I feel that historical context is especially important because, as a child, the author had a privileged childhood and little contact with the native population. Life in the author’s childhood home was composed of parties and celebrations which were a cause to get the newest fashions from Paris. Vacations were spent on trips to Europe to get away from the oppressive heat – certainly not a typical childhood by any means, albeit a good one.
This lyrical book is well written and full of astonishing memories, but more significantly, it is an important document for the Naggar, Smouha, and Mosseri families for generations to come. The stories are rich and clearly told throughout the book and one day I could only wish to write something similar for my children and feel a sense of deep loss that my grandparents didn’t write their memoirs before they passed.
- 380 pages
- Publisher: Stony Creek Press; First Edition edition (October 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981807909