Among The Jacaranda: Buds of Matata in Kenya (The Matata Trilogy) (Volume 3)


Author: Braz Menezes

9789387676565 | PB | pp.274 | 2019 | CinnamonTeal Publishing

Among the Jacaranda is the third fascinating book in the Braz Menezes’ Matata Series.

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“Our Goan boys are leaving their diplomas behind and bringing back English brides,” a mother laments.

Lando narrates another captivating period, this time in post-Independence Kenya. It’s the 60s. The winds of change have blown across the Empire and mass coloured immigration into the UK has begun. Stephen, the son of a Kikuyu house servant snatched during Operation Anvil (1954) at age seven, and imprisoned by the British in a Mau Mau Detention Village, suddenly and mysteriously reappears at Lando’s doorstep ten years later. The beautiful idealist, Eleanor, enters the picture and soon discovers the ruthless legacy of the colonial system as she faces difficult new challenges.

Among the Jacaranda is the third fascinating book in the Braz Menezes’ Matata Series, after Just Matata, reissued in an expanded second edition as Beyond the Cape (1920-1950), and More Matata (1951-1963).

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About the Author

Braz Menezes was born in British-ruled Kenya to parents from Goa, India (then Portuguese India). He decided to chronicle his experience of living through the last fifty years of Imperial power in the Portuguese and British Empires, in the Matata Series. (Matata means trouble in Kiswahili). He has travelled extensively in Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Korea, among others, with the World Bank. Before this he led a different life as an architect and urban planner. He turned to the pen to escape retirement and now lives in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.


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