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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Preview — House of Stone by Anthony Shadid.

Jun 24, Mary Kooistra rated it liked it. Mar 30, Emi Bevacqua rated it liked it Shelves: Instead I found it plodding and slow and you needed a chart to keep track of the cast of characters.

I have an even deeper appreciation now for the immigrant experience here. Anthony Shadid is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent. Because he is both a deeply reflective man and an excellent writer, he offers insights unequaled by anything else I’ve read.

Economies changed, currencies multiplied in the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s collapse. In February of this year Anthony Shadid died while trying to escape from Syria in a horse-drawn column of refugees. He became a war correspondent and had covered three years of war in Iraq and Baghdad.

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

The loss of Anthony’s voice from the world of journalism and prose is an immeasurable loss, so I hope you’ll also take time to savor the story. And they would often come up to him and tell him, ‘We wish others would do the same. Otherwise a house is simply a building. Jan 07, Lisa rated it really liked it. I was worried this wouldn’t be a good book stons some reviewed it as being too much about the details of his house building, which was boring to them. But I anthoy to know what happened to his ex-wife the doctor, and how his daughter Laila gets along with his shadif wife and their son, I want to know that everybody is okay since Anthony Shadid died leaving Syria of an asthma attackprompting the early release of this book.


Khairallah is teaching him how to care for bonsai now, somewhere in an alternate dimension.

Like Cecil Hourani, a Manchester-born ex-political fixer in his 90s. Home, whether it be structure or familiar ground is, finally, the identity that does not fade. His great-grandfather’s story rivals his own. This is what we imagine. The imagined past is bittersweet.

Died of asthma due to his smoking and allergies to horses. I loved learning about his family history as he made his ancestors come alive. I did learn a good bit about Lebanon’s history, and the country’s identity within complicated constructs of houe and politics Christian, Muslim, Arab, Maronite, Druze, Levant He threw himself into dangerous situations repeatedly, and had previously been sshadid, kidnapped and beaten in ahadid of the story. Latin American Nonfiction by.

However, because although he speaks Arabic, he is not at home in the land of his grandfathers, so his problems are much more difficult than running off to Home Depot or using the Yellow Pages.

Luckily for those most dear to him, he finished this book, House of Stone, before he died.

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

Fighters allied with – or claiming to be allied with – Hezbollah had retreated there. I loved the history lesson of the middle east. The danger of shadjd is present through out the span of time discussed in the book. Anthony masterfully intertwines his own family history in now-Lebanon and Oklahoma with the rebuilding of his grandfather’s house.

There are at least three intertwined tales; Bayt, meaning ‘home’ in Arabic, which refers not only to the physical, but also to the feelings of ston and belonging that come with; the history of Lebanon; and the personal histories of the Samara and Shadid families in the Jedeidet Marjayoun and in America.


Shadid stands with wife Nada, son Malik and daughter Laila at his brother’s wedding last uouse. Making it the symbol of his looking back into his family and the countries past history. But Shadid — and his ambition to rebuild the family home — weren’t initially welcomed in Marjayoun.

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

He lives in a ghost town that survives mainly in memory, but to him it is the world. I was not disappoin Disclaimer: I thought that was quite interesting. We see glimpses of a Levant that has long expired, an lamentations anthoby that lost world. Israel faces its own traumas from its terribly misguided intervention in the Lebanese mess and has much to answer for, but Shadid keeps coming back to Palestine this and Palestine that again and again.

I tend to underline phrases I love, and the pages are covered in ink.

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Hardcoverpages. His argument here is that the drawing of borders took away the life his great-grandfather and others enjoyed for hundreds of years, separating them from old ways and old friends.

Dead bodies, bombs, destroyed families and the little things found that have been left behind as a testam A reporter, a man whose family had moved to the states from Lebanon, a man who had seen many wars and been many places and a man who returns to Lebanon, to the village of his forebears and decides to repair the family home that had been neglected and hhouse torn and anthonu in need of extensive repair.