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

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World➹ [Reading] ➻ The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World By Lucette Lagnado ➮ – Heartforum.co.uk 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 b In vivid in the PDF/EPUB ç 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 The Man Kindle - 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 Man in the ePUB ☆ their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxta posed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behindAn 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 triumphWinner 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 inand her father s heroic and tragic struggle to survive his riches to rags trajectory.

Lucette Lagnado, in the PDF/EPUB ç an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was born in Cairo, Egypt She and her family left Egypt as refugees when she was a small child, an experience that helped shape and inform her recent memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, published by Ecco HarperCollins Lucette has received numerous awards for her work at The Wall Street Journal, where she has covered health care for a decade She has been The Man Kindle - a finalist or received prizes from, among others, Columbia Journalism School, the University of Missouri, and the University of Southern California She is also the recipient of the , Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her memoir, the largest cash award in the Jewish book world In recent years, she has focused her coverage on hospitals and nursing homes, with a special emphasis on the elderly, the poor, and the uninsured This past year, Man in the ePUB ☆ , Ms Lagnado received two awards for her nursing home coverage The National Press Club Joseph Riley Award for Excellence in Writing on Geriatric Issues, as well as the Jack Newfield Award given by FRIA Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged Lucette has also been recognized in prior years by the New York Press Club, which gave her its highest award, the Golden Typewriter for Outstanding Public Service, for her investigative work exposing the plight of America s uninsured She is also the recipient of Columbia University s prestigious Mike Berger Award for her reporting about the elderly residents of the Belnord, a fabled West Side apartment building She is the coauthor of Children of the Flames Dr Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz, a biography of the Nazi concentration camp doctor and the young children who were the subjects of his medical experiments during World War II Children of the Flames has been translated in nearly a dozen languagesShe received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, where she majored in French Literature She and her husband, Douglas Feiden, a reporter for the Daily News, reside in Sag Harbor and New York City.

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus
    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB 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 Man in the ePUB ☆ their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxta posed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behindAn 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 triumphWinner 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 inand her father s heroic and tragic struggle to survive his riches to rags trajectory."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
  • Lucette Lagnado
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 0060822120

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

  1. Brina says:

    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 E 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

  2. Andy says:

    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 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

  3. Erika Dreifus says:

    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 SHARK 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

  4. Betty says:

    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 hom 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 muchLucette 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

  5. Sarah says:

    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.

  6. Chrissie says:

    Everybody says they shed a tear when they read touching books I never do, except that I did when I read this book At the end What does this say It says that you, the reader are drawn into the lives of the people The author is writing about her own experiences, growing up in Cairo, Egypt Her family is Jewish and they finally have to leave in the 60s That life in Egypt is wonderful to lean about This covers the first half of the book The second half deals with her life as a stateless Everybody says they shed a tear when they read touching books I never do, except that I did when I read this book At the end What does this say It says that you, the reader are drawn into the lives of the people The author is writing about her own experiences, growing up in Cairo, Egypt Her family is Jewish and they finally have to leave in the 60s That life in Egypt is wonderful to lean about This covers the first half of the book The second half deals with her life as a stateless person, her family s flight to France and eventual immigration to the United States and most importantly what it is like to live in a culture that feels so foreign The latter half is about being an immigrant You know this family, her parents and siblings and the author herself You empathize with them I do not want to tell you what happens, but it is very hard to put this book down at the end I cannot think of another book where my eyes really did tear up I also recommend Sipping from the Nile, another biography of a family living in Egypt in the 1900s That is lovely too Two completely different families, each special in their own way The same is true of the books each is special in its own way Both books got four stars

  7. corpho says:

