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Botafogo By Glen A. Phillips
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Botafogo, a Portuguese word meaning “to set fire”, Botafogo is also a neighbourhood that features prominently in this novel, and was once home to one of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous... More > football teams: Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas. Drugs, corruption, murder, deceit, passion, and hate – all rolled into one in Glen Albert Phillips’ latest novel, set in Rio de Janeiro. This is a story of two worlds, told through a dozen lives in a city of fire: rich and poor, old and young, peaceful and violent, loving and deceitful, black and white, good and evil. Rio de Janeiro, with its stunning geographical setting, its diversity of races and religious beliefs, and its explosive mix of rich alongside poor, is indeed a place to set fire.< Less
The Road to Benguela By Glen A. Phillips
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A fictional narrative recounted through time by a boy tracing his family’s search for acceptance, safety, and stability across three continents from 1880 to the present. It is a touching story... More > of wondering, a tale of our innate need to be different yet the same as those around us, to somehow blend in with our surroundings while not losing our sense of uniqueness and individuality. The narrator, a nameless boy from an immigrant family, finds himself caught up in the tides of political struggle, forced to watch as his family, community, and country are torn apart by the tyranny of Apartheid. Through events beyond his control, he is swept from Africa to a new land and compelled to confront his own individuality, while trying to find acceptance from others for his own deep secrets.< Less