Cutting for Stone

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What pure reading pleasure awaits those who start Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese! This is a wonderfully written and totally engaging story by a writer who is a terrific story teller. His strongly drawn characters are mostly all involved in the practice of medicine in a small hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Both worlds come vividly alive as the reader can become totally immersed in the medical issues facing the small staff at Missing Hospital. At the same time, the Ethiopia in the last years of the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie and the succeeding governments is, probably for most readers, a little-known setting and Verghese's wonderfully descriptive writing creates an interesting world in which so much of his story occurs. The main characters are twin boys, Marion and Shiva Stone, who are born to an Indian nun, who is a nursing assistant at Missing Hospital. Their lives are intertwined with medicine, the political developments of Ethiopia once Haile Selassie is disposed in a coup in 1974, and their personal struggles to deal with, among other issues, an absent birth-father and their professional development as medical practitioners. Cutting for Stone is an absorbing and wonderful book that is highly recommended.
-Roy

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