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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (P.S.) von [Lagnado, Lucette]
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*Starred Review* Lagnado's captivating account of her family's life in cosmopolitan Cairo and painful relocation to America centers on her beloved father. Dashing man-about-town Leon Lagnado, who kept to his carousing ways even after marrying a beautiful women 22 years his junior, was enraptured at the age of 55 by the author, his fourth child; affectionately called Loulou, she became her father's companion, even at temple services and the Nile Hilton bar. But the Suez war in 1956 and the Nasser regime's cultural holocaust began forcing Jews from their native Egypt. Leon's injury in a fall and Loulou's mysterious illness (first diagnosed as cat scratch fever, eventually found to be something far worse) delayed the Lagnados' departure until 1963, when they arrived in New York with $212, the maximum they were allowed to take out of Egypt; and Leon, once a prosperous, independent businessman and investor, was reduced to selling ties on the street. In Lagnado's accomplished hands, this personal account illuminates its places and times, providing indelible individual portraits and illustrating the difficulty of assimilation. An exceptional memoir. Leber, Michele
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“Beautifully written.... A great personalized telling of Egypt’s complicated history in the last half of the 20th century.” (Fareed Zakaria)

“Like André Aciman...she conjures a vanished world with elegiac ardor and uncommon grace.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

“[A] crushing, brilliant book…one final kiss from the Lagnados to their beloved city.” (New York Times Book Review)

“This memoir of an Egyptian Jewish family’s gradual ruin is told without melodrama by its youngest survivor.” (The New Yorker)

“The resilient dignity of Lucette’s family transcends the fiercest of obstacles.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“Lagnado gets to the heart of the modern exodus in a way only those who lived it can.” (Miami Sun Post)

“Captivating…illuminates its places and times, providing indelible individual portraits...An exceptional memoir.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Excellent new memoir… One could praise Ms. Lagnado’s book for many things.” (New York Sun)

“Full of emotion and longing, yet never sentimental, this lyrical memoir evokes a cosmopolitan Cairo.” (Jewish Woman)

“Lagnado spares nothing in the retelling…in this tender and captivating memoir.” (The Oregonian (Portland))

“It succeeds especially as a... heartfelt elegy to the long-lost Cairo community of her youth.” (Library Journal)

“Nostalgic but objectively tempered portrait of a family at the heart of social and cultural upheaval.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Beautifully written . . . rich with history and insight. Wonderful.” (Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE)

“A stunning achievement.” (Andre Aciman, author of OUT OF EGYPT and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)

“A subtle and eloquent description of fatherly love and a mesmerizing portrait of a man shattered by the immigration experience.” (Marianne Pearl, author of A MIGHTY HEART)

“Lagnado’s richly textured memoir is a loving tribute to a lost man and a lost culture.” (Reform Judaism)


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1857 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books; Auflage: Reprint (13. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000SCHBR0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Recommended for those curious about a bygone era, and the life and culture in a very different land 7. November 2015
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Excellent description of middle class class life in Cairo, Egypt, prior to, and after the revolution which ousted the King and replaced him with a Military Junta, that eventually turned on the middle class and especially the Jews. This is the story of a Jewish family, and especially the rather flamboyant father, who, while fervently religious, identifies as an Egyptian (speaking perfect Arabic), and has all the trappings of Egyptian middle class culture. Then the revolution occurs (1952). Not much changes until the Suez war with Israel (and England and France, 1956). The Jews of Egypt are forced to emigrate in droves (though never physically threatened). The book follows the family's heart wrenching departure, then their tribulations as they seek asylum in the US. Finally as they settle in New York, the book vividly describes the culture shock experienced by the older generation and the far easier adaptation of the teenagers. The author, who is the youngest child of this family, writes with sensitivity and an easy to read style.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 17. Januar 2017
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One of the best books I have ever read. Thoroughly enjoyable! Highly recommend it! It's a fascinating story of her Egyptian Jewish family's exodus from Egypt, and other Egyptian Jews, after Egypt ceased to be a British colony and gained its independence in 1952. The book is interesting on so many levels. Historically, it describes what Cairo was like in the 1940's and 50's, what it was like during World War 2, and briefly touches on why and how Hitler and Mussolini lost the battlefront of North Africa to the Allied forces. It also has thoughtful, keen observations on cultural distinctives of the East and the West, and through the story you get a picture of the cultural adjustments that immigrants from the East face and make when they move to the West. It also paints a picture of what it is like to be parent from the East, raising kids in the West, and what it's like to be a child in the West, growing up with parents who are immigrants from the East. My Egyptian friends will particularly like it, but also, like Fiddler on the Roof, the story has a broad appeal beyond its immediate context, and many can relate to it.
It is so eloquently written, that reading paragraph after paragraph, is like listening to a beautifully composed piece of music. If you love a good book you'll love this one!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Stalled out midway through 5. November 2015
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I found this book to be informative as I learned about a culture, the Levantine Jews, which I knew nothing about. It is biographical, following the lives of the Lagnado family from the 1950's to present as they regressed from a privileged life in Egypt to poverty as immigrants in America. The writing style got a bit stale midway through the book. The author's father was the primary focus and was idolized. The book would have been more interesting had the author focused on other family members as well.
5.0 von 5 Sternen The story of Immigrants 22. September 2015
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Important. Interesting. Well told. First we learn that the "man in the White Sharkskin suit" takes his Aleppo Syrian Jewish tradition to
cosmopolitan Cairo which he adopted as his dream town. Life there with his family is good. His ways of life are tolerated. Secondly we
learnt how hard it was to get to the United States, when after world War ll Jews were undesirable in Egypt. It was an almost year long, arduous and degrading process till he and his family received the immigration permits in Paris. Then: the Welcome in the NEW World was limited and short lived. Like the majority of immigrants with no help from already adapted families, the gentleman from Cairo sought refuge in a Jewish neighborhood where he could find the food he was used to, even the ground floor apartment and the temple needed according to his Aleppo Jewish version.Like many, he and his wife remained immigrants while his sons and worse his oldest daughter moved out. Lesson: only the second generations merge,
and like the youngest daughter, who told us this fascinating story of many, but, in this case ,highly individual story, succeed.She became an American. But going back to Cairo, where she wanted to revisit the dream city of her beloved father, she did not find it. It had changed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written ! 20. August 2016
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Such a well-written story. I learned a lot about the jewish culture in the early 1900s.

The descriptions of early Cairo were amazing. I felt like I was there. I've been to Cairo and could tell that at one time, it was a magical place.

Reading about their transition in to America was very interesting. Such a struggle for young people to embrace both worlds: the new while maintaining traditions of the old.

Delighted to have read this story.
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