[ilds] Man in White Sharkskin Suit

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 6 09:47:03 PDT 2010


True, Lucette Lagnado ("Loulou") was born in 1956, but her memoir is mainly about her father, Leon Lagnado, who married her mother Edith in 1943.  She was in her twenties, he in his forties.  Lucette calls her father a "boulevardier" and reconstructs the culture and places of Old Cairo he frequented during the 1930s and 40s:  the Shepheard's Hotel, Gropppi's Restaurant, and others.  Although a devout Jew, Leon called himself an Arab, was fluent in Arabic, and preferred to wear a tarbush.  The city then was cosmopolitan, multiethnic and multilingual, like Alexandria.  The Lagnado family were Jews from Aleppo, primarily French speaking.  French was Lucette's first language.  Above all, the book is about a lost Jewish-Arab-Coptic world, one which Durrell surely knew a good deal about.  Darley exclaims, "Beloved Alexandria!"  Lucette Lagnado's lamentation is something like, "Beloved Cairo!"


On Jun 6, 2010, at 3:18 AM, Marc Piel wrote:

> Thanks Bruce. Sounds interesting. But she was born 
> in 1956 so she couls little know the Cairo that LD 
> knew.
> @+
> Marc
> Le 05/06/10 21:13, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
>> Lucette Lagnado

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