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Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land

Children of the Stone The Power of Music in a Hard Land It is an unlikely story Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan a child from a Palestinian refugee camp confronts an occupying army gets an education masters an instrument dreams of something much bigger than hi

  • Title: Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land
  • Author: Sandy Tolan
  • ISBN: 9781608198139
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is an unlikely story Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp, confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then, through his charisma and persistence, inspires scores of others to work with him to make that dream real The dream a school to transform the lives of thousIt is an unlikely story Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp, confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then, through his charisma and persistence, inspires scores of others to work with him to make that dream real The dream a school to transform the lives of thousands of children as Ramzi s life was transformed through music.Musicians from all over the world came to help A violist left the London Symphony Orchestra, in part to work with Ramzi at his new school, Al Kamandjati An aspiring British opera singer moved to the West Bank to teach voice lessons Daniel Barenboim, the eminent Israeli conductor, invited Ramzi to join his West Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he founded with the late Palestinian intellectual, Edward Said Since then the two have played together frequently Ramzi has transformed not only his life, his destiny, but that of many other people, Barenboim said This is an extraordinary collection of children from all over Palestine that have all been inspired and opened to the beauty of life Children of the Stone chronicles Ramzi s journey from stone thrower to music student to school founder and shows how through his love of music he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war This is a story about the power of music, first, but also about freedom and conflict, determination and vision It s a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the prospects of musical collaboration across the Israeli Palestinian divide, and the potential of music to help children everywhere see new possibilities for their lives.

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    1. Anyone who read and appreciated The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East will certainly also appreciate Children of the Stone where Tolan follows the life of one of the stone-throwing children of one of the over crowded Palestinian refugee camps of the West Bank. Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan is one of these children, but he has a dream and also comes under the influence of many individuals who assist him in developing and furthering that dream. The dream--to use music to help [...]

    2. How wonderful to start the year with an incredible book, I am not entirely ready to write a review about this particular book, I feel overwhelmed and extremely grateful, but angry and frustrated at the same time I'll get back to this, until then, chokran Sandy Tolan, you did it again Officially one of the best who wrote about the Israeli Palestinian conflict xx thank you very much for your honesty, hard work and dedication.is book must be read by everyone who wishes to know the truth about the c [...]

    3. Sunday, July 12, update: Ramzi and Sandy Tolan gave an interview to Lynn Neary on Weekend Edition this morning. npr/2015/07/12/4217523May 2015, original comments: Very good. This is the story of children learning to play music in a war zone. Ramzi, as an eight-year-old Palestinian refugee, threw stones at Israeli soldiers. A photographer caught the 1988 incident, and Ramzi became famous. Seven years later, he picked up a viola, suggested for his large hands. Over time, Ramzi parlayed that fame i [...]

    4. I ended up being disappointed in this book. Initially it was good to humanize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and see more of the PLO's side, but the book was far more about politics than music. Since the music side of the story was why I truly wanted to read it, I quickly fatigued. When my library check out period expired, I had little reason to renew.

    5. This story wouldn't have to exist if Israel ended it's apartheid in Palestine. If the West stopped supporting Israeli slaughter of Palestinians.

    6. This book was both heartwarming and very sad. People who live as we do in the United States need to read books like this to understand what is happening to people just like us with needs and wants, and how many of them have such struggles. I am doing a whole batch of books together that I have read this year, I did not read them all today.

    7. Sandy Tolan, author my all-time favorite book about the Middle East, "The Lemon Tree, A Jew, A Palestinian, and the Heart of the Middle East," has written another excellent book about that troubled land and desperate people. It's not quite as compelling as "The Lemon Tree " perhaps because it so exhaustively researched that it suffers from too much detail. But this is a small quibble in comparison with what you will learn and come to appreciate from reading this book about one man's struggle to [...]

    8. Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan is a child of the occupation, born and raised in Al Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank. "Children of the Stone" chronicles Ramzi's journey from stone thrower to music student to school founder, and "shows how, through his love of music, he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war."In the Introduction, Tolan writes: "in 'Children of the Stone' I hope to show what it's like for ordinary Palestinians to live under a military o [...]

    9. This well-reported book tells the story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a Palestinian who threw stones at Israeli soldiers when he was a child, was introduced to music as a youth, studied music in France for seven years and returned home to start a music school.Ramzi continued to throw verbal stones, however. As I read this, I admired Ramzi but sometimes wondered if he could have accomplished more by being a little more conciliatory. But I haven't lived his life, and I'm in no position to judge.Alth [...]

    10. Having previously read Jimmy Carter's Peace not Apartheid, I was aware of the Palestinian plight.I thought that this story was well told.Trying to achieve peace through music is a noble goal.

    11. Eye-opening and inspirational account of a Palestinian refugee whose life and dreams are transformed by music. Incredible true story!

    12. What can I do for the world, and its problems and sufferings, as a classical musician? I've been reading many books in my quest. I just finished "Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land" by Sandy Tolan (amazon/Children-Stone). It is a nonfiction about a Palestinian violist, Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, and his mission to assert the Palestinian presence to the world with his music.Ramzi's photo as an eight-year-old throwing stones at an Israeli tank captured international attention. [...]

