Cutting For Stone Paperback – 26 Dec 2009
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An intelligent and gripping story which will remain with you long after the final page has been turned - striking in its orginality and one which I will hope capture the imagination of a lot of readers.
I've always been the type of reader who loves when an author takes me somewhere I've never been before and, while there, teaches me things I've never known. When they're able to do this teaching without preaching, it's an extra added bonus. I've never been to Ethiopia and I know I'll never go there. When I think of Ethiopia, I have visions of a totally undeveloped country. While I'm sure these visions are partially true, Verghese really opened my eyes to another part of the world in a country where medical teams still strive for perfection without the kind of money that easily flows into many of the hospitals of which we're familiar. Verghese's Ethiopia is filled with people who love their country and their food and their smells and their customs.Read more ›
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What a book! I read a lot of books and can say that this is the best book I've read in years. Its beautiful and interesting on lots of levels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJ
Amazing book. Completely swept me away. Lovely to see another side of Ethiopia. Beautifully written.Published 2 months ago by ratfink
Heads off on tangents. Unnecessary gory medical bits. Needs a good editor. I gave up a third of the way in. Members of my book club who finished it said it did not change.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a huge, sweeping novel, following a family though 3 generations from 1940s India, through Ethiopia, to 1980s America. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michelle Thompson
A "big" book with "big themes". Really unlike anything I've read but the richness of the characters, the story and the environment shone through beautifully.Published 5 months ago by PG Tips