Verghese tells of twin brothers, Marion and Shiva, who are orphaned when their mom (an Indian nun) dies in childbirth and their father (a British surgeon named Stone) flees in grief. The once inseparable brothers sever ties when they become young men during Ethiopia’s rebellion. It’s a novel about siblings, rivalry, medicine, love, family, and healing. I found it an extremely hard book to get into – the initial pacing was all off and the descriptions were over-the-top elaborate. But the story and the writing finally find a groove, making the book readable and worthwhile overall.
Gwenamon says: Very good