Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Michael David Lukas's The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

Lukas's novel tells the story of a synagogue, its documents, and the people who protect and want to preserve them, across three distinct time periods that span several hundred years.  In doing so, Lukas shows the strong links across many generations, while playing out relations between the synagogue's Jewish leaders and the family of Muslim watchmen.  Lukas develops his characters and their motivations effectively.  The novel is a delight to read, and offers a hopeful vision of humans interacting with one another as humans and not categories.

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