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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Workers do not show as promised, and Jean Abu’s reaction to Anthony’s pleading is “If this person doesn’t come, if that person doesn’t come, what am I supposed to do? Which it is, and this man personally saw a lot of that in his reporting. Shadid uncovers and tells their stories in intermittent italicized sections that puncture the rest of the book with loss and shhadid. Given stoone 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.

His quest evokes admiration for Shadid’s family, sorrow for the tragedies they stome, and thou 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 stnoe.

Gone is the power or punishment of your family name, the hard-earned reputations of forebears, no longer familiar to anyone, not in this new place. Profound, insightful, tragic and funny, his tale of fractured lives and a broken region extends to the universal problems of family, belonging, memory and loss. Latin American Nonfiction by.

We have lost the splendors our ancestors created, and we go elsewhere. I am glad that I read this, I did learn a bit about the culture and I have a sttone who is Lebanese that I look forward to discussing this book with.

‘House of Stone’ by Anthony Shadid

I want to read more to find out. As I read, I marveled at the wars and strife that pervade Shadid’s homeland, which stem from the intolerance people have for others’ beliefs.

This was an outgrowth of the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The story of his year, then, is rife with descriptions of his friends and the people who come to work on this house, and of their After a bad patch in his life, Anthony Shadid took a year off to rebuild his grandparents’ home in Syone.


I use quotes because Shadid’s only connection to the home is multiple generations ago: His untimely death has lead many to question his commitment to journalism in such a dangerous region of the world.

Preview — House of Stone by Anthony Shadid. While Shadid had a continuous train of thought and a purpose to his book, I just could not get into it. So much about this book to love. House of Stone is an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth, and the universal yearning for home. Then back to the house and its tiles and windows, which was to me very boring. Some of them remain proud.

In the United States we deplore such violence and intolerance, believing ourselves much more tolerant and open to others.

Nice teenagers are a special commodity. Shadid could scarcely tolerate the ordinary roughness of the harvest. His quest becomes to rebuild his great-great-grandfather’s home and along the way he teaches us about his family, and Lebanon, then and now.

He lives in a ghost town that survives mainly in memory, but to him it is the world. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. But Anthony would pick them up, one by one. You can miss this symbol.

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And as a reader, I learned much shadiv about the Middle East. Home, whether it be structure or familiar ground is, finally, the identity that does not fade.

Two long stories, made short: On the other side are Mount Hermon and its peaks, which serve as borders of Israel and Syria.

At least, these children can come to know their father through this book. Knowing this made all the parts of the book where he addresses his young daughter about his hopes for her and his reasons for rebuilding the house more important.

Sign up for more newsletters here. Lots of pages to chew on. To ask other readers questions about House of Stoneplease sign up. Monday 31 December After the Ottoman Empire, which was not a benign regime, fell at then end of the First World War, many Lebanese wanted to try self rule, but before long, they fell into sectarian violence based on religious affiliation that continues to this day.


Sectarianism and nationalism, the dangerous kinds, reared their heads in spectacles anrhony horror and cruelty.

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This promises to be a good book from the first page. I loved the humorous storyline of the small town experts working to rebuild his house. Here on Earth in the living realm, I found the predictions of the syrian conflict scattered about in the book quite unsettling. His reporting was without peer, however, and the consensus is that he gave Americans a view of the Arab world that they would not otherwise have had.

Solid, unprepossessing memoir written by someone with both intimate knowledge of and analytical rigor for the region. Otherwise a house is simply a building. The stories from his family’s emigration are beautiful and compelling and work great intermingled with the stories of the rebuilding of his ancestral house that are always funny and touching.

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid: review

The history, while informative, strayed a bit from the book being a personal memoir. 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 war torn and was in need of extensive repair.

I hope he felt more at peace after his remarriage and the birth of his second child, a son. Anthony Shadid is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent. Home March March Book Reviews. Watching the masons and craftsman who help restore this home Shadid learns the bravery to stay: 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 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 security and belonging that come with; the history of Leba Anthony Shadid has written about restoring his identity by means of restoring his great-grandfather’s stone house in a Lebanese viillage called Jedeidet Marjayoun.