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The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
Mar 13, 2018 | 288 Pages
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“California Book Award finalist [Michael David] Lukas (The Oracle of Stamboul) entrances readers with an account that spans generations. . . . Lukas enlivens a fascinating epoch when Jews and Muslims bridged cultural divides for a common cause. Part mystery, part character study, yet historically accurate, this book should appeal to a broad swath of readers.”—Library Journal

“Evocative . . . Lukas turns the Egyptian city into a tantalizingly seductive place of mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

“A beautiful, richly textured novel, ambitious and delicately crafted, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is both a coming-of-age story and a family history, a wide-ranging book about fathers and sons, religion, magic, love, and the essence of storytelling. This book is a joy.”—Rabih Alameddine, author of the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman
“Michael David Lukas has given us an elegiac novel of Cairo—Old Cairo and modern Cairo, with a bit of Berkeley thrown in. His prose is deeply evocative, and a sense of mystery and profound tristesse pervades this unusual narrative, which tells the story of a young California man on a quest to understand a puzzling gift left for him by his late father, the descendant of generations of watchmen at the venerable Ibn Ezra Synagogue in the depths of Old Cairo. Lukas’s greatest flair is in capturing the essence of that beautiful, haunted, shabby, beleaguered yet still utterly sublime Middle Eastern city.”—Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and The Arrogant Years

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