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The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)



OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • 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, following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret.

Through this glorious story of land and family, spanning the years 1900 to 1977, more


736 pages

Average rating: 8.53




Community Reviews

Dec 06, 2023
9/10 stars
Brilliant book. Enthralling. Well written. Long. Captivating. Encompassing
Dec 01, 2023
9/10 stars
There are so many things I want to say about “The Covenant of Water,” but struggle with where to begin. So many emotions and thoughts pass through you during this epically long saga. Its expansiveness in scope and coverage of the human experience from one part of the globe to another is equal parts thrilling and daunting. It is similar to “100 Years of Solitude” in its coverage of family drama over generations but set in India. A true more
Nov 28, 2023
10/10 stars
I’m so sad to be finished with this book.
The writing, the story telling, the intricate lives and emotions, it’s all just so good. Verghese brings characters to life in a way that’s nearly unmatched. And tells their stories beautifully.

As a side note, I also thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the long acknowledgments section at the end (which I generally skip), which brought even more life to his novel.
Nov 11, 2023
8/10 stars
I gave this book an 8 because for a book club book, it was long at 700 plus pages abd very complex.. That being said, it was beautifully written. Dr Verghese is a masterful writer. You are transported and drawn into this family saga, full of love, tragedy, politics, faith and change. I highly recommend audible, the author reads the story in a captivating voice. Its definately worth the time to experience the book and story.
Oct 10, 2023
8/10 stars
This book is a beautiful and tragic story. I was hooked on the beautiful words from the beginning. With unexpected twist and turns, I cried many times. After 715 pages I didn't want it to be over.

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