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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Stores are indiscriminately destroyed. Credibility and Popularity in the Historical Mystery by. I loved the history lesson of the middle east.

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

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. Otherwise a house is simply a building. My blurb and I wrote it myself, and meant every word: As a journalist, however, Shadid – who died tragically of an apparent asthma attack last month in Syria – was never interested in the simple story.

Dead bodies, bombs, destroyed families and the little things found that have been left behind as a testam 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. This love of nuance and the ability to immerse himself in the task at hand distinguished Shadid’s reportage.

But House of Stone will stand a long time, for those fortunate enough to read it. This book was made more poignant by the fact of Shadid’s early death of asthma while walking through the desert behind a horse.

‘House of Stone’ by Anthony Shadid

I’m happy I read it and knowing that Shadid had passed away, passages where he describes looking forward to living in the rebuilt house with his children are truly touching.

I found the history and current information fascinating as I really had zhadid 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 reading this book. Which it is, and this man personally saw a lot of that in his reporting. It’s a shame he couldn’t have lived and wrote more.


Because Shadid is, at once, an outsider and an insider, he offers windows into Marjayoun that would be blocked to anyone else. I loved learning about his family and his background, I did not love that so much time was spent on his rebuilding of the house. It was hard to keep track and equally difficult to separate Shadid from Samara at times. A really good understanding of people. Apr 17, Marieke rated it really liked it Shelves: Shadid stands with wife Nada, son Malik and daughter Laila at his brother’s wedding last summer.

We avoid bloodshed over religion and politics only because we avoid discussing them, but we avoid them less and less and clash more and more. Sad to know that the author died in Syria this spring – covering that conflict.

Sort of “a year in Province” – only a year in Lebanon He had grip on the convoluted turmoil of people’s lives during war and past that. Anthony listens endlessly to friends who hold grudges, and continue their feuds. The complexity of the terrain is obvious from his description of the area. Too bad he didn’t live to write more.

The stones of Marjayoun bear scars and witness to the people of this place and their ongoing position as a point of crossfire between Europe and the Middle East; Muslim, Christian, and Jew; and families who have bickered for generations.

The book describes how, three generations after his family left Lebanon for Oklahoma City, Shadid was drawn back to his roots — and to rebuilding his connection to Lebanon in a most literal way. But Shadid’s voice is still with us — in the form of the memoir House of Stonepublished this week.

Shadid in his own way mirrored his great grandfather, as he tried to balance the great love of his wife and children, and the great connection to the middle east through journalism.

After the First World War when victorious European powers took control of the area, new borders were drawn, cutting off access to Syria and what is now Israel. Oct 30, Dave Cullen rated it it was amazing.

Chandrasekaran, a fellow journalist at the Washington Post who worked alongside Shadid in Baghdad covering the invasion of Iraq, recalls how intimately Shadid could speak with his subjects and, consequently, the extraordinary vividness of his reportage.


Watching the masons and craftsman who help restore this home Shadid learns the bravery to stay: He actually concentrates on making a visual picture of the place, the people, the culture through stories and encounters. We have lost the splendors our ancestors created, and we go elsewhere. The area that is zhadid Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire.

He was warm, anthlny, caring and had a bad temper and difficulty making choices. I guess I’m just nosy.

A lost place, drifting people,and a lost man. Regaining his lost possibilities through understanding where he came from, and what brought him to now. 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 story also tells of the grandfather who built the house as a anthohy to his own success and power, and of the fact that this grandfather sadly came to the understanding that his children had to leave not only the house but the country if they were to thrive.

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid: review – Telegraph

Gone is the power or punishment of your family name, the hard-earned reputations of forebears, no longer familiar to anyone, not in xhadid new place.

Reading this gives you a sense of living the aftermath shaeid years of living through a war torn place. Shadid’s family hailed from Marjayoun, what had a formerly been an important town. Now I want to read more about him and also the area. His untimely death has lead many to question his commitment to journalism in such a dangerous region of the world. One thing this book is not: First came the Egyptian pound, pegged to the British sterling, then the Syrian pound, fixed to the French franc.

Arnon Grunberg’s Literary Journalism by. In Biography and Memoir Reviews. Not to Boston or Stond he lives— or to Oklahoma City, where his Lebanese-American family had settled and where he was raised. Gone are the reasons lurking in the past that might excuse your mistakes.