CHUNKSTER CHALLENGE

Just lately I have become aware of the phenomenon of book challenges and I feel like the latest and greenest  bookslinger at the OK corral.

I don’t even know how to put the bullets in my Mr Linky. But it seems that there isn’t a glove in my face that I want to pass up. So I thought I might join the

Chunkster challenge

and I may as well get shot for a sharpshooter as a greenhorn so will try to become Mor- book-ly- Obese .

RULES: A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction)

Mor-book-ly Obese – This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to EIGHT or more Chunksters of which three tomes MUST be 750 pages or more. You know you want to…..go on and give in to your cravings.

 

The first book in my list is CUTTING FOR STONE  by Abraham Verghese  658pp

CUTTING FOR STONE a novel by Abraham Verghese

This is an engrossing saga which originates in the thin clear air of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the middle of the twentieth century. Two boys, identical twins are born amidst confusion, hysteria, pain, death, and miraculous circumstances. Even before drawing breath one is the savior and comfort of the other.

Ethiopia had been a Christian country that remained uncolonized by European forces until WWII when it was invaded by Mussolini. Their great Emperor Haile Selassie was descended from the Queen of Sheba and Solomon himself. At Missing Hospital where the boys Shiva and Marion are born a great medical service is provided to the community. There is an excellent internist, a skilled Ob-Gyn surgeon, and an extraordinary surgical team Sister Mary Praise and Dr. Thomas Stone. From this core cast of characters comes an amazing story that teaches and humbles.

The title of this book is taken from the Hippocratic Oath ” I shall not cut for stone…” meaning that a practitioner of the art of medicine will not do surgery unless he is qualified to to do.

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