A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel-an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. 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. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and ...
A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel-an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. 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. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth 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. Yet it will be love, not politics-their passion for the same woman-that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him-nearly destroying him-Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.
Interesting characters, especially Gosh. Way to technical and medical for my reading taste.
My opinion, a better read if about half the pages. Became redundant and the story not that believable.
Author is definitely a brilliant writer!
Jan 16, 2014
A story of the life of a Physician.
A boyhood spent in a mission hospital in Addis Abba and his early career as a doctor in the U.S.
This is a really good read.
The times in the mission hospital are well described and interspersed with clinical histories.
Life as a junior physician (intern) in the poorer end of New York and the characters he works with are well defined .
The writing is excellent. I enjoyed this book!
May 30, 2013
Superb writing. Gripping reading especially for those with some medical background since the author often uses medical terminology.
Dec 15, 2011
This is a very well written, educatonal and interesting novel. Excellent character development. One the best novels I've read in years.
My only negative has nothing to do with the book itself, but with it's condition discription by the seller. Every paragraph is marked with an X in pencil, and ocassional comments. The discription indicated the book was in excellent condition with no mention of the markings.
Dec 8, 2011
Didn't care for this long drawn out story. Could have been told in half the pages. Had to read first half of book before the story got somewhat interesting. Took everything I had not to toss it aside before finishing.
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