This is great novel. Just fantastic storytelling. And it's a novel about surgeons who love their work by an author who shares and also loves their work. It almost made me want to be a surgeon (and that's a huge leap, believe me). The characters are fully fleshed out, and it's a monumental story, enjoyable to read.
Yeah, there are some things I could complain about. I don't think he figured out his female characters (the author? Marion as the main voice? I'm not sure). The plot at the end is a bit contrived.
But really, those things don't manage to ruin the book for me. It's the humanity of the story that sticks with me. The relationships between the characters, especially the male characters, are solid and rich. The settings, both in hospitals and in Ethiopia, are vivid. The language is not flowery and does not beg to be relished, preening itself, but it pulled me in effortlessly and told the story in a spell-binding way.
I'd really recommend this to anyone who loves to read. Its appeal is broad.