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House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
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Mar 26, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

I'm giving this four stars because I have great admiration for the author. I cannot give it a fair assessment because I only made it through the first 50 pages or so. I wanted to push aside the clutter of so many words just as the war-torn land of which he writes is strewn with ruin and devastation.
The author is American born, of Lebanese descent. He was a foreign correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. HOUSE OF STONE is a memoir of his return to reclaim/rebuild the house built by his grandfather.

Anthony Shadid died on February 18th, 2012 of an acute asthma attack while attempting to leave Syria on horseback. He was 43.

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message 1: by Danika (new) - added it

Danika Why didn't you finish it? Was it hard to read?

Karima A bit. It gave a lot more detail than I was up for concerning negotiations with builders/neighbors. I might give it another go this summer when I have more time and patience.

Kenneth P. You shouldn't rate and review a book that you haven't read.

Karima Advice taken.

message 5: by Danika (new) - added it

Danika I disagree. A partial reading (providing you clearly say that you haven't finished the book) is still valid. Of course, it doesn't hold the same weight as a review of the entire book. Although it is nice to know why the reviewer DIDN'T finish the book.

Karima Thanks Nika. I guess I wasn't clear when I stated that I wanted to "push aside the clutter". I was referring to the book and the laborious detail the author was giving to building concerns.
I have often read reviews where the reviewer admits to abandoning the book and I find that input helpful.
My apologies for my lack of clarity. I appreciate your support!

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