Popular Books on Cabo Verde

 

Cabo Verde is derived from the French word Cap Vert, and it is the name given to the westernmost cape of Africa. Cabo Vert is also commonly known as Cape Verde It is a country consisting of nine inhabited islands and on uninhabited islands. The majority of the population speak Portuguese, and the majority of the population is Roman Catholic. Cabo Verde is mostly dependant on imported food because of harsh climate conditions and droughts. The economy is largely dependant on tourism,trade, transport small-scale manufacturing.

Here is a list of books on Cabo Verde.

Listen! the Wind

This book is about the author’s and her husband’s journey from Africa to South America. They took a 16-hour Survey flight to travel in 1933 and faced a lot of issues during the flight.

Read it For:
Those who don’t have any interest in aircraft and its mechanics will also love this book
Don't Read it For:
some may not find the book very engaging
What makes this book stand out?:
This book won the National Book Award in 1938 and is a best-seller, all for the fact that the information in this book was legit.

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

This book is a tale about an English businessman, who is fond of sailing and who out on a voyage sponsored by the Sunday Times. in the rage of winning the prize and glory, the yachtsman loses his mind and gets stranded in the middle of Atlantic Ocean. This is a dark story of a man slowly going crazy.

Read it For:
this book is a must-read for all those looking for dark adventure, sailing venture and voyage.
Don't Read it For:
people who are not fond of boats and engineering may find it confusing.
What makes this book stand out?:
it is the most popular non-fiction book and has a documentary based on it, ”Deep Water.”

Seaside Dream

This book is a sweet story about a little girl and her immigrant grandmother celebrating her 70th birthday. The grandmother has had a wish for long, that is to see her sister who lives in Cape Verde. The little girl wishes to surprise her grandmother by fulfilling her wish.

Read it For:
this book is for all ages and has beautiful illustrations along.
Don't Read it For:
No such reason.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is the Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award Honor

Transnational Archipelago: Perspectives on Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora

This book is basically about how Cape Verde had given rise to the dispersion of the Jews from Israel during migration. It gives an account of how changes came in music, culture and gender relations of the country island due to migration.

Read it For:
It is a must-read for those who are interested to know about Cabo Verde.
Don't Read it For:
this book is not for fiction readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is among top-10 books on Cabo Verde. The book explains how things stand in the area and what were the reasons for being so.
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Chuva Braba

This book is a short story about a boy Mane Quim, belonging to a family of farmers. When a drought hits the island, all the produce is in great danger and family’s survival becomes difficult. Having a choice to move to Brazil with his Godfather and lead a good life, the boy chooses to live with family and face hardships.

Read it For:
this book gives a good account of local lives of people of Cabo Verde
Don't Read it For:
the translated version of the book has many typos
What makes this book stand out?:
The book was given the Fernão Mendes Pinto award and is one of the popular books on Cabo Verde because this book focuses on a family and their life beautifully.

Chiquinho

This book is about Chiquinho who leaves his birthplace to move to another place for education and work. Failing to have any he returns home yet again in the same situation. While growing up, he realizes that his childhood fantasies are no longer his own and he is hit by the real world.

Read it For:
this book is a unique combination of realism and fantasy
Don't Read it For:
it is a Portuguese language novel
What makes this book stand out?:
It comes under 10 best-selling books on Cabo Verde and is a popular reading choice as the book gives the readers a good insight into what life is here.

The Making of the Cape Verdean

This book is a based on the people who migrated from Cabo Verde Island to New Bedford Massachusetts in between 1800-1970. This book is about historical facts of the islands, how Portuguese colonised Cabo Verde and how the lives of people changed after moving to Bedford.

Read it For:
the book provides a great view into the lives of people and how they survived famine, torture, imprisonment etc.
Don't Read it For:
it is a Portuguese language novel
What makes this book stand out?:
this is the best documentation on Cabo Verde.

Selected Poems of Corsino Fortes

This book is a collection of poems written by Corsino Fortes on fortifying the island's history of immigration, exile and African nature.

Read it For:
there is no other book which gives poems written on Cabo Verde
Don't Read it For:
if you find it hard to understand the true meaning of a poem then this book may not be for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book was featured in the 2016 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.

The Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo

This because is a story about a man named Napumoceno da Silva Araujo who was a rich businessman in Cabo Verde. The man lived a considerable long life, and when he died, he left everybody in shock by leaving a 300-page will for his illegitimate daughter. Nobody knew about this daughter till he died and money he left was all a share from the sexcapades.

Read it For:
it’s a short story of 151 pages and keeps you interested in the writing style.
Don't Read it For:
the translated version of this book has pretty long sentences.
What makes this book stand out?:
the author received an award for this book for promoting Portuguese in the year 2005.

História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands

In this book the author describes her stay as a teacher, for 2 years in Cabo Verde along with her husband. The author describes how she was suffering from personal problems during her stay and how difficult it was for her in the city because she was not a native of the nation.

Read it For:
this book gives an insight of the problems and hardships faced by the people of Peace Corps in Cabo Verde Island.t he book is easily available as an e-book.
Don't Read it For:
it gives limited insight into the culture of Cabo Verde
What makes this book stand out?:
it is one of the best books on Cabo Verde, the book is rich with descriptions and will leave you emotional in the end.

 

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