Mini Book Review: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Starting with the birth of conjoined twin brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone, (who are separated at birth) it spans their coming of age in Ethiopia leading up to the revolution, their paths toward medicine, and their eventual estrangement over a childhood friend.

Marion and Shiva’s mother was an Indian nun who died giving birth to them, and their father was an English surgeon who disappeared at the time of their birth. They are raised by two brilliant doctors, and find themselves fascinated by the world of medicine, albeit in different areas.

This story is told in an unique way–on one hand it is told in a first person narrative, through Marion’s perspective, but on the other, it delves into his family’s past and story, conveyed through third person narratives. I really appreciated this aspect, and found it gave so much more depth and context to the storyline.

There are quite a few descriptions of medical procedures and surgeries, that may not be for everyone. I personally loved this aspect, as I’m aspiring to go into the health science field.

So far this is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year! It had so much depth, and even made me tear up a little, which I rarely do while reading. I loved the well developed relationships, as well as conflict between the characters. It showed the ups and downs in familiar and found family relationships. This truly is a gorgeously crafted masterpiece!

I’d definitely recommend this if you love beautifully written prose, family sagas, and can handle gory details.

This review is also posted on my Goodreads as well as my Bookstagram accounts.

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