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

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ISBN13: 9780060822125
ISBN10: 0060822120
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In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit. But with the fall of King Farouk and Nasser's nationalization of Egyptian industry, Leon and his family lose everything.

As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of all foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape. With all of their belongings packed into twenty-six 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 juxta-posed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.

An inversion of the American dream set against the stunning portraits of three world cities, Lucette Lagnado's memoir offers a grand and sweeping story of faith, tradition, tragedy, and triumph.

Review:

"Lagnado...has a national reputation for covering the struggles of the poor, the elderly and the uninsured within the health care system. Her compassion for the voiceless and the forgotten is little wonder." Oregonian

Review:

"[C]rushing, brilliant....In this book, [Lagnado] so effortlessly captures the characters in her family, and the Egyptian metropolis around them, that the reader may fail to notice the overwhelming research buttressing this story." Alana Newhouse, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Incorporating themes of generational conflict, religious faith, and family bonds, it will likely appeal to readers interested in the U.S. immigrant experience or the modern history of Jews in the Middle East." Library Journal

Synopsis:

This poignant and breathtaking memoir from an award-winning "Wall Street Journal" reporter recounts the exile of her family from Egypt and her fathers heroic and tragic struggle to survive his riches to rags trajectory.

About the Author

Born in Cairo, Lucette Lagnado is a senior special writer and investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she has received numerous prizes for her work, including Columbia University's Mike Berger Award, as well as honors from the National Press Club and the New York Press Club. She is the coauthor of Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz, which has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Lagnado resides with her husband, journalist Douglas Feiden, in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, New York.

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bgelean, March 9, 2008 (view all comments by bgelean)
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 more. 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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060822125
Subtitle:
My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
Author:
Lagnado, Lucette
Author:
Matalon Lagnado, Lucette
Author:
by Lucette Lagnado
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Sociology-Jewish Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070626
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.56 in 28.08 oz

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Product details 352 pages Ecco - English 9780060822125 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lagnado...has a national reputation for covering the struggles of the poor, the elderly and the uninsured within the health care system. Her compassion for the voiceless and the forgotten is little wonder."
"Review" by , "[C]rushing, brilliant....In this book, [Lagnado] so effortlessly captures the characters in her family, and the Egyptian metropolis around them, that the reader may fail to notice the overwhelming research buttressing this story."
"Review" by , "Incorporating themes of generational conflict, religious faith, and family bonds, it will likely appeal to readers interested in the U.S. immigrant experience or the modern history of Jews in the Middle East."
"Synopsis" by , This poignant and breathtaking memoir from an award-winning "Wall Street Journal" reporter recounts the exile of her family from Egypt and her fathers heroic and tragic struggle to survive his riches to rags trajectory.
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