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Out of Egypt: A Memoir by André Aciman
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Out of Egypt: A Memoir (1994)

by André Aciman

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    Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both these are family memoirs with a light-hearted tone, although Out Of Egypt has a rather more sombre background setting.
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This is Andre Aciman's memoir of growing up Jewish in 1950's Alexandria, Egypt. An only child, he was showered with attention from a large and eccentric assortment of great aunts and uncles. The city of Alexandria shimmers, and is itself a character in the book. Aciman's family was expelled from Egypt in the early 1960's, and his bittersweet nostalgia for his Edenic childhood permeates the book. ( )
2 vote arubabookwoman | Jun 29, 2011 |
Memoirs, Alexandria, coming of age, Egyptian politics, extended Jewish family, upper class life, childhood, languages, eccentric uncles, deaf mother, feuding grandmothers ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312426550, Paperback)

This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose, André Aciman introduces us to the marvelous eccentrics who shaped his life--Uncle Vili, the strutting daredevil, soldier, salesman, and spy; the two grandmothers, the Princess and the Saint, who gossip in six languages; Aunt Flora, the German refugee who warns that Jews lose everything "at least twice in their lives." And through it all, we come to know a boy who, even as he longs for a wider world, does not want to be led, forever, out of Egypt.

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This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose, Andre; Aciman introduces us to the marvelous eccentrics who shaped his life--Uncle Vili, the strutting daredevil, soldier, salesman, and spy; the two grandmothers, the Princess and the Saint, who gossip in six languages; Aunt Flora, the German refugee who warns that Jews lose everything "at least twice in their lives." And through it all, we come to know a boy who, even as he longs for a wider world, does not want to be led, forever, out of Egypt.… (more)

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