lyndanoel, November 2, 2007 (view all comments by lyndanoel)
A well-researched history of a family and the intertwined relationship of the family to the big house that was their common summer home. The writing was excellent which made it very easy to relate to the characters, and I sometimes forgot I wasn't reading fiction.
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smarshall48, October 12, 2007 (view all comments by smarshall48)
well written, absorbing, but badly organized. Should start with present day, then go back to very beginning of old house. It's confusing now. Desperately needs chart of family names and generations (domake one and add to clarity while reading!) Next edition, how about some of those family photos referrred to tantalizingly but never shown? We need pix of house at various stages of its life, exterior and interior. Also a map or chart showing situation of house--now extremely murky. And a map showing place names on that part of Cape Cod. Frustrating without illustrations!
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The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
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George Howe Colt
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by The Economist,
"This book is full of uncertainty, wonder and surprise."
by The New Yorker,
"Colt's account, like the house that lies at its center, is full of surprises...contains more than seems humanly possible."
by Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post,
"The Big House brings engagingly and memorably to life the house and the people who inhabited it."
A compelling saga of redemption and renewal from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Shadid tells the story of rebuilding his family's ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife, and his eventual understanding of the emotions behind the turbulence in the Middle East.
“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 reporters 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-grandfathers 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 correspondents jostled spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came 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 houses renewal alongside his familys 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 home.
Faced with the sale of the century-old family summer house on Cape Cod where he had spent forty-two summers, George Howe Colt returned for one last stay with his wife and children. This poignant tribute to the eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, and dormers that watched over weddings, divorces, deaths, anniversaries, birthdays, breakdowns, and love affairs for five generations interweaves Colt's final visit with memories of a lifetime of summers.
Run-down yet romantic, The Big House stands not only as a cherished reminder of summer's ephemeral pleasures but also as a powerful symbol of a vanishing way of life.
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