Book Beat’s June Reading Group selection is The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray by Jorge Amado. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, June 26 at 7pm in the Goldfish Teahouse (117 W 4th St #101 Royal Oak, MI 48067). Books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!
The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray is the story of Joaquim Soares da Cunha, a Falstaff-like character who abandons his life of upstanding citizenship to assume the identity of Quincas Water-Bray, king of the Bahia lowlife and a ‘champion drunk.’ After a decade of revelry among bums, pimps, and prostitutes, he drops dead, and his prim family gathers for a proper burial. But when Quincas’s unsavoury friends show up with a bottle of rum, they whisk him along on a post-mortem journey to enjoy one last party-his own wake.
This short comic masterpiece is a searing indictment of class-ridden Brazilian society in the mid-twentieth century and a touching account of the bonds of true friendship, contrasted with family obligations.