on 16 January 2012
This beautifully written and sensitive book really illustrated the plight of Egyptian Jewry during the time of their expulsion from Egypt in the fifties. The author has magically brought alive from the streets of Cairo and Alexandria the wonderful life her family had been enjoying until this tragic point in their lives. Then pushing on even further, to their new lives to the streets of New York. How did her family, especially her father, manage to continue their lives in the alien surroundings so far from their home.
Not enough has been written about this tragic event, which changed so many lives!
I look forward to reading further works by Lucette Matalon Lagnado
on 24 January 2011
"The man in the white sharkskin suit" was written by a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, so it goes without saying that this is a beautifully written piece of work. Drawing together the memories and recollections of members of her family from before she was born, Lagnado conjures up images of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan Cairo that is apparently now largely lost. She then recounts how the Jewish community in Egypt fell on difficult times, forcing them to fan out across the world. Lagnado ended up in the US, a section of the book that is no less interesting than the Cairo chapters.
I very much recommend this book, to anybody really but in particular to those interested in Jewish and Egyptian recent history.