What a great read! It was one of those titles that floated around media outlets and conversations a bit too much for my taste (usually the case, at least). When I read the back cover and discovered it was about doctors in Ethiopia, I was interested.
Mountains Beyond Mountains is one of my favorite books and anything written by Atul Gawande is terrific and to be read multiple times.
Cutting For Stone didn’t disappoint. I found myself particularly drawn to the political situation in Ethiopia (usually not my style). The whole twin-thing is always interesting, and both characters were fat and dynamic–something I relish.
I knew as I read that the ending would not be happy. No wrapping up of family history or past mistakes. But I couldn’t figure out exactly what would happen. That’s a satisfying situation–it’s coming, but what will it look like?
To change gears a bit, I borrowed Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw. I’ve just begun, but the ortolan scene was magnificent. Any foodie at heart will soak up all the sights, sounds, flavors and expressions around a table when something truly special is served. I think immediately to Big Night and the Timpano is served. Or in Julie & Julia when the beef bourguignon is finally cooked to perfection and served.
So good-bye Ethiopia, hello braised beef and cabernet!