The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

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. F In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets. ...

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Title:The Last Watchman of Old Cairo
Author:Michael David Lukas
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0399181164
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo Reviews

  • Elyse
    Mar 20, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

  • David
    Apr 10, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

    I enjoyed the historical elements of this book more than that set in the present. The current-day narrator is a bit of a wet blanket, unsure of his place in the world, while all the historical characters jumped with life and determination. ...

    For readers who enjoyed The Weight of Ink. Like that historical novel, I found the historical narrative more compelling than the contemporary one with which it alternates. The ending makes up for its slow start. ...

  • Jackie Wisherd
    Oct 30, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

  • Annie
    Feb 18, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

  • Neil Plakcy
    Apr 04, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

    I enjoyed the historical elements of this book more than that set in the present. The current-day narrator is a bit of a wet blanket, unsure of his place in the world, while all the historical characters jumped with life and determination. ...

  • Merle
    May 06, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

  • R
    Mar 19, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

  • Michael
    Nov 08, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

  • Bandit
    Jan 14, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

  • Karen
    May 05, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

  • Rachel
    Apr 02, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

  • Patrisia Sheremeta
    Mar 23, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

  • Margitte
    Apr 01, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

  • Andrea Lee
    Apr 23, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

    I enjoyed the historical elements of this book more than that set in the present. The current-day narrator is a bit of a wet blanket, unsure of his place in the world, while all the historical characters jumped with life and determination. ...

    For readers who enjoyed The Weight of Ink. Like that historical novel, I found the historical narrative more compelling than the contemporary one with which it alternates. The ending makes up for its slow start. ...

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I would actually rate this book closer to a 3.5. I enjoyed how the story covered three different time periods related to interaction with the Ezra scroll. Characters were well developed to the point that you could imagine their behaviors an...

    This is an enjoyable work of historical fiction. Three narratives from three time periods connect the story about the Cairo Geniza. Stories and unanswerable questions, judgment and mercy are themes in all three stories as well. A few of the details and descriptions from the time period...

    I really loved this book. Three time segments (1000AD, 1880?s, and 2000?s) offer much in the way of plot arc and a variety of characters that are all unique and interesting. The vocabulary is strong and the writing very readable but well formed. Kudos to learning new things, a chal...

  • Chaitra
    May 05, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

  • Gaele
    Mar 13, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

  • Lori
    Jan 17, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

  • L F
    Apr 07, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

  • Jennifer
    Dec 19, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

    I enjoyed the historical elements of this book more than that set in the present. The current-day narrator is a bit of a wet blanket, unsure of his place in the world, while all the historical characters jumped with life and determination. ...

    For readers who enjoyed The Weight of Ink. Like that historical novel, I found the historical narrative more compelling than the contemporary one with which it alternates. The ending makes up for its slow start. ...

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I would actually rate this book closer to a 3.5. I enjoyed how the story covered three different time periods related to interaction with the Ezra scroll. Characters were well developed to the point that you could imagine their behaviors an...

  • Annette
    Nov 26, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • B.T. MienorĂ©
    Dec 26, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

  • Julie Barnard
    Nov 28, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

  • Carol
    Feb 07, 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. ...

  • Lisa Bernstein
    May 06, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

    I enjoyed the historical elements of this book more than that set in the present. The current-day narrator is a bit of a wet blanket, unsure of his place in the world, while all the historical characters jumped with life and determination. ...

    For readers who enjoyed The Weight of Ink. Like that historical novel, I found the historical narrative more compelling than the contemporary one with which it alternates. The ending makes up for its slow start. ...

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I would actually rate this book closer to a 3.5. I enjoyed how the story covered three different time periods related to interaction with the Ezra scroll. Characters were well developed to the point that you could imagine their behaviors an...

    This is an enjoyable work of historical fiction. Three narratives from three time periods connect the story about the Cairo Geniza. Stories and unanswerable questions, judgment and mercy are themes in all three stories as well. A few of the details and descriptions from the time period...

