[ilds] Man in White Sharkskin Suit

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Sun Jun 6 11:34:40 PDT 2010


Thanks Bruce and Charles.
I have ordered a copy.
Marc

Le 06/06/10 18:47, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> Marc,
>
> 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!"
>
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
> 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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