[BOOKS] ✭ The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World By Lucette Lagnado – Saudionline.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

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    In The Man in the Sharkskin Suit, Lucette Lagnado regales us about Jewish life in Cairo prior to the Suez revolution This is a tale of her well to do parents who were as much a part of Egypt as the pyramids themselves Cairo through her lens appears to rival the glamour of Paris and New York, and it is evident in the books first sentences why no one would want to leave With this prose I was captivated by Lagnado s parents story immediately I felt sympathy to her parents reluctance to leave Egypt and their difficulties assimilating in New York Much has been written about Ashkenazic Jews immigration to the United States and how with each generation traditions fall by the wayside Less has been revealed about the Sephardic immigration and subsequent assimilation into American society a good fifty years later Not only was I privileged to read magnificent prose, I also got to experience life of my Sephardic brethren that I don t know much about Added bonus is that the food sounds amazing The 2007 Rohr Jewish book of the year award winner I would easily recommend Sharkskin Suit to anyone looking for a passionate yet easy read I am looking forward to reading Lagnado s second installment, The Arrogant Years A Childhood in Cairo and New York.


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    Next time someone tells you about the terrible struggle of the Palestinians, remind him that the Jews of Syria and Egypt, communities whose existence predated Islam, were robbed and exiled by corrupt Arab nationalist tyrants This is the story of one family Fifty years later, are the descendents of the exiled patriarch hunkered down in a refugee camp, living on handouts and plotting bloody revenge Nope This book is personal, not political, and deeply affecting in the writer s treatment of her parents ordeal in exile But it left me angry with the demagogues and fascists in the background They destroyed the lives of the Lagnado s and made their own country poorer in every way.


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    I d been meaning to read Lucette Lagnado s family memoir for awhile Learning that the book had won the 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature motivated me to actually pick it up This past weekend, I finished reading the book And it s an excellent read.Given what often seems an unending stream of memoir related scandals, not to mention the primacy of what I ll charitably call the dysfunction narrative and of course the interrelationship between the two , reading THE MAN IN THE WHITE SHARKSKIN SUIT is a gift Not only does the author focus on a story that s truly fresh in this case, the story of a Jewish family s history in Syria and Egypt and the massive dislocation it experienced in 1962 when emigrating from Egypt, first to France and then to the United States Not only does she include authentic evidence, including photographs, documents, and file citations from the social service agencies that worked with her immigrant family in Paris and New York But she also presents rounded portraits of multiple characters, especially her parents her father, Leon, is the eponymous man in the white sharkskin suit and grandparents especially her two grandmothers An exercise in navel gazing, this is surely not It s not until late in the book that the author s own life threatening medical problems which another writer, especially in this Age of the Misery Memoir, might have chosen to make the subject of an entire book, and which are artfully presaged in earlier chapters take center stage Even then, it s the effect of her illness on those around her rather than her own suffering that seems to matter .What will you get from reading this book You ll get a sense of the culture of a Levantine Jewish community, one that I, for one, previously knew only superficially mostly through stories about the in laws of one of my mother s close friends You ll get some history, of World War II and the Suez crisis You ll get stories of Jewish immigrants in France and Israel and the United States You ll get the texture of Brooklyn in the 1960s and 1970s You ll get the almost unimaginably shocking story of what happened to one of Lagnado s maternal uncles at the hands of Lagnado s own grandfather You ll get the triumphs and the tragedies of her family, and you ll get, in particular, a sense of the deep bond between Lagnado and that extraordinary man in the white sharkskin suit Don t miss it This review first appeared on .com


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    I thoroughly liked this book The author speaks from the heart about her family s life with respect and candor Mostly autobiographical in content, the history of the family and particularly the patriarch is the backbone on which it is written A complete riches to rags story, the early part of the book deals with a world completely alien to post war Egypt and its Jewish population Fleeing from their country of birth and rich lifestyle into the unknown life of refugees with no state , no home, is a journey of changes, separation, religious deprivation, illness, and much Lucette Loulou takes this journey and relates it without prejudice or blame She gives us an understanding of the life of a refugee immigrant in the post war world of the 1950 60s and beyond a time of change not just in the country they have left but in the countries to which they flee The suffering of the father trying to raise his family in the ways of both a strict religion and a strict culture is described with the perspective of both a little girl with great love for her father and as a young lady gradually breaking with tradition She has written this book in a gentle, insightful and caring way that can teach us a lot without hammering it in.


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    My mom shared this book with me at the beach It s a non fiction account of a family who immigrates to the United States from Egypt in the 1960s I m not typically drawn to non fiction but this book reads like fiction Towards the end, I had a hard time putting it down because I was so engrossed in the story and wondered what would happen to this family It s really amazing to read stories like this one and understand that these events actually happened to someone or many someones.


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