    13. When I was eight years old my grandmother bought me a piano and mom enrolled me in piano lessons. I used to think that if anyone where to break into the house with hostile intent, some monster from the movies, all I needed to do was sit and play music and it would calm and subdue the monster. Perhaps this is not true literally, but today research is showing that music education has therapeutic value, relieving stress, releasing emotions, improving mood and resolving conflicts. I knew that as a t [...]

    14. In the years since I first read Sandy Tolan's earlier book, "The Lemon Tree," I have recommended it to many people. In"The Lemon Tree," Tolan tells the stories of a Palestinian family and a Jewish Bulgarian family who survived the Holocaust, and the reader gets to hear both perspectives in a balanced way, which is why it's such a good resource for people who are beginning to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict.In "Children of the Stone" Tolan focuses on Ramzi,who grew up in a refugee camp [...]

    15. This book was wonderful! Tolan is an excellent and knowledgeable writer about Palestine and its troubled relationship with Israel. (His book, The Lemon Tree, is also one of my favorites.) Here, he combines his empathy and expertise about the desperate situation Palestinians find themselves in, with a surprising topic, the power of music to change lives. He follows one ofthe children of a Palestinian refugee camp, Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, as he first is photographed by an AP photographer as an ei [...]

    16. The story of Ramzi, a Palestinian boy who discovered music through a teacher, was offered an opportunity to study viola, and ended up creating a music conservatory for children in the Palestinian territories. The story weaves the recent history of Palestinians from the creation of Israel through the present with Ramzi's personal story of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers, getting opportunities to study music outside his home area while still being passionate about an independent country for his [...]

    17. I was afraid at first that this book would be too sad to read, because the world of the Palestinians is so bleak in so many ways - but it was enthralling. Tolan is evenhanded and fair as he discusses the differences in approach between the founder of Al Kamandjati and Daniel Barenboim's east-west orchestra, and his terse way of juxtaposing what happens to the Palestinians with the remarks made by US and Israeli politicians is devastating. I looked at AK's website and it's about a year out of dat [...]

    18. A sad, honest, hopeful and necessary book. The story of Razmi, the young violist who founded a music school for refugee children in Ramallah, is astonishing. Tolan also deals well (and, for the most part, accurately) with the political background. If this is, in some ways, a softer book than the outstanding "Goliath", it still leaves you wondering why innocent children should have to suffer this way. Thank heavens for music, and caring adults! They are not enough; what these children need is equ [...]

    19. This book is about the power of music and the impact it can have on children and youth living in the most difficult circumstances in Palestine. It is up close and personal in particular about the emotions, aspirations and achievements of the Ramzi Aburedwan, which as a child is exposed to classical music, gets good training in France and returns to the West Bank to start a music school. It was also interesting to get more insight into the backstory behind the East-West Divan orchestra and Edward [...]

    20. This was phenomenal. I read Tolan's other book The Lemon Tree and loved its balanced and moving portrayal of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This book was less balanced though the author admits that from the beginning but it was equally if not more moving and empowering. The full Palestinian side of the story is something that often does not get told as much as I think it should. This story, chronicling the power of music in transforming a population that otherwise live amid destruction, war, and vio [...]

    21. Unlike The Lemon Tree, this book is non-fiction and tells the story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan. Ramzi is a 10 year old Palestinian refugee and a shabab (stone thrower) of the intifada who was introduced to music and went on to create a series of music schools in the refugee camps of the West Bank and Lebanon. An accurate if heartrending portrait of the brutality of the occupation and of the steadfastness (sumud) of the Palestinians in their eternal hope for dignity, freedom and self determinatio [...]

    22. A powerful read with some personal connections for me. I'm related to Eric Culver who has been involved in the program and makes several appearances in the late parts of the book. It's hard to imagine the life that is normal for these young people. The incredible life and death choices they are compelled to make every day. Bring into that world the power of music and community, amazing. Highly recommended.

    23. Amazing book, incredible read. Note to self (and to anyone else who reads this) that I will likely preach on "Music as a Source of Healing" using this book as a source text sometime in 2016. Page 230, & page 254 (3rd paragraph) particularly noted. And this book inspired me to take up private violin lessons again, for the first time in 20 years!

    24. This book opened my eyes to the "power of music" in such dire circumstances. I will never understand the trials and political issues with the Israelis and the Palestinians but this book showed me things that I had no idea are happening.My heart aches for the children, but rejoices in the beauty of the music and how it changes their lives.

    25. This is a solid human interest piece set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is not as good as Tolan's previous effort, the Lemon Tree, but very good nonetheless. The writing is good and there is a bias skewed in favor of the Palestinians but only because the story is centered around the Palestinian experience.

    26. nonfiction researched intensively by a journalist. Greatly detailed. Story of Palestinian Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, who became renowned for throwing rock at an Israeli tank as a child in 1988. He learned to play violin and brought music back to his war-torn homeland. performancetoday.publicradio.o

    27. A thought provoking book that looks, at a very personal level, at a region many don't want to think about. It is a book of hope tempered by realism. There are no easy solutions here, just a handful of people finding enough beauty to keep them striving.

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