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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
fantastic and very true and correct defination of the people over there .I come from that part of Lebanon and felt at home reading his book..I was so sad to read about his deathPublished 17 days ago by Nadia Khoury
I liked the story's subject matter and hoped to love the book. The writing feels like a draft rather than a final version. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rye Consumer
An excellent account of the modern History of Lebanon, and the suffering of its people, especially the Christians, many of whom had to immigrate not only to America, but to Canada,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob Thomas
Well written. He has Iinsight into that part of the world others do notPublished 3 months ago by william s. cohen
One of the best books I've ever read. This reporter was held hostage in Libya during a harrowing assignment for NTTimes, then died on the border of Syria. A huge loss to us all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Boat Person
one of the greatest journalists-writers ever. this book is a personal journey, Shadid goes back to his roots in Lebanon.Published 4 months ago by Esti Marpet
This is a well written book. I feel like I am right there with the author while he is restoring his grandfather's house. To be honest, I have not finished this book yet. Read morePublished 4 months ago by elizabeth Dolinoy
This author does a wonderful job of conveying the emotions that make resolution of the Israeli - Palestinian dispute so intractable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert M. Levy