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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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Excellent. Took me to places and experiences so foreign to my culture and life style. Verghese paints vivid pictures with his writing style. Made the characters so real. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Jeanne Andrus
This is one of the best books I have read. A few spots were rough to get through but well worth the pushing on. Thanks to all who made this happen.Published 1 day ago by bonnie Jean Bauer
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. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S. Schwartz
Unforgettable. Something unexpected happening on nearly all of the 658 pages. I loved it but it's not for everyone!Published 2 days ago by bookwormbug
This story, by about the fourth chapter, had me spellbound. The rich writing combined with the evocative story-telling combined to create a world I fell into and didn't want to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gregory B.
Introduced me to a whole new world which I found fascinating. India, North Africa, medicine and surgery as practiced in each. Well written and captivating.Published 3 days ago by Laura Dolan
Good story, very interesting times and place. Very good information and historical value.Published 4 days ago by S.