Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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
.{From Good Reads}

I loved this book. It is a long book but well worth the effort. Marion was my favorite character but I came to love all of the characters.

This book is written by an MD and shows the beauty of medicine, surgery and the human body . He relays this knowledge so well to the reader.
This books also takes us on a journey through Ethiopia's recent past and the feelings all immigrants must feel when coming to America.

I read a lot of books and this book is onein which you become invested in and with the characters. I will long remember Marion, Shiva, Sister Mary Joseph Praise , Ghosh, Hema , Genet,and Matron.

I feel this book will become a classic and I think anyone who loves a good novel,heartbreakingly real characters and places will love this book.This book shows how the accidents and twists and turns of life lead us in the end to the people we are with all our faults but still capable of love and being loved.

Here is a story found on the web that seems the demonstrate what the book above was saying.

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2″ in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous – yes.
The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar – effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, and your children – Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house, and your car.
The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.
“Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.
The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers.”


____Maggie said...

Sounds like a winner! Hey, a doctor and a nun hum?!? Don't see many loose and desirable nuns! ;D

Eva said...

I can't wait to get this from the library! :)

Connie said...

Just checking in to say hi and to let you know I appreciate your book reviews! It is my turn to choose a book for our book club and I always check your recommendations.