Just a couple of readers’ reviews in praise of Braz Menezes’ Matata series.
Menezes' books in Toronto. Although on vacation in Toronto with family I started reading the books starting with Volume 1 "Beyond the Cape". Once I started on the I could not put them down finding time in between catching up with family. Needless to say I was probably not a very good house
Braz Menezes’s earlier ‘Matata’ series have held prime location in our bookshelves. I have awaited, with anticipation, the latest release of ‘Lando’s experiences’ and, on receipt of ‘Among the Jacaranda’, any previous plans I had were immediately jettisoned as I could not put the book down – it makes compelling and interesting reading….
The book is a work of ‘historical fiction’ but the level of detail, the degree of real angst and the life-like descriptions depict what can only be gained from the experiences of very real events. The period covers interesting times and Lando faces challenging career choices, financial hardships (and the odd gain), relationship complications based on cultural differences and must now confront numerous global challenges that have become all too familiar in a fast-changing world. Throughout the book ‘the now mature Lando’ applies the same unique level of integrity in respect of his romantic outlook, taking decisions and analysing situations that was instilled in him during his youth. Somehow the author’s sense of humour and irony makes what could have been, so easily, an embittered story into one that is vitally compelling and amusing.
I am delighted to read that Menezes is working on a fourth Matata book, having re-read ‘Among the Jacaranda’ for a second time in a short period I now have something new to look forward to. Keep writing !