In this coming-of-age memoir about a privileged, protected childhood in the exotic milieu of 1950’s Egypt, author Jean Naggar describes a magical time that seemed as if it would never end. But Egypt’s nationalizing of the Suez Canal would set in motion events that would change her life forever.
An enchanted existence suddenly ended by international hostilities, her family is quickly scattered far and wide, and Naggar is eventually swept into adulthood and the challenge of new horizons in America. Speaking for a different wave of immigrants whose Sephardic origins explore the American Jewish story through an unfamiliar lens, Naggar traces her personal journey through lost worlds and difficult transitions, exotic locales and strong family values. The story resonates for all in this poignant exploration of the innocence of childhood in a world breaking apart.
“An intriguing way of life that no longer exists. Glamorous, exciting, filled with the sophisticated life of a Jewish family living in Europe and the Middle East, Naggar documents times of elegant lifestyles, to the tumultuous struggles of war…And like every family, there is passionate love and loss, but always there is the undercurrent of delight and an indomitable will to do more than just survive.” —US Review of Books
|Publisher:||Stony Creek Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)|
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Sipping From The Nile, is a memoir of the author, Jean Naggar, life in Egypt growing up in 1950’s. Even though she lived a more privileged life than most at the time, she still had her own ups and downs. One thing I could relate with Mrs. Naggar is growing up with tight family bonds and then as you grow the family separates whether it be to separate homes or countries. Other than the tight knit families I had a hard time keeping myself interested in the story. The story reminded me of times when my grandmother, aunts and mother would sit around the table and gabbed about slightly interesting but also trivial gossip. I know the author described some tragedy and disappointments but I just could not completely dive into the book. Sipping From The Nile is probably much more interesting to her family (such as grandkids). Helping the young ones see what it took for Jean Naggar to get the family where they are now.
While this book was well-written, the story didn't grab me and I just couldn't get into it. The concept of the book is quite interesting, however, and I'm sure that someone else might enjoy it.