Sunday, June 21, 2009

Not now.....maybe later

Cutting for Stone is just not my cup of tea. It received great reviews, but I found the book ponderous, over-written, and just not to my liking. I have too many books I want to read to spend anymore time. I've taken over two weeks trying to read this one, and gave it 150 pages, but I just couldn't get interested. The story is supposed to be a love story and I kept waiting for it. It is about twins boys born to an Indian nun and British doctor who worked in Ethopia. The nun dies in childbirth, the father leaves town, and two other doctors take up raising the children. One of the things I found disconcerting was the constant change of voice--at times we are hearing from Marion, the oldest twin, at other times, third person voices are telling the story from the point of view of the two doctors raising the boys. It's gory, lots of medical detail, and lots of interesting cultural information about an area of the world I knew little about. But it was just....too.....much of everything. I have put it aside, and will try later this year to finish it.


  1. I loved it, but I will admit it took awhile for both the author and the story to hit their stride. If you can ever go back to it, I think you will like the latter part a lot better!

  2. Thanks for the feedback...I think maybe this is a winter read...when it gets dark here at 4:00 pm and I can settle down in front of the fire, it might be better. I'm not giving up, but later.

  3. I bought this one but have not read it; maybe i'll hold off (not exactly a summer read).


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