Lisa Says… Read This Book by Abraham Verghese

By Lisa Hamilton

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, is a marvelous novel. It does what all good books do, engrosses you from page one, telling a great story of love, abandonment, betrayal and redemption. Verghese is a physician and an accomplished author who writes with passion and intimacy. Cutting for Stone is moving and entertaining, truly enjoyable.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a British surgeon in a mission hospital in Ethiopia. Orphaned at birth, the twins are raised by two physicians at the hospital where their parents worked. They come of age during the social and political turmoil of Ethiopia and are eventually separated as each pursues their own medical specialties. Verghese includes vivid descriptions of several medical procedures throughout the book that may not be enjoyable for those with a weak stomach. The medical background is fascinating and is an added bonus to the novel, as the author displays his knowledge of human anatomy and human nature.

The title, Cutting for Stone, is a play on the surname of the characters and a line from the Hippocratic Oath, “I will not cut for stone.” This novel succeeds on many levels and definitely makes the cut for a great read for this year.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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