Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese has rocketed up the Amazon Kindle bestseller list, currently ranked 18th out of the Top 100 paid Kindle titles.
According to Amazon, one passage from the book has grabbed the second-place spot on the Most Highlighted Passages of All Time list for Kindle books–only topped by Malcolm Gladwell. Our new Popular Passages feature uses Amazon’s Most Highlighted Books list to track the most underlined parts of bestselling books.
So far, 1,571 Kindle users have highlighted this passage from Cutting for Stone: “The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.”
1,286 Kindle users highlighted this bit of wisdom: “Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward.”
Finally, 748 users underlined this grim passage: “It is only when you stop and look to the rear that you see the corpse caught under your wheel.”