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.

Author: Taugore Mezizahn
Country: Malaysia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Relationship
Published (Last): 24 February 2005
Pages: 93
PDF File Size: 8.66 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.47 Mb
ISBN: 643-8-67143-468-6
Downloads: 56237
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mazurisar

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

I’m also conflicted about this book as some parts of it greatly annoyed me as well. Oct 29, Marcy rated it it was amazing. I’m sorry, but while I wish the family and followers of Shadid well and will miss his contributions, I just couldn’t get behind House of Stone. In Biography and Memoir Reviews. The stories of Shadid’s ancestors weave through out the book. It’s the story of his grandmother, too, who lived in the house until her 90’s, a presence he feels in every stone and every tile.

Reading this gives you a sense of living the aftermath of years of living through a war torn place. Here on Earth in the living realm, I found the predictions of the syrian conflict scattered about in the book quite unsettling.

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

Shadid had only a year for the task, and the local workmen — like workmen everywhere, it seems — were not to be pinned down or hurried. What makes the story of regeneration so poignant, and what Shadid could not have known, of course, is that this book wtone published until shortly after his untimely death.

This promises to be a good book from the first page. Otherwise a house is simply a building. They worked hard, and became wealthy the old fashioned way. Jun 24, Mary Kooistra rated it liked it.

The story also tells of the grandfather who built the house as a testament to his own success and power, and of the fact that hose grandfather sadly came to the understanding that his children had to leave not only the house but the country if they were to thrive.


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: He threw himself into dangerous situations repeatedly, and had previously been shot, kidnapped and beaten in pursuit of the story.

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

Read an excerpt of House Of Stone. While similar-sounding to a Tom Wolfe—style sample of immersion journalism, House of Stone falls squarely in the realm of the memoir, with its author obsessing over details from the past that ultimately spin full-circle: Tezuka Osamu’s Dark Period.

Glances at the past where solace in tradition and myth prevailed only brings more shame over what the present is. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I thought of my daughter, soon to arrive, walking up the steps from which her great-grandmother had departed, waiting to hear Raeefa’s songs. This last aspect is something rarely written on, and almost never with such sensitivity.

I was not disappoin Disclaimer: He became a war correspondent and had covered three years of war in Iraq and Baghdad. More about himself directly. Like Cecil Hourani, a Manchester-born ex-political fixer in his 90s. He actually concentrates on making a visual picture of the place, the people, the culture through stories and encounters.

The work on the house is always delayed. Apr 25, Natalie rated it really sjadid it. It was an art. He was a nice guy as an 8th grader, and I was delighted to find that he lost none of that “nice guy” over his lifetime. He died last year of an asthma attack while reporting in Syria for the New York Times. The last chapter maybe anghony have been the next book. There are at least three intertwined tales; Bayt, meaning ‘home’ in Arabic, which refers not only to the physical, but also stoone the feelings of security and belonging that come with; the history of Lebanon; and the personal histories of the Samara and Shadid families in the Jedeidet Marjayoun abthony in America.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. So was famine, created by the British and French, who enforced a blockade of all Arab ports in the Mediterranean. Lose yourself in these pages, where empires linger, grandparents wander, and a battered Lebanon beckons us home. But Shadid’s voice is still with us — in the form of antgony memoir House of Stonepublished this week.

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. It’s a shame he couldn’t have lived and wrote more. Shadid was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and his posthumous memoir has been promoted on several TV shows and web sites.

Shortly after, his third book, House of Stone was published. I plan to read one of his other books Night Draws Near. The story never came to the reader in a straight line, but as a series of loops. Shadid tells the story of his attempt to rebuild “his” family home in Lebanon. Reading it sometimes made me feel inadequate as a writer.

I read early things about this book during the winter and already had my heart set on reading it. I was worried this wouldn’t be a good book because some reviewed it as being too much about the details of his house building, which was boring to them.

After the children have left?