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"Six pages into this book, I said to myself, if Anthony Shadid continues like this, this book will be a classic. And page by page, he did continue, and he wrote a honest-to-God, hands-down, undeniable and instant classic. This is a book about war, and terrible loss, and a troubled region, and his own tattered family history, yes, but it’s written with the kind of levity and candor and lyricism we associate with, say, Junot Diaz — and that makes the book, improbably, both a compulsive read and one you don’t want to end. I have no idea how Shadid pulled all this off while talking about the history of modern Lebanon, how he balanced ribald humor and great warmth with the sorrow woven into a story like this, but anyway, we should all be grateful that he did."
— Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun and What Is the What"Anthony Shadid’s beautifully rendered memoir is a rich account of a man’s gradual immersion into the world of the Middle East and the culture of the Levant, a kingdom almost unrecognizable today, where the rooms and hallways of his great-grandfather’s house tell stories that will linger with every reader for decades." — André Aciman, author of Out of Egypt "House of Stone is poignant, aching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny . . . Shadid's writing is so lyrical it's like hearing a song." — David Finkel, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Good Soldier "House of Stone is a haunting, beautifully realized piece of writing." — Nick Flynn, author of The Ticking Is the Bomb "What a beautiful introduction to a world that I knew so little about. House of Stone is engaging, poignant, and funny." — Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
"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 Márquez had explored nonfiction, Macondo would feel as real as Marjayoun."
— Dave Cullen, author of Columbine
"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
"Few books provide such a subtle, yet powerful insight into the tragedy of today’s Middle East."
— Amin Maalouf, author of Origins: A Memoir
"A riveting, soulful, and candid journey . . ."
— Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah
The prose is beautiful and the character are richly drawn and described.
The history of Shadid's family in Lebanon and Oklahoma is fascinating, the story of the house is beautiful and funny and heartbreaking.
All in all, though, this is a wonderful, intensely personal book by an immensely talented writer.
It is a wonderful family history and I am sure they will find it a treasure but I found it rather tedious. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gloria Young
So well written that I felt I knew Anthony and his "cast of characters" and as if I had lost a close friend when it was over. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M.A. in NC
House of Stone is good book. Anthony renovated his great grandfather's house in Lebanon and told his family story from His great grandfather to Anthony's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pamela Randol
Shaded chronicles his connection to Bayt Shadid with honesty and longing. The story, his story, to restore that connection will resonate with anyone who has longed for their... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zoe Hastings
As a Lebanese myself, I enjoyed learning about ancestors before they emigrating to the US, back in the 1800's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gwakeen
I loved this book, and therefore was terribly sad to know that Anthony Shadid had died. His writing has great depth, and is filled with wonderful detail. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia M, California
The author returns to his family's roots from long ago and shares his story about rebuilding his ancestor's home. Truly human and fascinating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T.P.