Roots and Branches
This is a brilliant and very personal expose of a life first bridging two national, social and language cultures, then absorbing what is best from a third culture, that which is scholarly and academic. It can be argued that this mix largely contributed to a vision and a universal language reflected in the author’s success as a doctor and surgeon of the highest quality.
Roots & Branches is amazing. I’ve been with it all weekend and can’t put it down. I’d personally recommend it to my students and friends. It’s made me care about these people and about history (my worst subject). What a childhood. At first, I worried that I would not care about an ordinary family, but they are far from ordinary.
What a fascinating and unique story! It’s wonderful to meet the various members of this determined and resilient family. Their saga unfolds through a series of deeply personal challenges as they navigate intercultural, inter-generational, and social divides. The author’s sometimes poignant reactions do not mask his bewilderment and pain when he relates how as a child, he dealt with repeated family disruptions. Many of his recollections remain uncomfortably sharp, while others evoke a wry amusement. He endured a whole string of culture shocks when he was serially uprooted from one society to another. This is a tale of resilience and success despite life’s many setbacks. What brings the story vividly into focus is the generous sprinkling of family and school photographs. A compelling and touching historic biographic memoir.
From the arid terrain surrounding the green Nile valley, to the unimaginable rubble of post-war Germany, to the vibrant hedonism of 1960s London, Michael Meguid’s life story unfolds in brilliant, relatable prose. He takes us on a journey to confront his emotionally repressed mother and demanding, absent father as he longs for a kind word, a hug, an affirmation of his worth. We meet his big-hearted German Oma, who cares for him as his mother selfishly walks away to pursue her own happiness.