Sunday, 4 June 2017
Brazilian Tequila a Journey Into the Interior
It's part travel biography and part fictionalised account of a trip into the heart of Brazil.
We follow Gus, a middle-aged Irish writer and journalist, as he leaves his old and humdrum life in London to move a a warmer climate. And Brazil is the country to which he decides to move.
Gus arrives in Brazil with certain preconceptions, as all travellers do to one extent or another, but as he flies round the country Gus learns things that shake his preconceived ideas.
For example, corruption is seen as the norm in Brazil and everyone accepts it, and it is plainly obvious that the first democratic elections in many decades are, in fact, not free, democratic elections in the accepted sense of the term, as it is clearly obvious that the elections were being rigged.
During his Brazilian travels Gus meets many people who he perceives to be victims of Brazilian society, such as the young and the poor, yet he is nonplussed to discover that they do not, necessarily, see themselves as being victims.
Yet there are times when his conviction that his European ideals are the correct ones are brought inot question.
He hopes to visit his hero the Brazilian writer Ubaldo Ribeiro to seek guidance. He finds the island that is where Ribeiro has his home, he even sees him form a distance several times, but loses his nerve and never actually approaches him.
Instead he writes him a letter.
It's a fascinating insight not only into Brazil but also into a protagonist, Gus.
It is also illustrated with a number of photographs and images.
It is published by Matador at £10.99 and is available for purchase at https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.