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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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This is what we imagine.

Chief among them, perhaps, are the portraits of the sharp-tongued craftsmen and decaying dreamers who linger in moribund Marjayoun: I appreciated the importance of the restoration to him and the arc of the story, but it needed further editing. Houde was not disappointed.

Feb 16, Kelly rated it did not like it. After its builder has died? I may have learned more Oklahoma history from House of Stone than I did in a whole semester during 8th grade. And they would often come up to him and tell him, ‘We wish others would do the same.

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid: review

A really good understanding of people. Built by Shadid’s maternal great-grandfather and long abandoned, the house becomes an avenue by which Shadid explores the intertwining issues of family, identity, religion, and hope.

I read it with a heavy heart and a sense of loss and longing that, if it hadn’t been summer vacation and my own life been so swell, certainly would have moved me to tears.


I was not disappoin Disclaimer: Heard on Morning Edition. Also I fear that he is incredibly biased in his treatment of Israel and I did not feel that this information was complete. I think it might be to shallow to take this book as his memoir.

A powerful and elegiac work. Shadid is achingly unaware that life is available only in the present moment, and indeed frequently expresses guilt over recurring absences from his young daughter.

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

It’s also not an action packed narrative, or full of the violent tension that you might expect from a war reporter like Shadid. I was too busy with family life during his reporting years to pay attention.

I don’t agree with many many things that Israel does. I use quotes because Shadid’s only connection to the dhadid is multiple generations ago: The imagined past is bittersw Anthony Shadid returned to his ancestral home in a Lebanese village, finding it in ruins as the result of war and neglect.

Isber’s homeland “was, in essence, an amalgamation of diversities where many mingled, a realm of intersections, a crossroads of language, culture, religions, and traditions. However, in following chapters, detailed description of the renovation made me struggle to go on.

For a writer who documented brutality, who sbadid attacks and death threats, gentleness — in even the smallest things — became of vital importance. So it’s not directly about him, but afterward you realize the book is entirely about how he shacid who he was.


The Lebanese call them “stone without people,” a term Shadid used himself.

Unfortunately, Anthony Shadid died in Syria inshortly after the book was published. Shadid had another, starker motive for his new project: A house does not become a home until a family moves in, eats and sleeps there, tells stories.

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. Shadid uncovers and tells their stories in intermittent italicized sections that puncture the rest of the book with loss and longing.

His untimely death has lead many to question his commitment to journalism in such a dangerous region of the world. I can honestly only think of one book that I have had such a hard time reading that I did not finish, and it was by a religious zealot that was trying to preach through a series of disjointed stories.

Anthony Shadid, Finding Peace In A ‘House Of Stone’ : NPR

Sad to know that the author died in Syria this spring – covering that conflict. He lives in a ghost town that survives mainly in memory, but anthkny him it is the world. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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