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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (Anglais) Broché – 1 juillet 2008

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“Beautifully written.... A great personalized telling of Egypt’s complicated history in the last half of the 20th century.” (Fareed Zakaria)

“Like André Aciman...she conjures a vanished world with elegiac ardor and uncommon grace.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

“[A] crushing, brilliant book…one final kiss from the Lagnados to their beloved city.” (New York Times Book Review)

“This memoir of an Egyptian Jewish family’s gradual ruin is told without melodrama by its youngest survivor.” (The New Yorker)

“The resilient dignity of Lucette’s family transcends the fiercest of obstacles.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“Lagnado gets to the heart of the modern exodus in a way only those who lived it can.” (Miami Sun Post)

“Captivating…illuminates its places and times, providing indelible individual portraits...An exceptional memoir.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Excellent new memoir… One could praise Ms. Lagnado’s book for many things.” (New York Sun)

“Full of emotion and longing, yet never sentimental, this lyrical memoir evokes a cosmopolitan Cairo.” (Jewish Woman)

“Lagnado spares nothing in the retelling…in this tender and captivating memoir.” (The Oregonian (Portland))

“It succeeds especially as a... heartfelt elegy to the long-lost Cairo community of her youth.” (Library Journal)

“Nostalgic but objectively tempered portrait of a family at the heart of social and cultural upheaval.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Beautifully written . . . rich with history and insight. Wonderful.” (Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE)

“A stunning achievement.” (Andre Aciman, author of OUT OF EGYPT and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)

“A subtle and eloquent description of fatherly love and a mesmerizing portrait of a man shattered by the immigration experience.” (Marianne Pearl, author of A MIGHTY HEART)

“Lagnado’s richly textured memoir is a loving tribute to a lost man and a lost culture.” (Reform Judaism)

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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.

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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Perennial; Édition : Reprint (1 juillet 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 006082218X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060822187
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,5 x 2,1 x 20,3 cm
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Par Valerie le 19 juillet 2014
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So many aspects about this book resonate within me. I see my own grandfather and better understand his desire, his need to stay in his homeland. I see my Grandmother. I see my mother, my uncles. I see me. This story is our story. So close. Thank you, Lucette.
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Gripping Family Saga and wonderful slice of history 10 juillet 2007
Par J. Smart - Publié sur
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The Man in the White Sharkskin suite is a stunning work, in it's emotional depth against a period of history I knew little about. The author/narrator tells the story of her family, particularly her father, as they thrive in Egypt under King Farouk, then, literally overnight, lose their material possisions, family and promience but not their humanity and dignity when Nassar comes to power. Their 'before' life was vibrant and full materially, but emotionally fraught with tensions of all sort especially between the husband, Leon and the wife, Edith. The author uses the point of view of the youngest member of the family, Loulou who can barely understand what's happening but acts bravely for her father's sake and for his love. The author writes beautifully, and with such poignancy, but never with self pity or malicious anger regarding the family's fall. By the time the family arrives in America, they are completely lost as they stand on the dock watching the big cars go down the West Side Highway. The great symbol of American prosperity, yet the cars and the dream they represent pass the family by. They never regain the life they longed for, except in the success of Loulou who becomes an award winning journalist and now author. I feel that Leon would be thrilled that, against his advice to this daughter to find a 'little job', she found her calling and restored the family legacy and told the greater story, through the Lagnado saga, of the history of Egyptian Jews of that time.

A wonderful read.
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Outstanding 4 août 2008
Par groupworker - Publié sur
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This is my favorite book of the year. It combines all of my interests - Jewish history, family struggles, impact of culture, and so much more. The author spent her early years in Egypt and the family was forced out by anti-semitism. While in Egypt, they lived a glamorous life for many years, but with a father whose moods ranged from loving to abusive. From there they entered a generation of poverty. The writing is beautiful. Too often personal memoirs seem to wane 1/2 way through, but this book continued to engage me and I really didn't want it to end.
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Heartbreakingly beautiful 29 juin 2007
Par Peter Bloch - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I was at that reading also, and purchased another copy of the book (my third!) for my daughter. Lagnado's story of her family's incredible history in Egypt and then the heartbreaking exile they endured, ending in Brooklyn where her father, old and seemingly defeated, probably saves her life with one last almost magical invocation of his old powers of persuasion is inspiring and tragic at once. After reading this beautiful book, it's clear where Lagnado's passion as an investigative reporter to expose corruption and the indignities we too often heap upon the elderly was born.
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He prayed in Hebrew and spoke fluently Arabic, English and French 7 décembre 2007
Par A Reader - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A gripping story. Once I started to read this book, instantly it caught my interest, I could not let it down until I have finished reading the entire book. A deeply moving biography. This book attracts the interest of the American public who is always avid to read about immigration to America. The book does not limit the story on what happened in Cairo Egypt, but also on what happened in America. About half of the book relates the many difficulties and the hard life of the family in Brooklyn New York. In my opinion, the key sentence in the book is what Leon Lagnado the father of the writer, said to the American social worker Sylvia Kirschner: "We are Arab, madame," Leon liked to listen to the songs of the famous female Arabic singer Om Kalthum and once as a handsome young man was her lover. Leon spoke Arabic with his mother Zarifa from Aleppo as with his siblings, and also was proud to wear the tarbouch like king Farouk, the last king of Egypt. According to Joel Benin's book: The dispersion of Egyptian Jewry, and according to Andre Aciman's book: Out of Egypt, the majority of the Jews of Egypt mainly spoke French at home and used a very rudimentary Arabic language in order to carry out basic communications with the servants and the local population in the markets and shops. Leon Lagnado who prayed in Hebrew, spoke English with a perfect British accent with the British army officers in Cairo during WWII, French with his wife and other Jews, was according to his own definition an Arab Jew because he also spoke fluently Arabic (his mother tongue) without any foreign accent, was also able to absorb the native Egyptian mentality or as we say in Arabic: "Ibn balad Asli" and that's precisely what makes this book so attractive to Jews and Arabs readers alike. This book was written by a woman who is able to describe in amazing accurate details not only the culture and the political history, but also the foods and the fashion of a long ago lost Jewish Egyptian world. The pictures in the book add to its attractiveness. As a Jew born in Egypt this book took me back in time to my childhood, also the few Hebrew words and the many sentences in Arabic and French are very nostalgic to me. Lucette Lagnado should be praised for the colossal research she had made in order to write this book. I highly recommend another moving memoir book about the confortable life of the Egyptian Jews before Nasser and their oppression during the Nasser regime Exodus II The Promised Land
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A real gem 27 juin 2007
Par Lynn - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Wow, this is an absolute must-read. It is foremost a family saga with an array of captivating characters... but it is also about an overlooked piece of history -- the flight of tens of thousands of Jews from Egypt in the 1950s and 1960s. From Cairo to Paris to Brooklyn... from riches to rags.... I loved this book. I heard the author speak at Barnes & Noble in New York last night and she told a story that was at once personal, moving and mesmerizing. After the reading, the line to buy her book extended around the block -- and I noticed that a lot of people were buying several copies.
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