In “House of Stone,” Anthony Shadid recounts the year he devoted to restoring his great-grandfather’s home in the southern Lebanese town of. Anthony Shadid. · Rating details · 2, ratings · reviews. “Evocative and beautifully written, House of Stone should be read by anyone who wishes . ‘House of Stone’ by Anthony Shadid is a profound and poignant tale of fractured lives and a broken region.

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I did learn a good bit about Lebanon’s history, and the country’s identity within complicated constructs of cultures and politics Christian, Muslim, Arab, Maronite, Druze, Levant The history, while informative, strayed a bit from the book being a personal memoir.

This is the first Anthony Shadid I’ve read and he came across as rather guarded. We have lost the splendors our ancestors created, and we go elsewhere.

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Shadid tells the story of his attempt to rebuild “his” family home in Lebanon. While Shadid had a continuous train of thought and a purpose to his book, I just houze not get into it.

Tezuka Osamu’s Dark Period. On the other side are Mount Hermon and its peaks, which serve as borders of Israel and Syria. He thanked his editor at the end of the book. A Conversation with Anthony Shadid.

‘House of Stone’ by Anthony Shadid

He lives in a ghost town that survives mainly in memory, but to him it is the world. I appreciated the importance of the restoration to him and the arc of the story, but it needed further editi This book is told in two concurrent parts: The memoir’s publication timing, combined with references he makes throughout to Marjayoun as a town where people come to be buried, lend a sense of eeriness given his untimely death last month. And through in large part centered around the house of is Great Grandfather as he tries to rebuild it.


Until Decemberhe served as the Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post. This was an outgrowth of the fall of the Ottoman Empire. With his hardcore vision of a rebuilt home, Shadid lets himself be thoroughly ca Given the poignancy of the author’s death earlier this year, I really wanted to like this book; and indeed it evokes the lost character of the Levant with tenderness and beauty. But Shadid — and his ambition to rebuild the family home — weren’t initially welcomed in Marjayoun.

Shadid could scarcely tolerate the ordinary roughness of the harvest. The results are entertaining, informative and deeply moving. Latin American Nonfiction by.

How long, though, can a house remain a home? When it comes to the Shadid and Samara families, the barrage of names can be defeating to Americans.

Chief among stoje, perhaps, are the portraits of the sharp-tongued craftsmen and decaying dreamers who linger in moribund Marjayoun: The awards are announced in April.

As we age, our hearts eventually turn to our fathers, and we try to understand those who went before, what they were like, how they faced life, what challenges they overcame, and we gauge whether we measure up to our ancestors. Which adds another, final layer of poignancy. As I read it I thought houes seemed like that was to replace his lack of building his own family and choosing his career.


I was worried this wouldn’t nathony a good book because some reviewed it as being too much about the details of his house building, which was boring to them. I am so glad I did.

He won a Pulitzer Prize twice, in and When the neighbors have moved away shacid the country where it stands is renamed? With his hardcore vision of a rebuilt home, Shadid lets himself be thoroughly carried away by a past he never knew personally, a past he can only imagine. Instead there seemed to be too much fretting over the writing.

Knowing that Shadid has passed away brought melancholy as I read. For Shadid was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and his posthumous memoir has been promoted on several TV shows and web sites. I found the history and current information fascinating as I really had only a superficial understanding of the historical events and little understanding of their impact on the people who lived there, people of such diverse hkuse, p As I read, I housse myself falling into the rhythm of this book–the stumbling attempt to rebuild an old house, the current state of Lebanon and surrounding countries, and the history of the Levant and how the open, multicultural area became a political firestorm.


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