The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

My Family's Exodus From Old Cairo to the New World

Book - 2007
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Lagnado re-creates the cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business in his signature white sharkskin suit on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton. But with the fall of King Farouk, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape. With all of their belongings packed into 26 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 their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxtaposed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060822125
0060822120
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 M412M
305.8924 M412M
Characteristics: xii, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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May 25, 2010

This is a great read! A very thoughtful and captivating autobiography/biography of the author and her father. Also, a wonderful view of Cairo in the first half of the 20th century.

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