Book review: Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus From Egypt by Jean Naggar


Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus From EgyptSipping from the Nile: My Exodus From Egypt by Jean Naggar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is the author’s autobiography describing her earlier life in Egypt and how the annexation of the Suez Canal in 1956 changed the lives of this healthy family.

This is a surprisingly good book since by learning the Naggar’s saga, which lived in Egypt in a glamour style of live, until such historical facts changed their lives forever.

“The events precipitated by the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956 spun the Egyptian Jews relentlessly out of their comfortable homes and influential positions and scattered them around the globe.”

Since the author came from an upper level family, her father was a Mosseri from Cairo and her mother is a Smouha from Alexandria, the reader cannot guess from this book what could had happen with the lower class of Egyptian at that time.

From the Jewish Virtual Library, we can learn more about this prominent Mosseri family:

MOSSERI, prominent family in *Egypt, said to have come there from Italy around 1750 (many of its members were Italian subjects). The family was active in the administration of the Jewish community in *Cairo as vice presidents and in its philanthropy towards the needy in the community.

Lets hope we can find another book which show us the other side of the coin.

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