  • Diogenes
    Mar 17, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

  • Melissa Dee
    Mar 14, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Tammy
    Dec 17, 2017

    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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

  • Rebecca D'Harlingue
    Mar 09, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

  • Rose
    Mar 21, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

  • Lori
    Apr 12, 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. ...

    ?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 remem...

    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 m...

    RTC ...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 S...

    Joseph is the son of Egyptian parents, born and raised in the United States. His mother, an Egyptian Jew, left Cairo in the 1950?s with her family, but as a child had befriended Ahmed al-Raqb, eldest son of the watchman at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue, an inherited position handed down fro...

    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 th...

    "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" was a captivating read. It follows a family who are the caretakers for a temple in Cairo! ...

    Unfortunately this doesn?t publish until next year, but it.?s definitely worth adding to your TBR list. Well-written book about Jews and Muslims in Cairo. ...

    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish this book. It has a low page count and it's well spaced, so I have no excuse. It's adequate for what it is, and it started off promisingly, but I don't think it came together as well as it could have. The book is told in three differe...

    charming, really enjoyed this ...

    Captivating story of a young man's search for his identity, his father's roots in Egypt and the meaning of his name through ancient documents. Insightful, poignant and highly entertaining; a mixture of history and fiction that handles Muslim and Jewish differences with rare sensitivity...

    Three different narratives - from three different time periods - that all connect to the Cairo Genizah. A fast, easy, interesting, and compelling novel that might motivate me to explore a non-fiction book on the subject. ...

    A fascinating tale based on two Scottish sisters chasing religious antiquities in Cairo and the Sinai desert. As always truth is stranger than fiction. The book presents a strong case for marking sure they are protected. Because when they disappear a part of humanity is lost. ?Yo...

    *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 ...

    What a wonderful plot of combining fact and fiction. We follow the true story of Agnes and Margaret, twin sisters who travel to Cairo to the benEzra Synagogue in 1879 after learning that the Geniza there has valuable, historical documents, letters and religious scrolls. They assist Sol...

    Joseph, like many other literary sons, only really learns who his father is after his death. A few weeks after his father dies, Joseph receives a package with a letter written in an archaic form of Arabic that turns out to document his family?s long history of serving as watchmen for...

    The last watchman of old Cairo is the hereditary watchman of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat or Old Cairo. In the present his son, Joseph ponders over a plaque his father sent him after his death. His parents grew up in Cairo until his Jewish mother and her family left for Paris whe...

    My favorite quote from this book: "Mercy is more powerful than justice; forgiveness greater than revenge." If you are expecting a Dan Brown-esque story about searching for a sacred object, you might be disappointed. This is more about the spiritual investiture we make in these objec...

    I enjoyed the historical elements of this book more than that set in the present. The current-day narrator is a bit of a wet blanket, unsure of his place in the world, while all the historical characters jumped with life and determination. ...

    For readers who enjoyed The Weight of Ink. Like that historical novel, I found the historical narrative more compelling than the contemporary one with which it alternates. The ending makes up for its slow start. ...

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I would actually rate this book closer to a 3.5. I enjoyed how the story covered three different time periods related to interaction with the Ezra scroll. Characters were well developed to the point that you could imagine their behaviors an...

    This is an enjoyable work of historical fiction. Three narratives from three time periods connect the story about the Cairo Geniza. Stories and unanswerable questions, judgment and mercy are themes in all three stories as well. A few of the details and descriptions from the time period...

    I really loved this book. Three time segments (1000AD, 1880?s, and 2000?s) offer much in the way of plot arc and a variety of characters that are all unique and interesting. The vocabulary is strong and the writing very readable but well formed. Kudos to learning new things, a chal...

    It took me a little longer to fall in love with Michael David Lukas' second novel, having fallen for his first book, "The Oracle of Stamboul," from the first page. I just finished the last delicious word of "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo," and, as happens with really great books, it h...