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Beyond the Cape: Sin, Saints, Slaves, and Settlers (The Matata Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 8, 2015
"Braz Menezes, already a recognized writer, emerges here as an adept and highly skilled long-form storyteller as well... His true-to-life characters live it in their day-to-day activities. The circumstances of life in Goa and Kenya, and the realities of the times, the struggles in Africa between the disparate colonizers and native peoples and immigrant groups and developments in Europe . . . all unfold naturally as they touch the Goan community and the lives of the characters." John Ambury -Poet, Writers and Editors NetworkMatata did not only touch my emotions, but also my curiosity. Although I have a huge interest in world history my whole life, never knew about Portuguese Goa ... I was touched so deeply by Menezes' book and could hardly believe it was his debut. Will take me quite some time to get back to reality. This story must be told and retold. The facts about segregation and unfairness towards humans hit me hard." Henriette Schalekamp-Roux - Durban, South Africa --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Braz Menezes was born in the British colony of Kenya to immigrant parents from Goa (Portuguese India). He attended racially- segregated schools to the age of seventeen, during which he also spent two years in a Jesuit-run boarding school in Goa. After receiving his degree in architecture, he travelled to Liverpool on a Royal Commonwealth Scholarship to study urban planning. He returned to Kenya in 1966. However, within a decade, deteriorating political conditions forced him to bring his family to Canada in 1976, from where he was recruited by the World Bank to continue his obsession--addressing urban development and poverty alleviation in metropolitan cities. Since returning to Canada he has been active on various causes to help make Canada and the world a better place. His journey into the literary world did not start until after his return to Canada in 2004. He studied creative writing at George Brown College and later attended the mentorship program at Humber College. His debut novel, Just Matata-Sin, Saints and Settlers (2011), and More Matata-Love after the Mau Mau (2013), were both published by Matata Books, Toronto. Menezes is currently working on the third book of the Matata Trilogy. His work has appeared previously in various anthologies since 2010. The books* are available in both print and digital formats. So far they have attracted readers in the US, Canada, Britain, India, Kenya, France, Brazil, Australia, Sweden, and Greece, among others. Just Matata - Sin, Saints and Settlers* CAN ISBN: 978-0-9877963-0-1 USA ISBN-13: 978-1466360938 (CreateSpace-Assigned) More Matata – Love After the Mau Mau* CAN ISBN: 978-0-9877963-2-5 USA ISBN-13: 978-1480086339 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
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Lando has a sunny personality that is very engaging.
Got a small insight of the life in Goa and Kenya through the curious eyes of a young boy. Vivid memories and imagination, keen sense of humour! Wonderfully written, very entertaining, love it!