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  • Title: The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
  • Author: Lucette Lagnado
  • ISBN: 9780061827501
  • Page: 203
  • Format: ebook

  • 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 markLucette 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.
    Lucette Lagnado
    Lucette Lagnado, 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 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 2008 recipient of the 100,000 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, 2008, 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 languages.She 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.


    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 [...]

    Fatma AbdelSalam
    كم اعشق سرد التاريخ من خلال سيرة ذاتية او رواية شاهدة بأحداثها وشخصياتها على حقبة من الزمن لأني ابغض الحقائق الجامدة، التاريخ في عبارات قاطعة واحصائيات، حيث انه لم يكن دروس نتعلم منها الا من خلال تجارب اُناس عاشوه بخبراتهم وخلصنا نحن منها بنتيجة. فالتاريخ يحمل ذلك البعد الا [...]

    Shaimaa Ali
    رجعونا مصر كانت هى العبارة التى صرخ بها ليون -والد لولو - عند رحيلهم وهى العبارة التى أصرخ بها الآن رجعونا مصر الحقيقية بدلاً من هذا المستنقع الذى يُدعى خطأ : وطن

    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 [...]

    Adel salib
    العمل مش روائي قد ماهو مذاكرات بس كبيرة حبيتينتفاصيل كتير قوي تخليك تستغرب ازاي طفلة قادرة تفتكر كم التفاصيل دي كلهامعجبنيش اسم الكتاب ولا اسماء بعض الفصولولا حتي اسلوب الكاتبة اللي بان قوي انها كاتبه الكتاب علي مراحل متتعدةلان الفصول بعضها بيتكرر فيها نفس الكلام والوصف وب [...]

    Marmor Owais
    تتحدث رواية الرجل ذو البدلة البيضاء الشركسكين او بالأحرى تلك السيرة الذاتية عن أسرة ليون، تلك الأسرة اليهودية والتى ترجع أصولها من حلب، تعطى الكاتبة من خلال الحكاية عن أسرتها فكرة عامة عن حياة اليهود فى المجتمعالمصرى فى أربعينات وخمسينات القرن الماضى ليون رب الأسرة ووالدت [...]

    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 [...]

    Erika Dreifus
    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 [...]

    Ahmed Salem
    لا تختلف في مرارتها كثيرا عن مرارة ثلاثية غرناطة. تهجير اناس عاشوا عمرا في مكان و تشربوا كل شيء فيه.التفاصيل مذهلة. نصف الكتاب الأول يتحدث عن القاهرة الكوزمبوليتية التي جمعت أناس مختلفين في الجنسيات و الديانات. كانت القاهرة أكثر المدن العالمية ساعتهاالتفاصيل الشخصية و الدين [...]

    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 it 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).

    Ahmed Samir
    اذا كانت معلوماتك عن اليهود المصريين الذين عاشوا في مصر حتى نهاية الخمسينات و بداية ستينات القرن الماضي تنحصر فيما صورته الأقلام السينمائية المصرية القديمة عن (كوهين) البخيل او (سارة) الفتاة اللعوب او طريقة الكلام و نبرة الصوت التي اصبحت مميزة لشخصية اليهودي, فعليك بقراءة هذ [...]

    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 for more tolerant 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 [...]

    soft fork
    لم اكمله بعدلكن مبهوره جدا بقاهرة الثلاثينيات والابعينياتكتاب جعلنى افكر جدياً فى اعادة الرأى فى مأساة اليهود وهل كانوا حقا ضحايالا اعرف دعنا نكمل سطور ذلك الكتاب اولا لنرى ============================هذا وقد انتهيت لتوى من قراءة كتاب الرجل ذو البدلة البيضاء الشركسكين وقفت على عده ملاح [...]

    Aliaa Talaat
    لكتاب بيتكلم فى حزئه الاول عن حياة التاجر اليهودى ليون اللى بيجمع بين الدين والدنيا فى ان واحد فهو من محبى السهر والنساء وفى نفس الوقت متدين بيقدس يوم السبت بيتعرف على اديث الفتاة اللى بتصغره بعشرين سنه وبيتجوزها وبتبدأ حياتهم اللى هايتفكر ان القصة رومانسية هايتصدم لان واض [...]

    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 perso [...]

    Ali Korkor
    من حسن حظي ان تزامن تزامنت عندي قراءة هذه السيرة الذاتية مع روايةثلاثية غرناطة ما صنعته تلك المصادفة من وضعية مقارنة بين كاتبة "الرجل ذو البدلة البيضاء الشركسكين" و ابطال رواية غرناطة اضاف لكلاهما عمقا ما كان ليأتي خصوصا للكتاب الاولفلقد كان تفكيري المدفوع بحنقي على البيئة [...]

