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Chronicle in Stone
Title : Chronicle in Stone
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ISBN : 1559708336
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 301 pages

Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming of age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inu Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming of age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city Through the boy s eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty as well as the simple pleasures of life Evacuating to the countryside, he expects to find an ideal world full of extraordinary things but discovers instead an archaic backwater where a severed arm becomes a talisman and deflowered girls mysteriously vanish Woven between the chapters of the boy s story are tantalizing fragments of the city s history As the devastation mounts, the fragments lose coherence, and we perceive firsthand how the violence of war destroys than just buildings and bridges


Chronicle in Stone Reviews

  • Chrissie

    REVISED REVIEW I was tired last nightI loved this book Why Well, what I loved most was the writing style I scarcely realized I was learning about the events occurring in Albania 1941 43 The book description here at GR is practically nonexistent so I will explain a bit Although fiction,this book is in fact about the author s own experiences during the Second World War, when he was a child growing up in Gjirokast r, Albania This is an ancient city near the Albanian Greek border In 19 REVISED REVIE [...]

  • Stephen Hayes

    Eleven years ago I was in Albania, and after being taken on a tour of the capital, Tirana, by a university student, Theofania, we sat down at a pavement cafe to rest and have something to drink Theofania said that a man at the next table was Ismail Kadare, one of Albania s most famous writers One of my recurring daydreams has been how nice it would be to sit at cafe tables having literary discussions, especially with famous authors Tirana is a small enough town that one can see people doing t El [...]

  • Adam

    I visited Gjirokaster in Albania in 1984 during the last year of the life of the country s dictator, Enver Hoxha This town is the setting for Chronicle in Stone first published by Ismail Kadar in Albanian in Tirana in 1971 It was also his birthplace in 1936 and that of Enver Hoxha in 1908 I can attest that the city is indeed, to quote Kadar s words, a stone carapace inhabited by human flesh I did not realise until I read the book how many times the city had been occupied during WW [...]

  • MV

    Another amazing story from Kadare The city of his birth is brought to life through a child s eyes during the various occupations and bombings that tormented the place during WWII The most poetic prose and imaginative imagery highlight the story and make it one of the best I have ever read The story overflows with beautiful, lovely, interesting characters and thoughts that could only come from a child s mind, so innocent and endearing that despite what is going on around him, he still knows wh An [...]

  • Ghanem Abdullah

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  • Bennet

    It was a strange city, and seemed to have been cast up in the valley one winter s night like some prehistoric creature that was now clawing its way up the mountainside Everything in the city was old and made of stoneIt was hard to believe that, under this powerful carapace, the tender flesh of life survived and reproduced At its heart, a barely adolescent boy is narrating his way through a neighborhood of friends and relations, while life as they have known it for generations is being upen It wa [...]

  • Terry Pearce

    I wanted to love this The ideas and the character were marbled with genius, particularly some of the anthropomorphism It made me think in moments of One Hundred Years of Solitude But the language often bored me It often lacked lyricism, and often seemed disjointed Maybe it s a thing with translation this specific one or translation from this language If the prose had sparkled, I could have fallen in love with this Very interesting, in any case, but harder work than it might have b I wanted to l [...]