Verghese is of indian descent but was born and raised in ethiopia, went to medical school in india, and has lived and worked in. Finally, cutting for stone contains frankly lyrical passages. This is a masterly debut novel, visceral in its power, heartbreaking in its tenderness. Yet cutting for stone is all the better for vergheses encyclopaedic knowledge and affection for its content. Marion stone and shiva stone in cutting for stone shmoop. Join facebook to connect with marion stone and others you may know. It is impossible to fully explore the incredible depth of cutting for stone within a few paragraphs. In what may be a subconscious effort to emulate and impress their absent parent, both become skilled surgeons.
The book includes a deep description of both medical procedures and explores the human side of medical practices. At the time when there were born, there was a union that didnt bring any good, positive site. Marion and shiva stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful indian nun and a brash british surgeon. Did you scroll all this way to get facts about marion stone. Marion stone and shiva stone timeline in cutting for stone. For years now this wonderful book has been sitting on my unread books shelf. Marion and shiva stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful. The story is told by the protagonist, marion stone. Find books like cutting for stone from the worlds largest community of readers. Each character is so fully developed from start to finish that the reader becomes deeply involved with each and every one.
An epic novel which starts out in addis ababa and ends in new york, cutting for stone is one of those books that stays with you long after youre done. Phyllis in the ancient greek hippocratic oath for physicians there was a line about not cutting for stone gall stone, kidney stone, etc because of themore in the ancient greek hippocratic oath for physicians there was a line about not cutting for stone gall stone, kidney stone, etc because of the danger to the patient. After the delivery, stone rejects the babies and leaves ethiopia. The books climax unfortunately marks a further major misstep on vergheses part. Marion has been found in 17 states including pennsylvania, arizona, ohio, florida, virginia, and 12 others. A sweeping, emotionally riveting novel with over one million copies soldan enthralling family saga of africa and america, doctors and patients, exile and home. Masterfully written by abraham verghese, this is the story of identical, conjoined twins marion and shiva, born in ethiopia of a disgraced roman catholic nun from. Here is one that i starreda pensive discourse by protagonist marion stone on the common rituals of patients seeking succor at the missionary hospital of his youth. Cutting for stone abraham verghese curious cats read.
East of eden by john steinbeck and the kite runner by khaled hosseini. Cutting for stone derives from a littleknown stanza of the hippocratic oath that states, i will not cut for. Marion and shiva are conjoined twins seperated at birth. The content of the editors corner is the opinion of the author and does not represent the official position of the american society of hematology. Cutting for stone this story is talking about two brothers marion and shiva stone, they were twins. We take pride in specializing in custom carved stone art and would love to create a personalized stone for your home, business or even your bookshelf.
The story begins with an intense, anatomical description of the birth of marion and shiva, twin boys born to sister mary joseph praise and her lover, a brash english surgeon, dr. In the womb, they were joined by a small stalk at the head, but during a rather traumatic birth this. Goodreads members who liked cutting for stone also liked. The boys are born joined at the head and end their lives joined at the liver. While marion, shiva, ghosh, and hema are center stage, sister marie joseph praises story runs below the surface, simmering, reminding the reader of thomas stone constantly, until he reappears as if by magic in the last few pages of the novel. He tells a tale which crosses the generations, and traverses several continents. This study guide consists of approximately 42 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of cutting for stone. Reading guide for cutting for stone by abraham verghese. Cutting for stone is a gorgeous epic tale, suffused with unforgettable grace, humanity and compassion. Marion and shiva stone are born one dramatic afternoon in 1954 in addis ababa, the same day their mother a nun, sister mary joseph praise. The title cutting for stone is taken from the hippocratic oath, but may also reflect a double meaning. The novel opens with sister mary praise leaving india to travel to africa as a.
Almost all of the characters in cutting for stone are living in some sort of exile, selfimposed or forced, from their home countryhema and ghosh from india, marion from ethiopia, thomas from india and then ethiopia. To ask other readers questions about cutting for stone, please sign up. The story spans more than 50 years and is told in first person by marion stone, eldest of siamese twins, cut apart during their birth at a mission hospital in ethiopia. The biological father of the marion and his twin, shiva, is thomas stone, a famous surgeon. The removal of kidney or bladder stones by surgery. This is a long, ambitious novel, dickensian in its scope, detailing the not only the life of marion stone, but the struggling charity hospital in which he is raised, and. Cutting for stone is a novel written from the firstperson perspective of marion stone, one of the identical twins born of a secret affair between a beautiful indian nun and a british surgeon.
