The Cape Town Book Presents A Fresh Picture Of The Mother City, One That Brings Together All Its Stories From Geology And Beaches To Forced Removals And Hip Hop, Nechama Brodie, Author Of The Best Selling The Joburg Book, Has Delved Deeply Into The Hidden Past Of Cape Town To Emerge With A Lucid And Compelling Account Of South Africa S First City, Its Landscape And Its People The Book SChapters Trace The Origins And Expansion Of Cape Town From The City Bowl To The Southern And Coastal Suburbs, The Vast Expanse Of The Cape Flats And The Sprawling Northern Areas Offering A Nuanced, Yet Balanced, Perspective On Cape Town, The Book Includes Familiar Attractions Like Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch And The Company S Garden, While Also Giving A Voice To Marginalised Communities In Areas Such As Athlone, Langa, Mitchells Plain And Khayelitsha Many Of The Images In The Book Have Never Been Published Before, And Are Drawn From The Archives Of Museums, Universities And Public Institutions This Beautifully Illustrated, Information Rich Book Is The Definitive Portrait Of The Wind Blown, Contradictory City At The Southern Tip Of Africa That Than Three Million People Call Home Though I m a born and bred Capetonian, and reckoned I was au fait with everything I thought I knew about the Mother City, Nechama Brodie opened my eyes to quite a lot about my stomping ground that was fresh This is a big book inthan one way not only considering its physical dimensions but also the depth and breadth of its content The Cape Town Book covers not only the city s natural history and geography, but also tells the story of the many people who have lived around the slopes of Table Mountain.Cape Town s history stretches much further back than that of the refreshment station established by the Dutch back in the 1600s, and as such, the city has been shaped by the devastating effects of colonialism Cape Town is thus a melting pot where Africa meets Asia and Europe, and though many of its people s stories bear testimony to a legacy of inequalities, they are nonetheless fascinating and I feel enriched by having discovered them For me, in particular, this book filled many gaps that were omitted from my history lessons during my school days In particular, I found the history of Islam in Cape Town fascinating I really had no idea so many Muslim saints were buried here The realisation of exactly how intrinsic the slave trade was to the city during its early days was also a revelation much of this had been glossed over me Brodie goes in depth with apartheid history, and the section about Robben Island in particular is both terrible and fascinating.The Cape Town Book is jam packed with information and illustrated in full colour with plenty of visuals, including photos and reproductions of historical prints, as well as helpful suggestions for further reading Scattered throughout is advice on places to visit and supplementary information panels Not only is this a great book for visitors to the Mother City, but with its stunning layout and well planned format, it s exactly the kind of hefty tome that deserves a permanent place in my collection. Cape Town from the dawn of man to current dayGreat detailed history of the citywarts and all Each chapter has many small side bars Love the links to additional information and recommended reads on specific topics.
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- 328 pages
- The Cape Town Book
- Nechama Brodie
- 10 October 2019 Nechama Brodie