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by Lucette Lagnado

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Title:The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (P.S.)
Authors:Lucette Lagnado
Info:Harper Perennial (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado (2007)

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A moving memoir written by a woman, born in the mid -1950's to a prosperous, Jewish family in Cairo. Forced to leave Egypt in the early 1960's, they moved to Paris and then New York. Though much diminished financially, they managed to re-connect culturally with other immigrants from the Levant. I knew little of the middle eastern Jewish communities, or their customs, or that they existed for many hundreds of years. The establishment of the State of Israel and consequent tensions ultimately resulted in most residents leaving the area. This story lovingly brings to life a time and place as told through through the eyes of a young girl, and by extension those of her father with whom she was extremely close. Her teen years were spent in New York where she bridged the old and new cultures. Ultimately she became a writer for the Wall Street Journal where she wrote a feature about her family for a Father's Day issue. Response was so strong that a publisher encouraged her to write this book. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Super engrossing and very poignant. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
12/07 An interesting family story set in the backdrop of a time and place that most of us probably don't think about often. Compelling read. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
12/07 An interesting family story set in the backdrop of a time and place that most of us probably don't think about often. Compelling read. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
12/07 An interesting family story set in the backdrop of a time and place that most of us probably don't think about often. Compelling read. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
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And the Children of Israel wept and said: "Who will feed us meat? We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free of charge, and the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. But now, our life is parched, and there is nothing. We have nothing to anticipate but manna."

-- Numbers 11:4-6
It was then that I stood up in the theater and shouted: "Don't do it. It's not too late to change your minds, both of you. Nothing good will come of it, only remorse, hatred, scandal, and two children whose characters are monstrous."
--Delmore Schwartz, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
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To my husband, Douglas Feiden,

and to the memory of Leon and Edith
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Edith was seated outdoors at La Parisiana, Cairo's most popular café, enjoying a café turque with her mother, when she noticed the man in white.
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ISBN: 8483650495 9788483650493
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006082218X, Paperback)

Lucette Lagnado's father, Leon, is a successful Egyptian businessman and boulevardier who, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit, makes deals and trades at Shepherd's Hotel and at the dark bar of the Nile Hilton. After the fall of King Farouk and the rise of the Nasser dictatorship, Leon loses everything and his family is forced to flee, abandoning a life once marked by beauty and luxury to plunge into hardship and poverty, as they take flight for any country that would have them.

A vivid, heartbreaking, and powerful inversion of the American dream, Lucette Lagnado's unforgettable memoir is a sweeping story of family, faith, tradition, tragedy, and triumph set against the stunning backdrop of Cairo, Paris, and New York.

Winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a "brilliant, crushing book" and the New Yorker as a memoir of ruin "told without melodrama by its youngest survivor," The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit recounts the exile of the author's Jewish Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father's heroic and tragic struggle to survive his "riches to rags" trajectory.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:29 -0400)

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Lagnado re-creates the cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business in his signature white sharkskin suit on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton. But with the fall of King Farouk, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape. With all of their belongings packed into 26 suitcases, their jewels and gold coins hidden in sealed tins of marmalade, Leon and his family depart for any land that will take them. The poverty and hardships they encounter in their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxtaposed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.--From publisher description.… (more)

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