Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

  • Release Date: 2009-02-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 3,547 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of The Covenant of Water: A beautifully written, page-turning family saga of Ethiopia and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. “Filled with mystical scenes and deeply felt characters.... Verghese is something of a magician as a novelist.” —USA Today

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.
This sweeping, emotionally riveting novel that "shows how history and landscape and accidents of birth conspire to create the story of a single life" (Los Angeles Times).


  • Mesmerizing

    By jessica drennan
    This is a lovely epic about the life of a family whose members are dedicated to medicine. The pace of the story never lags and never outruns itself. I was engaged from the beginning to the end. The story follows the lives of congenital twins . The description of life in Ethiopia and later the jarring comparisons to life in America during the same time period are entrancing. As many reviews state there is a lot of medical terminology and much of the story takes place in medical settings; however, this is just a sideline—a medium through which you will experience the true story of life, love, loss, and fulfillment. I can’t recommend this book enough.
  • Cutting for Stone

    By Kera5
    Epic and beautifully written!
  • Loved

    By nfnchehn
    Lovely book.
  • Really enjoyed this book

    By bleachmama7
    It popped up as a trial and I was hooked from the prologue. Love, betrayal, drama, death, pain and a lot of medical procedures- Needless to say I paid for the book after the 4 chapter trial. And I do not regret it.
  • What a great story about growing up in a foreign land.

    By Jekkbnddm
    The struggles of twin boy’s growing up in hospital community, then one twin venturing to the USA to complete his medical training was reviting.
  • Cutting for Stone

    By Peg1gy
    A wonderful book from start to finish. Beautiful characters and set in a part of the world unfamiliar to me. I laughed and shed tears. A touching story, well told.
  • Breathtaking imagery

    By Willowwise
    Beautifully written with deep, meaningful passages reflecting the passion of our souls. I never thought I'd be so captivated by such in-depth medical detail, but I found it all fascinating. I want to turn around and read it all again.
  • Great

    By rahmh
    Such a great book. I was afraid to start it cuz of all the medical terms & details I knew existed from the reviews. However I did buy it & it turned out to be one of the best I've ever read. I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put down.
  • Too hard

    By Misghana sengal
    Somebody recommended this book to me as I am Ethiopian however I find it very hard. I mean the vocabularies were confusing. I would prefer if the writer wrote it a little simpler.
  • Great and moving book

    By A gold issue
    I read so many reviews that this was a top ten favorite and I must agree. I also read that others wept when the book ended. Not just for the story but that the story was over and they had to say goodbye to the characers. I agree here too. It is so odd that I have felt a sense of grieving today since I finished the book. It is sad that I have to say goodbye to the characters. I almost want to start the book all over again. Great character development and vocabulary. Interesting story with political and realistic situations. A fascinating insight into the world of medicine and a great story about relationships. A wonderful read! I am very happy that this book was recommended to me. Thank you!