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Cutting for Stone Free read ã 2 Ü A sweeping emotionally riveting first novel an enthralling family saga of Africa and America doctors and patients exile and homeMarion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa Orphaned by their mother’s A preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution Yet it will be love not politics their passion for the same woman that will tear them apart and force Marion fresh out of medical school to flee his homeland He makes his way to America finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded overcrowded. “My VIP patients often regret so many things on their deathbeds They regret the bitterness they’ll leave in people’s hearts They realize that no money no church service no eulogy no funeral procession no matter how elaborate can remove the legacy of a mean spirit” Cutting for Stone pg 434More than a few people who’ve read the novel mentioned to me that they wanted to discontinue reading the novel And I understood what they meant when I finished reading Cutting for Stone this last weekendI had trouble with the point of view Unlike Frankie in Angela’s Ashes Marion the protagonist is an adult all along and mono tonal Mr Verghese doesn’t give Marion the privilege of his own voice Marion is smothered by adult language betrayed by the medical jargon which is overbearing ultimately as well as weak writing—this last piece was a surprise to me The idiom in some places puts me right in 2011 America when in fact we’re in Ethiopia for most part of the novel—mid 1900’s onward Also an overuse of similes was irritating and kept dragging the writing down but most importantly the reader can’t get to Marion’s soul because weak language confounds the reader Moreover the shifting points of view are shoddy and in fact weaken the intensity of emotion that existed briefly when Dr Thomas Stone is trying to deliver the twins By the way this was the most poignant scene of the novel and then the novel degenerates slowly and painfully for the 100’s of pages to comeProbably the lowest point of the novel is the coincidence you’ll find far too many coincidental meetings and appearances etc of Genet and Marion meeting in the US Marion is set up to be a romantic by the author and had saved his virginity for Genet But then enjoys a grotesue intercourse which involves urine blood and vaginal fluids Marion is so turned on that he goes at it again If I didn’t feel terrible for Genet by then I certainly did at that point I am not sure that Mr Verghese wanted Marion to be narcissistic and sadistic “I grabbed her shoulder and pulled her to me hard I smelled her fever and the scent of blood and sex and urine I came again pg598—but Mr Verghese came pretty close here But the novel had unraveled for me earlier MrVerghese simply has the hardest time developing female characters They play stereotypical roles except for Marion’s mother who had the potential to be very interesting as a developed character but the author again “uses” her as a plot device wish not to reveal how for those who’ve not read the novel yet Hema his adopted mother also has wonderful potential of becoming an interesting character but remains flat throughout The male characters dialogue is a notch better but the dialogue throughout the novel is tiresome and most characters sound like each other There is some good dialogue from Marion’s adopted father Ghosh and Dr Deepak but not enough to save the novelAnd poor Marion remains a prisoner to a very brilliant individual as a novelist in Mr Verghese who tries desperately but fails to develop a nuanced protagonist maybe the reason people wanted to put the novel down I think if the novel was cut into half it may have worked for me given the good writing would have blossomed and caught the attention of the reader Here’s one other passage I liked“ In America my initial impression was that death or the possibility of it always seemed to come as a surprise as if we took it for granted that we were immortal and that death was just an option” Cutting for Stone pg 486

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New York City hospital When the past catches up to him nearly destroying him Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed himAn unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life and an epic story about the power intimacy and curious beauty of the work of healing othersfront flap. My favorite parts of this sizable tome were of course the medical jargon and the lyrically gory descriptions of diseases and surgeries I guess by now I have finally and irreversibly crossed that thin line between sanity and medicineYes all the descriptions of diseases and surgeries and the handy medical mneumonics were like music to my ears Really Reading Verghese's Cutting for Stone reminded me of the conversations that I tend to have with my friends in the medical field they inevitably will deteriorate into the full on medical jargon fest And they will become hard and boring to follow for the 'outsiders' And I love it in a strange way Insanity like I saidTell me in what other fiction book can you read about surgery for volvulus vaginal fistula repairs detailed C section and transplant surgery description and medical conditions that are becoming increasingly rare in the US and therefore are fascinating Where else in fiction do you get a crash review course on different kinds of cardiac murmurs or vesicovaginal fistulae and the history of their repair Right I thought so Medicine is so seamlessly integrated in the very structure of this novel that it becomes a character in its own right Nicely done Dr Verghese “I'm ashamed of our human capacity to hurt and maim one another to desecrate the body Yet it allows me to see the cabalistic harmony of heart peeking out behind lung of liver and spleen consulting each other under the dome of the diaphragm these things leave me speechless” Oh but I guess you also care about the story and not just about my dithyrambs about the medical jargon Okay okay Here is the brief synopsis of 600 plus pages “Wasn't that the definition of home Not where you are from but where you are wanted” Twin boys Shiva and Marion are born in a poor 'Missing' Hospital in Ethiopia to an Indian nun who died in childbirth status post a horrific and vividly described Cesarean section and a socially inept but talented British surgeon who promptly exits the twins' lives mere minutes after their birth having almost crushed their initially conjoined heads Marion is named after Marion Sims the father of American gynecology who in the 19th century pioneered the operation for repair of vesicovaginal fistula the abnormal communication between urethra and vagina with all the unpleasant and horrific conseuences the operation that Shiva performs in this bookMarion Sims' work became a subject of much controversy in the 20th century since he practiced his craft without anesthesia on slave women with unknown consent of his subjects on some of whom he operated about 30 timesThe past of medicine is very often a very scary and cruel placeThe boys are adopted and raised by an eccentric couple of Indian doctors at Missing Hema and Ghosh who in an adorable and sweet way 'renew' their marriage each year We witness them growing up around the hospital learning medicine from a very tender age living through periods of Ethiopian civil unrest and of course girl troubles Genet the tragic girl who always tragically plays the tragic role in the brothers' tragic lives Both brothers decide to pursue medicine self taught Shiva is a gynecologist while Marion view spoilercompletes his surgical residency in the USA and meets his estranged father hide spoiler

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Cutting for StoneA sweeping emotionally riveting first novel an enthralling family saga of Africa and America doctors and patients exile and homeMarion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance bound together by. But it was only now near the end and far too late that the pieces suddenly dreadfully clicked into place Like a long Tetris piece slamming down making a whole block of mystery blink and vanish Only now did he realize what suddenly seemed so obvious everyone who had suggested this book to him – every single one – was a middle aged woman This book it was about the importance of familyA wave of cold horror washed over him It would take months of porn and comic books to counteract this book’s effect Months