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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 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 10 days ago by Joan
Incitefull, moving tale of a family who considered Egypt their home for centuries and then were deported during the Suez Crisis.Published 12 days ago by Halle's Mom
This is the story of a multicultural, affluent Jewish family living in Cairo, Egypt — but connected familially and historically with Italy, Spain, England and other European... Read morePublished 25 days ago by L. Combs
After returning home from my third trip to Egypt, I saw a review for Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus from Egypt by Jean Naggar. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Lynne P. Caldwell
LOTS OF CHARACTERS , OK STORY BUT NOT MY FAVORITE . WOULD NOT SUGGEST.Published 1 month ago by Catherine Fiore
It is a wonderful book beautifully written, and narrated by the author herself. She put is many details of her life as a youngster growing in Egypt in the 40's and 50's, as well in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sublime! This is one of the most beautiful stories I have read. It deserves a place among the great nostalgic tales of lost worlds: Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past",... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pittielove
Absolutely riveting! It is a wonderful glimpse into what Egypt was like, and also an excellent view of how things changed, and the hardships people faced that most people probably... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Duelfer