“We would have a cup of cocoa together.” • Normally I would have gone to an Et…

“We would have a cup of cocoa together.” 🧡

Normally I would have gone to an Ethiopian restaurant to take this book photo with delicious doro wot and injera as described in this book but these are not normal times and I have to be okay with that! This was a beautiful and epic story of twin brothers, born in Addis Ababa and whose parents are an Indian nun and a British surgeon. This book tackles so much and includes medicine that is clearly rooted in Stone’s medical background as well as Ethiopian history, politics and culture. But it never stops telling the story of Marion (and Shiva), the twins. I loved how Verghese pulled in aspects of his background (born of Indian parents in Addis Ababa) which made it feel so authentic and rich in description. My only issue with this book is that the pacing felt a bit off in the middle. It’s a big book, coming in at 540 pages and the beginning and end are so strong, I worry people might abandon this in the middle when it’s so worth getting to the end. I wasn’t surprised that the author mentioned John Irving in his acknowledgements and it gave me a little bit of joy that they know each other! I do suggest you read all the way through the acknowledgements as you can see how precise, intentional and detailed Verghese was in the writing of this book. Bravo! Another great read with my crew! And I’ve had this book for over a decade and 2 moves and finally got it read 🙌🏻 🧡



10 thoughts on ““We would have a cup of cocoa together.” • Normally I would have gone to an Et…”

  1. I very much agree with this! Lots of positives but I felt the same about the pacing. Thank you for reading along 💜

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