I started downloading books into my iPad Kindle soon after my hubby gave me one for my birthday in 2010. Of course, my purchase of actual books has whittled down to just about nil. Now we travel sans 12 pounds of books in our suitcase. And I don’t have to reluctantly leave behind much-savored reads when space and weight constraints demanded it. Happy me. Happy hubby, who has to do a lot of heavy luggage lifting.
I looked at some of the books I really enjoyed, not just for the actual story telling but also for the writing style. Lately, I noticed that for fiction, I really liked the stories that took me to places I have never been, and may never travel to for that matter.
I enjoyed Abraham Verghese‘s Cutting For Stone. What a splendid read! Not only was I transported to Ethiopia, a place the author obviously reveres, I was also treated to a walk down memory lane with the time-honored pearls in Physical Diagnosis that only an astute and clever clinician could ever provide, given the limited resources available in a third world environment. Such was the stage of medical technology in the story that begins in the late 40’s and allows us to follow our characters to the present day. I loved that he exposed me to the different cultures that came together as the story unfolded. It was truly a sweet adventure. It was one of those books I could not put down. What an ingenius way to marry terrific story telling with the art and science of Medicine.
I had read the book sometime in 2010 when it came out. But recently, I saw it sitting on someone’s treadmill while I visited the resort gym in Cabo San Lucas. And so, when I returned to our suite later that day, I could not help but leaf through the book again and savor the parts I enjoyed and highlighted.
Am I a book geek or what!
- Librarian Picks: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (hslnews.wordpress.com)
- Book Discussion: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (alleganylibrarycollections.wordpress.com)
- Morning Meanderings… BOOK CLUB TUESDAY!!! (bookjourney.wordpress.com)
- Neglecting the patient in the era of health IT and EMR (kevinmd.com)
- A doctor’s touch: Abraham Verghese on TED.com (ted.com)