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"Jean Naggar’s memoir Sipping from the Nile brings the world of Egypt’s privileged class to us like a Downton Abbey set in Cairo. This is history told with the fluidity of poetry, the sensuality of life, and with empathy that resonates from an extended family determined to survive upheaval." -Emily Rubin, author of Stalina
“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. The book is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions of homes, meals, glamorous clothing and social events while living in Egypt, later on in England, and finally in New York City. The history of this extended family is a most interesting look at a loving, religious, educated culture. 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
“In elegant prose and loving details, Jean Naggar has written a poignant memoir of an idyllic childhood in Egypt, her family’s politically fueled exodus from that paradise, and the forging of a new life in America.” –Hilma Wolitzer, author of Summer Reading, The Doctor’s Daughter, and Tunnel of Love
I read this book on my Kindle and it was the first time I ever highlighted passages of a book I've read.
It is too wordy and esoteric and seems to get lost in descriptions of people who really don't make much difference in the "story", or the lack of a story.
To read SIPPING FROM THE NILE, Jean Naggar's lavish memoir of her Cairo childhood, is to be transported to another world, another time.
I was interested in the historical portion as it presented another view of refugees from WWII. However, the rest of the book presented the life of a privileged child; one that... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Anastasia Beaverhausen
I greatly enjoyed this book and learning of a time, place and group of people of whom I had had little knowledge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle T. Watts
I read this book to the end but at times wanted to leave it. It finished on a much better note than it started. The first half was a narrative of the authors life like a timeline. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Loretta Kretchko
Naggar's family saga provides a valuable window into history, politics, Sephardic traditions, and family ties. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zaabalawi
A fascinating memoir!
Her childhood memories illustrated a culture and a life that I did not know existed.
This bi is boring. There are too many references to the many people on the family tree. Perhaps a diagram would have made it easier to keep track. Read morePublished 2 months ago by msparkles
Too much of opulent lifestyle not enough history of Suez canal conflict.Published 2 months ago by lousycook
I truly enjoyed Jean Naggar's story of her life, starting in Egypt. I have always been fascinated with Egypt and also with Jewish life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joan