In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary--perhaps magical--Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph's family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces--potent magic, forbidden love--that boldly attempt to bridge that divide.Praise for The Last Watchman of Old Cairo"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...
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The Last Watchman of Old Cairo Reviews
I received a review copy of this book from PRH International.
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The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely!
This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a coming-of-age-story, it's also a bit of a mystery book, it's partly historical fiction, it deals with family, tolerance and finding your place in the world and it does all this beautifully and deeply.
We follow three storyline ...more
Last Watchman of Cairo tells its story via three loosely related threads and timelines. In contemporaneous America, the Muslim Egyptian father of Joseph – the last watchman referenced in the title -- has died, and he has had a friend deliver to Joseph a keepsake without explanation. Joseph, raised exclusively by his Jewish Egyptian (by birth) mother in the US, had a cordial relationship with his father, at least until his father learned Joseph is gay. They didn’t have a falling out, but had comm ...more
The book was most enjoyable to read. The author knew his subject well and wrote with great passion. People who enjoy reading about multi-cultural stories will like this book. It is the al-Raqb family history of the men through thousands of years of being the watchmen for the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo.
In The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, Lukas masterfully weaves together three time periods, whose stories connect through a family mystery that is traced back a thousand years before the contemporary narrator. Each of the narrative threads is populated by characters who are peculiar to their time, and who fit perfectly within the specific Cairo in which they find themselves.
We care about these characters, whose struggles we identify with, no matter the background or epoch. Here we find people who s ...more
Net Galley ARC. This is a beautifully written story about the city of Cairo and its Jewish community. The story unfolds in three alternating timelines/ chapters. A thousand years in the past: A Muslim, Ali al-Rahq is entranced by his forbidden love for a Jewish girl. Through acts of compassion by Jewish leaders, instead of being shunned or worse, stoned, he becomes the first watchman of the Ibn Ezra Synagogue. In his charge, among the thousands of documents in the synagogue's genizah, or storage ...more
*The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel* by Michael David Lukas is a look at three different periods in time. It shows us the history of the first Watchman of an old Synagogue believed to house the mystical Ezra Scroll, a perfect copy of the Torah, within it's walls. We are also told about two twin sisters who want to preserve the old papers found in the attic of tbe Synagoge and perhaps find the Ezra Scroll as well. There is also the modern story of a young Muslim Jewish man, son of the last w ...more
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When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thing that drew me because it sounds so mysterious and I love that it’s set in Egypt.
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a story about a young man called Joseph who receives a package after the death of his father which carries ...more