narrative medicine

Cutting for Stone

I’m currently reading, or trying to read, Abraham Verghese’s novel Cutting for Stone.  This is the third time I’ve tried this book; I must be the only person with an Amazon account who is not a fan.

My issue, I think, is that none of the characters stands out.  They all speak with the same voice, and that voice is Verghese.  The writing itself is beautiful in places, especially the descriptions of Ethiopia, and the medical segments are the strongest.  It’s not a bad book, just not, in my opinion, a great one.

I’m writing a little more myself these days.  Mostly little things, but I’m trying to whip my novel into shape.  It’s remarkable how much cleaning happens when there’s a book to write.

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2 thoughts on “Cutting for Stone

  1. I liked it, but I have an allegiance to Verghese because I went to college in the town in My Own Country. It’s definitely long if you’re not enjoying it! One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that it’s OK NOT to finish a book you don’t love, even if everyone else loves it 😛

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