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...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

  • Ray
    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

    This is such a wonderful book. I learnt a lot about the history of religion in Cairo and about the Jewish religion. The story is a mix of realistic and fairy tale-like plots and all the stories come together beautifully. ...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

    This is such a wonderful book. I learnt a lot about the history of religion in Cairo and about the Jewish religion. The story is a mix of realistic and fairy tale-like plots and all the stories come together beautifully. ...

    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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

    This is such a wonderful book. I learnt a lot about the history of religion in Cairo and about the Jewish religion. The story is a mix of realistic and fairy tale-like plots and all the stories come together beautifully. ...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

  • Juliawildschut
    Jul 25, 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

    This is such a wonderful book. I learnt a lot about the history of religion in Cairo and about the Jewish religion. The story is a mix of realistic and fairy tale-like plots and all the stories come together beautifully. ...

  • Aditi
    Jun 25, 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

  • B.T. Mienoré
    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

  • Amy
    Jul 16, 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

  • Noha Badawi
    Jul 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

  • Rachel Levy
    Jul 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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. ...

  • Eyleen
    Jun 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

    This is such a wonderful book. I learnt a lot about the history of religion in Cairo and about the Jewish religion. The story is a mix of realistic and fairy tale-like plots and all the stories come together beautifully. ...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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. ...

  • Kai
    Jul 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

  • Nada Hosny
    Jul 15, 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

  • 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 ...

  • Abantika(hiltonjenkin)
    Jul 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...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

  • Nikola
    Jul 08, 2018

    Last Watchman of Cairo tells its story via three loosely related threads and timelines. In contemporaneous America, the Muslim Egyptian father of Joseph ? the last watchman referenced in the title -- has died, and he has had a friend deliver to Joseph a keepsake without explanation. ...

    ?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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

  • 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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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 ...

    "Love never dies, it is only diverted." I don't think I would ever have come across this beautiful book if PRH International had not given me the opportunity to read it. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a lush tale about a family of watchmen in Cairo dating back many centuries. It ...

    ?The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.? ----Antoine François Prévost Michael David Lukas, an American bestselling author, has penned a compelling historical fiction called, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo that revolves around an American part-Jewish-part-M...

    4.5 stars. I really super enjoyed this read about a half Jewish half Muslim, 100% Egyptian young man who is the son of the Last Watchman of Old Cairo, a tradition spanning hundreds of years and centuries. Written from three perspectives in time, this gem of a book intertwines questions...

    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...

    Make sure to enter my giveaway of a signed copy on my Instagram page! You can also find this review on my book blog. When it comes to this book what I fell for was the cover because if you look at it you will fall in love with it too. The synopsis of this book is the second thi...

    This is a wonderfully written story about Cairo and its Jewish community told through three alternating timelines. I loved the mixing of ancient Egypt, colonial Egypt and modern Egypt, all woven together like a colorful tapestry. A thousand years in the past, a Muslim, Ali al-Rahq, bec...

    when you protect something, no matter what it is, it becomes your own. How satisfying is it to read a book based in your country? OMG YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! okay or maybe you do, but i didn?t! i really didn?t this is the first time i have ever read a book that?s based in m...

    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...

    I received a review copy of this book from PRH International. All opinions are my own. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is far from my usual genre of young adult/fantasy and it says a lot that I still enjoyed it immensely! This is a story that is hard to pinpoint. It's partly a c...

    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas is truly a fascinating book. It wonderfully explores the cultural history of the city and has a great mix of race and religion. It's about an American guy trying to find his Persian roots. With authentic facts it is a fiction tha...

    DNF. Therefore, no rating. I received The Last Watchman of Old Cairo from PRH international in exchange for an honest review I have reached about halfway through the book; interesting at first but confusing. The tone of the story started to get real slow and I couldn't connect the...

    This is such a wonderful book. I learnt a lot about the history of religion in Cairo and about the Jewish religion. The story is a mix of realistic and fairy tale-like plots and all the stories come together beautifully. ...

    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 ...