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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Making it the symbol of his looking back into his family and the countries past history. Lots of pages to chew on. Oct 29, Marcy rated it it was amazing.

Both stories captured my attention and my heart. Nov 13, Michele Weiner rated it really liked it. He became a war correspondent and had covered three years of war in Iraq and Baghdad.

Xtone 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.

Nov 28, Mary rated it it was amazing. When it comes to the Shadid and Samara families, the barrage of names can be defeating to Americans. Every other sentence leaps out at me. Jan 26, Jennifer Swapp rated it really liked it. Houuse of Stone tells of the year he spent restoring a family home in Lebanon.

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We have lost the splendors our ancestors created, and we go housee. I thought it would be more about Anthony Shadid, the man. I may have gouse more Oklahoma history from House of Stone than I did in a whole semester during 8th grade.

He remarried, had another child, went back to reporting. Chief among them, perhaps, are the portraits of the sharp-tongued craftsmen and decaying dreamers who linger in moribund Marjayoun: The complexity of the terrain is obvious from his description of the area.


War ends the values and traditions that produce such treasures. I believe that the craftsman, the artist, the cook, and the silversmith are peacemakers. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.

Aug 14, David rated it it was ok. Another journalist may have stuck to this tidy story: Crumbling Ottoman outposts, doomed pashas, and roving bandits feel immediate, familiar, and relevant.

Get The Weekender in your inbox:. I loved the humorous storyline of the small town experts working to rebuild his house.

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid: review

Mar 30, Emi Bevacqua rated it liked it Shelves: Accessibility links Skip to if content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Hundreds of thousands starved to death in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and beyond. His wife, “obsessed with the lethal aspects” of Anthony’s career, divorced him. While Shadid had a continuous train of thought and a purpose to his book, I just could not get into it.

A chronic asthmatic, the Oklahoma-born Shadid was particularly allergic to horses. He spent a year restoring the home to its former glory and reminiscing about the history of his family and of the Middle East.

Reading it sometimes made me feel inadequate as a writer. As I read, I found 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 sadid open, multicultural area became a political firestorm.

They are what he has to prove his life is antthony on.

Gone is the power or punishment of your family name, the hard-earned reputations of forebears, no longer familiar to anyone, ov in this new place. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Home March March Book Reviews. Heard on Morning Edition. Readers watch the past flow by as Shadid’s grandparents send their children away to safety and opportunity in the United States. A Conversation with Anthony Shadid. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.


It was hard to keep track and equally difficult to separate Shadid from Samara at times. He would have a pile of the perfect olives, a pile of the less perfect olives. There is introspection involved. I think it might be to shallow to take this book as his memoir.

Old loyalties may dissolve stoone, without warning, be altered.

Lebanon is one of the few places on Earth, outside of the Sunday supplements, where ordinary people really do brine their own olives and stuff grape leaves for snacks. The stones are deep hkuse beautiful, if a bit irregular I hope he felt more at peace housw his remarriage and the birth of his second child, a son. I learned that he remarried and had an infant son at the time of his death. Which it is, and this man personally saw a lot of that in houwe reporting.

Anthony Shadid’s family history as shaped by the Levant and the emigration to America, and his restoration of his family’s home in Lebanon, also in the context of the disappearance of the Levant and the rise of the troubles of the Middle East. The book would have been more enjoyable if it shwdid included some maps, a few photographs, and a glossary of Arab terms. Instead, it’s equal parts love song and lament. Shadid’s writing style contributed to the reader’s confusion as he jumped back and forth from time to time and person to person.