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Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)

Cutting For Stone is one of the best books ever written. How do you summarize a story about conjoined twins, born in Ethiopia, to a nun (who dies) and a British surgeon (who runs away)? The boys are raised by two Indian doctors and have a relatively peaceful childhood, but when political troubles with neighboring Eritrea erupt, one twin is forced to escape to America.

The novel’s themes are strong, serious, and easily identified. To begin with, the plot is set up around the main premise that life is a contradiction of terms. And so, Verghese presents a nun who gives birth, doctors who don’t have verifiable credentials, and first-rate medical care in a third-world country juxtaposed to third-world conditions in America. Many of these ideas are harsh and unthinkable, but Verghese does a more than credible job laying them out.


This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (77 pages) for Abraham Verghese's novel Cutting for Stone includes:

• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Historical background
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Symbols
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions


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