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'Pedro Mendoza's Violin': An enchanting story about how a violin can change our destiny.

May 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Greetings to all.

Can anyone really imagine how it must be to be a young boy and to live next to a huge garbage dump in Manila? And to work collecting garbage from that dump? Day after day, with no future and no hope of escape from this life of dreadful poverty. But all things in the human web of existence are linked and a man in Manila who is dying of leukemia tells his family that they must throw away his beloved violin on his death. All material things are transient and we must let go of them to allow our spirits to be liberated. Magically, Pedro Mendoza, the little boy, finds the violin on the garbage dump and becomes infatuated with it. He begins to play and it brings out a gift and a talent in him for music and for the violin. He is by "luck" discovered by an Australian who is being shown around the slum where Pedro lives. He hears Pedro playing Vivaldi and is entranced by the music and energized by this discovery. He arranges a music scholarship for Pedro in Australia and Pedro becomes a famous violinist. But there is one more thing Pedro must do to fulfill his destiny.....

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My book is called 'Pedro Mendoza's Violin' and is available on Please read it; it is a beautiful and inspiring story, with 5-star Amazon ratings. Musical instruments can shape our fate and our destiny, and everything happens for a reason.

Best wishes to all readers from Duncan Alexander McKenzie, R.N.

Here is one of the Amazon reviews:
"This is a story of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Pedro is a young boy who grows up in a poverty stricken area and whose life is full of constant struggles. However he finds solace when he plays his violin and is able to journey out of poverty. This story is packed full of empowerment and shows you that you have the power to choose your destiny. This novel is a truly inspiring story that will make you think about what you have in your life."

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