Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Every once in awhile I read a book that literally sweeps me up and takes me away to another world. A book that I don't want to put down. That I wish would never end. That takes my breath away. That makes me feel something beyond my own experience. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS.
This is a book that I find difficult to describe adequately but I'm going to try. It's amazing. It's epic. It's ridiculously readable. It's one of the most beautifully written novels I've ever read. The characters come alive as you read. The places feel as if you are there, walking the same streets, seeing the same sights. I truly felt as if I'd been on a journey while reading this novel. The pacing of the story contributes to this. The beautiful writing makes it a story that you don't want to ever see end.
Looking back, I'm even more amazed at how Verghese made this novel come together so effortlessly. It's awe inspiring really. The scope of this story, the characters and their journeys are all so well done that I am amazed that he pulled it off. That it is ultimately so beautiful. That it is ultimately so impactful. I don't think I'll be able to let go of these characters for some time. In my mind, they've come alive and I feel compelled to think of them often.
I really cannot recommend this novel enough. It's interesting, it's well written, it's awe-inspiring and it's just breathtaking! Don't let its size make you hesitate, those pages will whirl by so quickly that you'll wish it were 500 pages longer!
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