    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 [...]

    Maio13611 shalaby
    صدق أو لا تصدق أنا حزينة أنى خلصت هذا الكتاب كانت حاله من أجمل الحالات اللى عشتها و أنا بقرأ كتابمزيج من الألم و الحب و الإخلاص و الإنتماء اللامتناهى من رجل يهودى كان ومازال يعيش حتى بعد موتة فى أجمل بقاع الأرض فى نظرة و نظرى أيضا فى مصر كتاب يعلم معنى حب الوطن حقيقى الوطن ليس ف [...]

    حسين العُمري
    سيرة ذاتية مفعمة بالعاطفة نحو الماضي الجميل للقاهرة وأيامها من وجهة نظر عائلة يهودية اضطرت للهجرة وترك الوطن الذي أحبته وعاشت فيه ولم تعرف سواه ،، الملمح الشديد العاطفة نحو تلك الأيام ومقدار التغير الروحي والمادي الذي تعرض له رب الأسرة بالذات وابته لولو التي عادت في النهاي [...]

    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 like more details about their lives in NY, but since the focus is on her father, the au [...]

    لا اعرف هل كان ليون محظوظا في تركه للقاهرة في هذا الوقت و حافظ على ما في مخيلته من ذكريات و حقائق عن مدينته الجميلة النظيفة الهادئة، تماماً كما يحتفظ جمهور السينيما بتلك الصورة الذهنية بنجمته المفضلة التي اعتزلت في أوج شبابها، فتبقى في مخيلته دائماً أبدا النجمة الجميلة المت [...]

    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 [...]

    Lucette Lagnado is such a fine story teller. Her memoir took me back to the days of colonialism in Cairo, before Nasser expelled foreigners from Egypt. Her Jewish family had roots in Syria but they had lived in Egypt for many years and all of their children were born there. No matter. Life became difficult and dangerous for Jews. Eventually they fled, first to Paris, then to New York City. Lucette's father, Leon, never stopped pining for the elegance of the Cairo of his youth. The family suffere [...]

    The reviews I read of this book sounded positive but a bit lukewarm, and when my book club chose it, I wasn’t expecting to appreciate it quite as much as I did. When I read other reviews of this beautifully written book, the evocation of Lagnado’s lost world seemed to be touted as its major selling point. Like other reviewers, I also found myself taken with the descriptions of 1940s Cairo. The sights and smells, and the overall atmosphere – there was something so romantic and sensuous abou [...]

    A deeply moving story. I wish I could have experienced Cairo in its hayday. The book also broadened my understanding of forced migration and its effect on people's lives.

    Before 1952, the appeal of Cairo and Egypt is easy to understand. A true cosmopolitan city with tolerance. After 1952, it is a downhill slide. Sad story.

    Bonnie Brody
    I found this book to be very educational about the lives and experiences of Levantine Jews, one family in particular. I learned that the cultural affinities of these Jews are more like arabs than Sephardic or Ashkenazi Jews. However, I found the idolization and 'bigger than life' portrayal of the author's father to very tiring after a while.The memoir is about the author's father, who she idolized despite his many questionable and downright inappropriate behaviors. He cheated on his wife, cheate [...]

    The book does not come much as a surprise to those of us who have heard stories from their parents and grandparents on pre "1952 revolution" Egypt, or those of us who have watched the "black and white" movies that vividly showcased an era a lot of us longed to live in . An era where elegance was in the appearance as much as the attitude; an era when Egypt was truly a part of Europe, and where people from different religions and cultural backgrounds lived harmoniously. It is on the other hand a s [...]

    In the end, I gave this book 3 stars. It bored me at times, but ended up being a book that I was glad to have read. I always appreciate a book that I can learn something from. From this book I learned to appreciate the plight of an immigrant to this country. As an American, we often just don't understand why people that choose to come here, can't assimilate. I can't even imagine having to leave all that I love behind and being forced to abandon my values and all that is dear to me in order to me [...]

    T.P. Williams
    What an outstanding book! Author's attention to the slightest of detail, powers of observation, and above all, her candor in describing the shortcomings of her father - the Man in The White Sharkskin Suit - as well as her own, give the book amazing credibility, and left this reader thinking that he was sure he must have met Mr. Lagnado somewhere, he seems so familiar, etc. Parts of it are funny, a lot is sad, some of it appalling, but the family soldiers on. The chapter "Guardian of the Orphans [...]

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