two brothers, siamese twins but separated at birth, born to a nun in a small hospital in rural Ethiopia. The boys are taken in by two Doctors at the hospital when their mother dies at birth, and their father – the most renowned surgeon in the area – runs off.

It’s a beautiful book – very well written and thought provoking about the journey of one twin to make peace with both his brother and his past while trying to establish a place for himself in the world. It gives you a window into life of Indian surgeons in a remote Ethiopian hospital in mid/late 1900s. It was sad, which any good book should be, but also hopeful and enthralling. Definitely a good read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something a little unorthodox but very well written.

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