Thomas stone performs the operation along with one of marion s coleagues. Transporting the reader from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in india to a cargo ship bound for the yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in ethiopia to a hospital in the bronx, cutting for stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and. From his earliest memory, medicine has been both his vocation and the grounding force to his life. In the first surgical procedure at the newcastle infirmary in 1751, cutting for the stone produced a bladder stone from an edward lough, who later gave formal thanks. Should i write about it for the tropical bookshelf. Cutting for stone by abraham verghese free download. Orphaned by their mothers death and their fathers disappearance, bound together by a preternatural. What optimism and foresight lapidaries must have, to study an unexceptionallooking rock and know that sparkling beauty is hidden insideand then to find the best way to reveal its maximum potential, turning that rough gem into a treasure. Stone, who wants to remove the baby that is killing sister mary joseph praise. Cutting for stone follows twin brothers marion and shiva stone, born of a secret union between an indian nun and a brash british surgeon. Drawn to a life in medicine, marion narrates a childhood full of incident and atmosphere, culminating in his estrangement from shiva and his eventual escape from addis. Abraham verghese synopsis this is a fascinating family saga written by a professor of medicine whose indian heritage and ethiopian background permeate the book. Cutting for stone the phrase is from the hippocratic oath is about twins born joined at the head, in a mission hospital in addis ababa half a century ago.
Marion stone is the protagonist and narrator of the novel. A series of catastrophic events occur during their births, leading to their fathers abandonment and lifealtering changes to the staff of missing hospital. Vergheses skill at intertwining so many stories is awesome and prohibits simple description of the novel as a whole. So, yeah, marion and shiva are two separate peoplebut at the same time, theyre kind of not.
Gemstone faceting and stonecutting techniques have always fascinated me. A personal odyssey makes cutting for stone something of a bildungsroman, as many critics have noted. Orphaned by their mothers death in childbirth and their fathers disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and. Thomas stone performs the operation along with one of marions coleagues. Cutting for stone is a terrific read, if only as a reminder of the medical technology we take for granted, and to treat those outsiders however they are defined with more respect, and more care. They are orphaned at a young age and must learn to. Orphaned by their mothers death in childbirth and their fathers disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared. The newborn twins marion and shiva were as floppy as two wounded flounders. Cutting for stone s medical content increases as marion goes on to an internship in new york, and robs the novel of a little of its magic. Cutting for stones medical content increases as marion goes on to an internship in new york, and robs the novel of a little of its magic. Marion is the narrator of cutting for stone, and his voice carries the reader from well before his conception and birth through his life and trials.
Often weighty and perhaps a bit overdone, the book follows marion stone from birth to adulthood. Cutting for stone, however, is a much more serious literary endeavor. Cutting for stone kindle edition by verghese, abraham. Abraham vergeheses cutting for stone is an early contender for my best read of 2010. The boys are born, and it is discovered that they are conjoined twins, tethered together at the head. Id learned many things about suffering first that white was the uniform of suffering, and cotton its fabric. Marion and shiva stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful indian nun and a brash british surgeon at a mission hospital in addis ababa. Marion pulls shiva to safety from higher up in the birth canal. They become estranged over a girl, and eventually marion leaves for america and an internship in the bronx the final, most suspenseful section. Every piece of gem rough is different, with many different potential. Shiva and marion named for marion sims, the 19thcentury surgeon. The main character of cutting for stone, marion stone, is a doctor.
It begins with a gory birth scene which blossoms into the many medical descriptions verghese employs throughout the novel. Born in 1954 to an indian carmelite nun and a promising british surgeon in an ethiopian hospital, marion stone narrates the story of his life and the life of his. I realized what it was about cutting for stone that resonated with me so much. To read the first page of cutting for stone is to fall hopelessly under the spell of a masterful storyteller.
Cutting for stone 2009 is a novel written by ethiopianborn indianamerican medical doctor and author abraham verghese. It is a saga of twin brothers, orphaned by their mothers death at their births and forsaken by their father. Blood is thicker than water, and more copious, in this expansive novel. Half a century removed from his birth, marion is back at home and still conected to his twin brother.
This book examines the production, consumption and interpretation of photography across various heritage domains, from global image archives to the domestic arena of the family album. Cutting for stone 2009 is a novel written by ethiopianborn indianamerican medical doctor. We have 374 records for marion stone ranging in age from 59 years old to 169 years old. Cutting for stone is the complex story of the praise family, focusing on twin brothers marion and shiva as they negotiate the hidden histories of their past while working hard to make medical advances for the future. Set in a missionary hospital in addis ababa, the story reaches back in time to colonial india, and accelerates to.81 1621 1004 743 1075 688 1032 483 676 924 896 1239 546 746 1410 204 1145 807 12 1496 1620 1141 957 36 1057 843 1031 1188 814 459 172 1287 93 1406 367 204