Cutting for Stone

a novel

Paperback, 670 pages

English language

Published Jan. 4, 2010 by Vintage Books.

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3 stars (1 review)

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. --back cover

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Interesting story of how an African Indian ended up a very respected doctor in the US

3 stars

Written by a doctor, this book takes you to Addis Ababa in the early 60's and ends up there as well, not without a long stay in America.

The story certainly brings us out of the usual European or North Ameican settings. Very touching, although the story is claimed to be fictional, being written by a famous doctor, you cannot help but think that there might be quite a few autobiographic elements included. As many books written by technical experts, this one tends to lean heavely on sentimental lyricism but given the nature of the intrigue you easily forgive the author for it.


  • Physicians -- Fiction
  • Brothers -- Fiction
  • Fathers and sons -- Fiction
  • Ethiopia -- Fiction
  • Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction