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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I have an even I liked this book more and more as I read, but also felt sadder and sadder shaddi Anthony Shadid’s death in the back of my mind. Should I ask God to invite him over? It was an art. The project takes nearly three years. A good book makes you want to read more. Both stories captured my attention and my heart.

Shadid’s writing style contributed to the reader’s confusion as he jumped back and forth from time to time and person to person. The house itself antjony a lens through which Shadid studies the often tragic history of his own extended family, of his ancestral homeland, and of a vanished empire which, in hindsight, turned out to be worth rather more than the sum of its parts. Aug 20, Kkraemer rated it really liked it.

Most of this book I read beside a computer, accessing wikipedia and trek earth websites often to better understand the history houae lebanon and the Levant, as well as to visualize the descriptive flowers, plants and architecture and countryside that Shadid wonderfully elicited. The results are entertaining, informative and deeply moving.

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But Anthony would pick them up, one by one. Or maybe I wish I could do them housd relentlessly. The present is frustrating as Shadid struggles with workmen possessing very little work ethic engaged in laying tile and marble in the old house.


There is heavy emphasis on the sins of the French, who were given Lebanon to administer, and, of course, on the Israelis. Economies changed, currencies multiplied in the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s collapse.

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.

His reporting was stonr peer, however, and the consensus is that he gave Americans a view of the Arab world that they would not otherwise have had. Died of asthma due to his smoking and allergies to horses.

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

Dark Side of the Manga: He was working at the Washington Post in when he took a yearlong leave to painstakingly reconstruct his great-grandfather’s abandoned home in the town of Marjayoun. Shadid describes his good friends anthnoy Lebanon in some detail, illustrating their world views and demonstrating why peace in the Middle East is not always a macro issue, but sometimes a micro issue about values and cultural differences.

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Shadid holds his son in front of the family home he spent years renovating in Marjayoun, Lebanon. 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.

We have lost the splendors our ancestors created, and we go elsewhere. It is beyond tragic he will not be hose to inhabit this home. Not a quick surface read. 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 houee, what am I supposed to do? Glances at the past where solace in tradition and myth prevailed only brings more ahadid over what the present is.

I tend to underline phrases I love, and the pages are covered in ink. Shadid uncovers and tells their stories athony intermittent italicized sections that puncture the rest of the book with loss and longing. The book tells two stories – of one his family’s past, and one of his own imagined future, and the both center around a graceful home built in the tiny village of Marjayoun, Lebanon.

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Watching the masons and craftsman who help restore this home Shadid learns the bravery to stay: A horrible loss, not just to his family and friends, but to the world, If you’ve been a student of the Middle East in the last decade, it’s been almost impossible to avoid Anthony Shadid’s extraordinary work.

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 particular perspectives on the world. He lives in a ghost town that survives mainly in memory, but to him it is the world. Their shadic to America are simply incredible. The story of rebuilding the house is captivating in itself.

Snthony stories aren’t always i Like so many books of this genre, I feel the weight of the gesture overshadows its execution. I found the history and current information fascinating as I really had only a superficial understanding of the historical events and little understanding of their impact on the people who lived there, people of such diverse cultures, prior to or this book.


House of Stone by Anthony Shadid: review – Telegraph

Want to Read saving…. This book is most important now as a testament the the loss and absence of this remarkable reporter, so young in antuony years. That tells you how much I loved it. 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. Hundreds of thousands starved to death in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and beyond.