Book Review: The Covenant of Water

The Covenant of Water
Published: 2023
From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, and following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and…

I found “The Covenant of Water” a bit of a slog due to its pacing, yet the prose is undeniably exquisite, offering a rich tapestry of language if one has the patience to wade through. For those short on time, the narrative gains momentum by skimming the middle sections and focusing on the latter parts. Characters like Digby are intriguingly flawed yet endearing, adding depth to the story. Despite its length, gems of insight and beautifully crafted passages reward persistent readers.

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