Every once in a while, you find a book with the power to transport you to another place and time. Cutting for Stone is just such a book.
The characters are fully developed and fascinating. The plot is full of human joy, as well as grief and suffering. The time frame covers a period of more than 30 years, allowing the reader to see the characters as they grow and change and confront the confluences of historical upheavels and their own personal destiny.
The author, Abraham Verghese is a doctor, and the plot of this book revolves around an English doctor in Ethiopia, who becomes the father of twin boys who grow up to become doctors. It’s the story of their birth, his rejection of them, and the lives they all weave separately, and eventually intersect, that captures you from the first paragraph.
As someone who prefers a good nonfiction book, I have to admit that this fiction account is so well written and developed that it goes on my list of all-time favorite reads. You will not be disappointed.
Cutting for Stone