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That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle of this novel is how organically the two are entwined. I’ve not read a novel wherein medicine, the practice of it, is made as germane to the storytelling process, to the overall narrative, as the author manages to make it happen here. The medical detail is stunning, but it never overwhelms the humane and narrative aspects of this moving and ambitious novel. This is a first-person narration where the first-person voice appears to disappear, but never entirely; only in the beginning are we aware that the voice addressing us is speaking from the womb! And what terrific characters--even the most minor players are given a full history. There is also a sense of great foreboding; by the midpoint of the story, one dreads what will further befall these characters. The foreshadowing is present in the chapter titles, too--‘The School of Suffering’ not least among them! Cutting for Stone is a remarkable achievement.--John Irving
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I found it a bit difficult to get into, but once the twins were born it picked up.
don't know if I would seek out other books by this author or not.
Too much scientific stuff for me...my book club members were "split down the middle" on this one.Published 18 hours ago by calliegirl
Once I got into this book it was hard to put down. The author made the characters come alive on the pages.Published 1 day ago by ellen biggs
This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read, very informative (I learned a lot), and emotionally rewarding. Read morePublished 2 days ago by carolyn taylor
I really came away with an acute sense of it's time, location, beautiful writing.
However I read some of Amazon reader reviews, especially the ones bearing one star, I am... Read more
Exceeded all expectations in every category! I think this is a masterpiece. The story is beyond compelling. The characters live and the descriptions transport.Published 3 days ago by Sharon Freese
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I would highly recommend it.Published 4 days ago by Nancy B.
I could not put this book down. I have always liked books about other people's choices to live away from this homelands. For them to live and work where there is so much hardship. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mary Steffen