Advance reader reviews of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2009,
    560 pages.

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  • Ann (Clearfield PA)


    Cutting for Stone
    Somehow I was drawn to this book; perhaps it was because of my background and interest in medicine. Abraham Verghese has written a wonderful novel filled with the passion only a true physician can describe.

    He has taken us back to a time and place where the study and practice of medicine was undertaken because of the hunger for knowledge, the dedication to the patient, and the love of the craft. The doctors and staff of the Missing Hospital quite often learned by doing and found that the patients in the area were not necessarily textbook cases.

    Love for medicine is not the only subject that Verghese's novel touches on. He tells a tale of love for God, the strength of family and the plight of the poor in a third world country. Most importantly, he writes of the closeness of twins born connected physically then separated and yet forever remain undivided in mind and spirit.
  • Deborah (Seattle WA)


    Cutting for Stone
    Although this book is over 500 pages long, it's definitely worth the time it takes to read. It helps if you're interested in medicine, as the author and most of the main characters are doctors, and there are a number of descriptions of medical procedures. If not, you can easily skip over those parts and enjoy a story that spans several decades and continents. Aside from the plot, my favorite parts of the book were the descriptions of Ethiopia, where most of the story takes place--you almost feel like you are there. Probably not a good book for book clubs because it's so long, but I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get lost in a book for a while!
  • Barbara (Alexandria VA)


    Good but not great
    To be honest, I lost interest in this book by the end of the third part and did not finish it -- there are so many terrific books out there. The protagonist engaged me well at the beginning. The prose was easy and fluid. Somewhere, this got lost with a sudden increase in the pace.
  • Lynn (Wautoma WI)


    Cutting for Stone
    I really enjoyed this book. With Ethiopia as the setting with all its turbulence, a varied and believable cast of characters this book was an adventure. The main characters did not always react to situations as you would expect. Because this is true in life, people don't do as you expect, it made the book very believable. I found myself picking up this book when I was supposed to be doing other things, just to follow the characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, do not let the size scare you.
  • Sandra (Kula HI)


    Cutting for Stone
    There are many interesting themes and characters in the book but I felt the book was overdone. Verghese gets so caught up in particular events such as the delivery of the twins that he loses the flow of the story. Although his knowledge of medicine is obvious and well documented if often felt like a lecture. I read My Own Country several years ago and thought it was very good...but that was non fiction so the "story" told itself. I think it would have been a very good novel with better editing and condensation.
    I particularly liked his theme of real patient care. I appreciated learning more about Ethiopian history and culture.

    Thank you for the opportunity to review the book.
  • Judith (Ewa Beach HI)


    Too heavy to put down
    Each chapter is short so I found myself reading 'just one more'....and then not wanting the book to end.

    I felt as though I were in the doctors' shoes and the medical/scientific terminology was no obstacle to this being an exciting, interesting read.

    ShivaMarion caught my heart and made me care each step of the way ... as did all the other characters. I really did get to know them personally.

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction with an engaging plot line (or two!)
  • Leann (Springfield IL)


    Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
    I really enjoyed this book, although there were parts that I thought might have benefited from tighter editing to even out the pacing. But, the language is rich and lovely and the characters alive and wonderfully complex. I’m sure that this book will be among the rare few that stay with me long after I’ve moved on to the next . . . and the next . . . and the next . . .
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