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House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East Hardcover – 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Granta; 1St Edition edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847087353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847087355
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew D. Oram on August 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Shadid shows us a rich, three-dimensional view of his ancestors' town, exploring the fascinating characters he met there as well as his own ambivalent but powerful feelings for that long-neglected and abused area of Lebanon. His goals are quite audacious, though, linking the troubled lives he gets to know in the fading town of Majayoun (and the lives of his own family) with the waves of historical and sociological change that swept over the whole Middle East. Here he is less successful, because he does not attempt a rigorous historical analysis (nor would one want one, in this beautifully lyrical book) but it means that the reader is left with only vague impressions of the forces tearing the country apart. Nor does it become clear why Shadid was so determined to spend his assets and a critical year of his life on the quixotic project of rebuilding on the site of his great-grandfather's house. Nevertheless, the venture seems worth it all.
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This book reads as though Anthony Shadid, the author, is actually talking to you. Very informative on social issues in the Middle East and he has enormous empathy for his ancesters and friends of his village. Lots of gentle humour, great patience and understanding of the history of the region, I was extremely sad to read that an asthma attack had killed Anthony at such a young age.
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This is an extraordinary book, quite different than anything I've read about the region. This is a personal, intimate and familial history, told by a journalist who knows Oklahoma as well as Lebanon. Who speaks native American English, French and Arabic and travels back to a 'homeland' to reclaim and refurbish a family home in a Lebanese village filled with cousins. In a one year supposed 'sabbatical' from being a war correspondent, Anthony Shadid shares details of the culture and history, of the impact and nature of generational war, in a natural, humorous and exquisitely informed way. Highly recommended, on so many levels.
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By Kavi on February 10, 2013
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Lovely, lovely book. It was gripping and heart breaking, without being dreary. The characters were wonderfully vivid. I recommend it highly.
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