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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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Well written story, good character development, and descriptive narrative, you could actually visualize the people and places described, definitely worth reading.Published 1 day ago by Serious Lee...
A powerful book about relationships, blood ties, commitments, etc. Excellent writing.Published 1 day ago by bravi
Became very invested in all the characters and enjoyed the journey. Heartwarming and heartbreaking all rolled into one. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ann Finn
Fantastic book, one of the top 2 books i read all year. highly recommend!Published 3 days ago by texastefani
A seminal work for those learning how to (and not to) healthfully love.Published 6 days ago by kundalora
Beautifully written with fully drawn characters as well as much interesting information about Ethiopia and medical conditions (not for the squeamish)Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
We read this as our first ever book group book, chosen by a Doctor member for its medical content. We all loved it. Wonderful family saga with rich characters.Published 8 days ago by Ella
Great book. Have not finished it yet but am thoroughly enjoying it.Published 8 days ago by Helen L.