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by translator,Susan Cohen-Nicole,Paula Jacques

  • ISBN: 0841914478
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  • Author: translator,Susan Cohen-Nicole,Paula Jacques
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc. (March 18, 2009)
  • Pages: 270
  • ePub book: 1363 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1843 kb
  • Other: lrf mobi lit lrf
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 194

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Paula Jacques, Susan Cohen-Nicole (Goodreads Author) (narrator). In Light of My Eye, Paula Jacques, born in Egypt, recreates the vanished world of cosmopolitan Cairo with remembered affection and amusing dialogue. Her novel depicts the turbulent waning days of its once thriving Jewish community, during the strange and ominous time between the collapse of the Egyptian monarchy and Nasser's rise to power.

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Published in France in 1980 as Lumiere de l’Oeil, Light of My Eye is the first of Jacques’s eight novels to appear in English.

All Books PBS Market (New Books). Light of My Eye Author: Paula Jacques, translator, Susan Cohen-Nicole.

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1417 downloads at 19 mb/s. In Light of My Eye, Paula Jacques, born in Egypt, recreates the vanished world of cosmopolitan Cairo with remembered affection and amusing dialogue

1417 downloads at 19 mb/s. At its center are the pre-adolescent Mona Castro and her family, whose lives and destinies the author evokes in a series of scenes that veer between poignancy and wit.

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Paula Jacques is the pen name of Paula Abadi (b. Cairo, May 8, 1949). Paula Jacques’s work reconstructs the life of the mostly French-speaking Egyptian Jewish community prior to their expulsion at the time of the Suez crisis.

Paula Jacques (born Paula Abadi on 8 May 1949) is a French novelist, journalist, and host of the program Cosmopolitaine on the French public station France Inter. Jacques was born in Cairo, Egypt. She and her family were expelled from Egypt in 1957 during the period of nationalization under President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The family immigrated to Israel where Jacques lived on a kibbutz for three years. In 1961, Jacques and her family left Israel for France.

In Light of My Eye, Paula Jacques, born in Egypt, recreates the vanished world of cosmopolitan Cairo with remembered affection and amusing dialogue. Her novel depicts the turbulent waning days of its once thriving Jewish community, during the strange and ominous time between the collapse of the Egyptian monarchy and Nasser's rise to power. At its center are the pre-adolescent Mona Castro and her family, whose lives and destinies the author evokes in a series of scenes that veer between poignancy and wit.Mona's coming of age is marked by her youthful rebellion against her domineering mother, Becky; the illness of the beloved family patriarch, Joucky; and her half-innocent dalliance with an older man, a refugee from eastern Europe. The surrounding ensemble of relatives, whose family gatherings attempt to cope with a history that will overwhelm them, shifts the focus from Mona' s tale to a chronicle of a proud, doomed family.

Comments

Qwne Qwne
Paula Jacques was born in Egypt and left with her family for France as part of the Second Exodus. This, her first novel, has finally been translated into English. I hope we'll soon see more.

Interest has been rising lately in the Jews who left Arab countries after the founding of Israel. There are lots of good memoirs and a few novels, but much of the material is in French as many of these families were Francophone.

The story is not a wholly pleasant one, as the main character, a teenage girl, gets into some questionable activities and the family depicted is not a circle of sweetness and light. However, for perspective into Jewish life in Egypt and in France in those times, the book is fascinating. And the characters and story realistic and convincing.

I can't comment on one aspect of the book that others find fascinating - Jacques' use of French dialect and idiom typical of those who left Egypt for France. I don't know how closely the translation reflects this usage. But even without that aspect, it's a book not to be missed by those interested in the Second Exodus.
GAMER GAMER
I just finished Light of My Eye, unable to put it down until the last word. Such a lovely, moving, upsetting and often funny family. My mother, born of Polish parents, grew up in Milan until she was 10 when the family was forced to flee abroad. I will pass this book to my mother.
The introduction taught and readied me for the story and the footnotes made sense of references I would have otherwise not understood. I found this book deeply touching and I highly recommend it.