The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

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The Last Watchman of Old Cairo Read Online Free - 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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ISBN : 0399181164
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Carol rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2018

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, raise...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

March 20, 2018

“The Oracle of Stamboul”, written by Michael David Lukas — published in 2011— his debut....was sooooo wonderful- I was speechless to express how much I loved his novel. It’s still a very special book to me - one I read with my daughter...with so many fond memories. I remember the story as if I rea...

Margitte rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2018

I went into this book with no idea what to expect. Although it was a very busy time, actually an insanely hectic time, I managed to read a few pages in between. From the blurb: Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious packa...

Tammy rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2017


Michael rated it ★★★★★

November 08, 2017

If I am not for myself who will be for me?

Bandit rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

Time for some armchair traveling. This time not only geographically, but temporally, with this lovely work of historical fiction revolving (via three interconnected timelines) around a legendary Torah scroll. Back in the day when Egyptians might have been somewhat more tolerant, there was a thriv...

Melissa rated it ★★★★☆

March 14, 2018

I loved the mixing of old Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, woven together like a tapestry. “A fragmented account of fathers and sons, cousins and strangers, grief, forgiveness and forbidden love. This lovely novel brings to life a family of guardians and their stories.

B.T. rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2017

This is just a sweet novel, with a Judaica and historical angle that I found compelling enough that I finished this in a day. At the center of the book is the ancient Ibn Ezra synagogue in Cairo, and we get three stories that revolve around this building. First and second, the narrator Joseph tra...

Annette rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 18, 2017

This book interweaves two present stories of Joseph and two sisters, with one past story of Ali – Joseph’s ancestor. As the story builds up, it is interesting. But as soon as it reaches its peak, it starts falling apart very fast. Joseph is a literature student at Berkley and a son of a Jewish moth...

Jackie rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2017

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...

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