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EPUB Î MOBI House of Stone î 9780547134666 ✓ [Read] ➪ House of Stone By Anthony Shadid – Horticulturetrader.co.uk “Evocative and beautifully written House of Stone should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East” — Kai Bird Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and a“Evocative and beautifully written House of Stone should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East” Kai Bird Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author of Crossing Mandelbaum Gate “In rebuilding his family home in southern Lebanon Shadid commits an extraordinarily generous act of restoration for his wounded land and for us all” Annia Ciezadlo author of Day of Honey In spring 2011 Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporter So much about this book to loveIt's only the third book I've ever agreed to blurb That tells you how much I loved itMy blurb and I wrote it myself and meant every word“I was captivated instantly by Anthony Shadid’s lushly evocative prose Crumbling Ottoman outposts doomed pashas and roving bandits feel immediate familiar and relevant Lose yourself in these pages where empires linger grandparents wander and a battered Lebanon beckons us home Savor it all If Máruez had explored nonfiction Macondo would feel as real as Marjayoun”Reading it sometimes made me feel inadeuate as a writer I wish I could do some of the amazing things he does Or maybe I wish I could do them so relentlessly I tend to underline phrases I love and the pages are covered in ink Every other sentence leaps out at me Hard to believeReading it sometimes made me feel inadeuate as a writer I wish I could do some of the amazing things he does Or maybe I wish I could do them so relentlessly I tend to underline phrases I love and the pages are covered in ink Every other sentence leaps out at me Hard to believe anyone can be that consistent Faulkner Nabokov Denis Johnson and William Lychak are the only ones who have matched Anthony's underline rate for meUpdate Feb 2013A year later I still think about this book and the impact it had on me Beautiful

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S captured in Libya cuffed and beaten as that country was seized by revolution When he was freed he went home Not to Boston or Beirut where he lives or to Oklahoma City where his Lebanese American family had settled and where he was raised Instead he returned to his great grandfather’s estate a house that over three years earlier Shadid had begun to rebuild House of Stone is the story of a battle scarred home and a war correspondent’s jostled spirit and of how reconstructing the one c “Empires fall Nations topple Boarders may shift or be realigned Old loyalties may dissolve or without warning be altered Home whether it be structure or familiar ground is finally the identity that does not fade”With such a profound introduction the story begins His poetic words and sincere emotions captivated my attention in the beginning especially when describing how home “bayt” is perceived here in the Middle East I uote “A house was a display of pride and in time it would become a refuge and finally a memory”However in following chapters detailed description of the renovation made me struggle to go on Tile after tile stone after stone pipes and paint that was too much to go throughAs chapters followed it was like a rollercoaster ride I was very involved once he starts talking about the immigration of his ancestors to the states which reminded me of an Arabic novel called “America” that also described in length the Lebanese immigration and life in the states Then back to the house and its tiles and windows which was to me very boringI really wanted to know about him Anthony the man who was absent in this story so was his experiences in war zone areas like Ira and the west bank or interesting the time he was held captive in Libya I was so sorry to know that he actually died before enjoying his Bayt home However his ashes were spread between the olive trees he planted covered with his favorite tiles As if he renovated the house for that reason In the end he found his way back home

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House of StoneAme to fortify the other In this poignant and resonant memoir the author of the award winning Night Draws Near creates a mosaic of past and present tracing the house’s renewal alongside his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America In the process Shadid memorializes a lost world documents the shifting Middle East and provides profound insights into this volatile landscape House of Stone is an unforgettable meditation on war exile rebirth and the universal yearning for ho Generally I avoid memoirs but since this book was up for the National Book Award I decided to read it I am so glad I didShadid combines the story of rebuilding his families' hundred year old home in Lebanon which had been hit by a rocket with his own story and that of his extended family The story of rebuilding the house is captivating in itself Anyone who has ever built a home or taken on a renovation project can relate to all the difficulities that Shadid experiences with finding and affording appropriate materials and reliable and skilled workmen However because although he speaks Arabic he is not at home in the land of his grandfathers so his problems are much difficult than running off to Home Depot or using the Yellow Pages He also brings to life many of the people he meets in the town of Marjhoun Abu Jean the general contractor who oldirrascible very much in charge but in the end reliable Dr Khairalla the intellectual who is a skilled gardenerand maker of stringed instruments The stories of Shadid's ancestors weave through out the book The danger of war is present through out the span of time discussed in the book Readers watch the past flow by as Shadid's grandparents send their children away to safety and opportunity in the United States The book is the story of these immigrants success in the United States to become doctors lawyers and a grandson a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Almost finished with the book I became curious about what Shadid was doing now so I googled him only to find that he died in February 2012 at the age of 43 from an asthema attack Knowing this made all the parts of the book where he addresses his young daughter about his hopes for her and his reasons for rebuilding the house important I learned that he remarried and had an infant son at the time of his death At least these children can come to know their father through this book I was sadden to learn that we as readers had lost this talented writer with a sense of what is important in life I plan to read one of his other books Night Draws Near House of Stone is a wonderful read