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"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese

I really enjoyed this book. It has its weak moments but overall very riveting. A lot of the medical stuff went over my head, but I learned some things as well. I keep telling people things about this book, like "Did you know premature babies can 'forget' to breathe?" All the details about Ethiopia also brought the country to life right in front of my eyes.

I had guessed what happened to Sister Mary in Aden and how she ended up pregnant with the twins, so the big "secret" revealed at the end through her letter wasn't surprising. As usual people's relationships are what touches me the most, and in this case it's the bond between Ghosh, Hema and the twins, as well as the twins' own relationship. But I didn't really like the Marion-Shiva-Genet storyline. Marion seemed too naive in his blind love for Genet that I was sure it wouldn't end well.

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