    Whether or not you have first hand experience with Egypt, this book provides a very interesting window into the lives of a Jewish Arab family living in Cairo up until shortly after WWII I had spent a summer in Egypt in the early 90 s, and while I was aware that most to all of the Jews had long since left fortolerant nations, Lucette Lagnado s story helped answer a lot of my questions about what those Egyptian Jews lives were like before they felt the need to flee their country Ms Lagna Whether or not you have first hand experience with Egypt, this book provides a very interesting window into the lives of a Jewish Arab family living in Cairo up until shortly after WWII I had spent a summer in Egypt in the early 90 s, and while I was aware that most to all of the Jews had long since left fortolerant nations, Lucette Lagnado s story helped answer a lot of my questions about what those Egyptian Jews lives were like before they felt the need to flee their country Ms Lagnado seemed to feel the need to regularly remind her readers that while there may have been a few unsavory characters in her family, on the whole, Famille Lagnado were of exceeding breeding and refinement, especially the father Her father, the boulevardier , always on his walks, dressed impeccably in all white, at the casino, doing business deals, out all night, dancing with beautiful ladies, refusing to marry and slow down even into his early 40 s Then he meets Edith, Lucette s mother a petite, wide eyed doll half his age The marriage is rocky from the start, and Lucette is to be the fourth child born to the ill matched couple The Second World War s end sees Nasser s Pan Arabist regime take hold of Egypt, kicking out the English of whom Lucette s father was so fond and capable of emulating in his clipped, upper crust English accent Anti Jewish hostility is at an all time high, and events in the Lagnados lives conspire to push them to finally flee the country they loved so dearly Their emigration to France reduces them to littlethan impoverished refugees, always at the mercy of Jewish immigrant relocation organizations The father s declining health and devastation at leaving the one place which had constituted his whole universe, and Lucette s older siblings restlessness with their transitory situation creates a state of purgatory for the whole family When they eventually reach New York, things only seem to stay equally turbulent Statelessness and alienation fester in everyone s lives, and what little comfort they could once derive from the familiarity of their Jewish customs and prayer offer little help or solace in an irreligious Western society Lucette s continued bouts with illness are her strongest bond to her equally ailing father, and there s no mistaking that this book is about her father, the man in the white sharkskin suit She feels his close presence when she finally returns to Egypt, long after he s passed away in an American nursing home, an institution which resoundingly serves as a metaphor for how the East views the West a cold, lonely place where one unwittingly winds up, bewildered, and so far away from home

  8. Judy says:

    Lucette Lagnado s beautiful, remarkably well documented portrait of her family and their ultimate expulsion from Egypt to the United States in the early 1960s repeats a trope of Jewish history periods of peace for Jews somewhere in the diaspora, followed by abrupt, cruel expulsion to new lands.This book gave me an appreciation for the richness the Egyptian Jews enjoyed, not only monetarily surely not all Jews from Egypt had the wealth that this family once had but the richness of a shared com Lucette Lagnado s beautiful, remarkably well documented portrait of her family and their ultimate expulsion from Egypt to the United States in the early 1960s repeats a trope of Jewish history periods of peace for Jews somewhere in the diaspora, followed by abrupt, cruel expulsion to new lands.This book gave me an appreciation for the richness the Egyptian Jews enjoyed, not only monetarily surely not all Jews from Egypt had the wealth that this family once had but the richness of a shared community and of the distinctive Jewish rituals, foods and practices they shared.I was particularly moved by the author s portrait of her father, for whom the book is titled, and her love for him He was a very complex man, deeply flawed and yet with an unbelievable strength and hidden reservoirs of love and dedication that emerged over the decades.This is one book that deserves the praise and awards it has received

  9. Ellen says:

    I couldn t decide if I should give this 3 or 4 stars and went with the higher number because the author did such a nice job of describing Cairo society back when it was an elegant, cosmopolitan city The story of her family s loss of status, wealth and comfort as they are forced to leave after Nassir s rise to power and their difficult relocation to the US is familiar but well told none the less I would have likedetails about their lives in NY, but since the focus is on her father, the au I couldn t decide if I should give this 3 or 4 stars and went with the higher number because the author did such a nice job of describing Cairo society back when it was an elegant, cosmopolitan city The story of her family s loss of status, wealth and comfort as they are forced to leave after Nassir s rise to power and their difficult relocation to the US is familiar but well told none the less I would have likedetails about their lives in NY, but since the focus is on her father, the author never tells very much about her life once she leaves home.What angered me about the story is how the lives of her mother and grandmother were so miserable because of their hasty marriages to inappropriate men I was also very frustrated to read about her mother s refusal of a job offer that could have made their lives much easier in America, because of her fear of breaking the rules and going out to work But since this is a work of non fiction, it is the reality of their lives that frustrates methan the retelling of the events Lagnado writes well, although the scenes often jumped from one set of events to something unrelated without any transition There are a lot of threads left hanging and details omitted.Still, it is worth reading if only for the description of Cairo back in the days

  10. Kathy says:

    I was fascinated to learn that Jews lived among Arabs in comparative peace in Cairo during and after WWII This is the story of a wealthy Jewish family forced out of Egypt by the growing anti semitic sentiment, the rise of Islam, and the intolerance of a new regime in power The family flees to America via Paris and is forced to live in relative poverty while they adjust to life in a new country Some of them never do, some assimilate very quickly I liked the memoir very much, but I found some I was fascinated to learn that Jews lived among Arabs in comparative peace in Cairo during and after WWII This is the story of a wealthy Jewish family forced out of Egypt by the growing anti semitic sentiment, the rise of Islam, and the intolerance of a new regime in power The family flees to America via Paris and is forced to live in relative poverty while they adjust to life in a new country Some of them never do, some assimilate very quickly I liked the memoir very much, but I found some things lacked depth the backround history of the Jews and Arabs in Egypt for example things were getting bad for them for years, but all of a sudden they had to flee with little explanation of why they felt so persecuted

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