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A rich elegaic description of a vanished world, 8 Jun 2007
Aciman's memoir starts with the shock of icy water. It's an elegaic description of a vanished world--that of the Jews of Alexandria. His descriptions of his deaf mother mix exasperations with stubborn fondess; his struggles with Arabic strike a chord too. It made me think of another vanished world in a memoir I recently read, that of Mangalorean Catholics in India, Wandering Between Two Worlds by Anita Mathias.