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40 out of 5 stars a memoir of one jewish familys experiences and escape from egypt in the last century reviewed in the united states on may 19 2013 verified purchase. Out of egypt book read 144 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers this richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant je. 50 out of 5 stars out of egypt reviewed in canada on august 17 2000 andre aciman has written a brillant portrait of a doomed and now vanished world this memoir is filled with melancholy energy feeling and true withis style is simple silken and elegant. Set in alexandria this classic and much loved memoir chronicles the exploits of andre acimans colourful sephardic jewish family from its arrival in egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later aciman tells a story of childhood innocence of intricate family life and the pain of exile from a place one loves