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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Shaxid 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. Mar 13, Hazel rated it liked it.
The prose is ripe, the biblical landscapes vividly rendered. He smoked too much and missed his family when he was working and his job when he was with family, always guilty that he was in the wrong place.
I think it might be to shallow to take this book as his memoir. The area that is now Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire. As a journalist, however, Shadid – who died tragically of an apparent asthma attack last month in Syria – was never interested in the simple story. Anthony Shadid was a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist; his grandmother crossed the Mexican border illegally after her uncle, with whom she was coming to America, was rejected at Ellis Island because of an eye infection.
The book gathers the tale of hkuse Shadid clan and their peripatetic journey, starting as Bedouin travelers in Yemen to Marjayoun, then part of Syria, and later to Oklahoma in the early part of the 20th century. Anthony was anhtony middle school classmate in Oklahoma.
A house does not become a home until a family moves in, eats and sleeps there, tells stories. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.
Not Their Masters’ Voice: A really good understanding of people. Which it is, and this man personally saw a lot of that in his reporting.
Solid, unprepossessing memoir written by someone with both intimate knowledge of and analytical rigor for the region. 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.
There were some satisfying friendships, a few good meals, and the pleasure of restoring what Shadid hoped would be a family sanctuary. For Shadid was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and his posthumous memoir has been promoted on several TV shows and web sites. While I really wanted to read this book when I saw that article about Shadid’s death in Syria from an asthma attack. Kf quest evokes admiration for Shadid’s family, sorrow for the tragedies they faced, and thou As we age, annthony 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 ancestors.
This book is most important now as a testament the the loss and absence of this remarkable reporter, so young in his years. Family battles here are freighted.
Tile after tile, stone after stone, pipes and paint, that was too much to go through. I enjoyed the story of his family more than the repetition and trials of the difficulties of renovation.
Shadid drives recklessly through the days and arrives at Marjayoun to find its downtown smoking. The book would have been more enjoyable if it had included some maps, a few photographs, and a glossary of Arab terms. 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 Bombs continued to go off in Beirut and tensions grew between the government and Hizbollah, between Israel and Iran, threatening a fresh war which might sweep away the project — perhaps even the entire Christian presence in south Lebanon, ancient but dwindling.
And that’s basically how he loses me: Mar 14, Beth rated it really liked it. He thanked his editor at the end of the book. Shadid helps us understand what we are becoming. So was famine, created by the British and French, who enforced a blockade of all Arab ports in the Mediterranean. What is left are scars and something else—shame, I suppose, shame for letting it all continue.
House of Stone is a wonderful read. 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.
The book is the story of these immigrants success in the United States to become doctors, lawyers, and a hoouse a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.