By Mark Helprin
An previous American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English instructor on the naval academy, he's married to a girl younger sufficient to be his daughter and has a bit son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain backyard in Niterói, overlooking the ocean.
As he reminisces and writes, putting the pages rigorously in his antproof case, we research that he was once an international battle II ace who used to be shot down two times, an funding banker who met with popes and presidents, and a guy who used to be by no means now not in love. He used to be the thief of the century, a assassin, and a protector of the blameless. And all his existence he waged a valiant, wasting, one-man conflict opposed to the world's so much insidious enslaver: coffee.
Mark Helprin combines event, satire, flights of transcendence, and excessive comedy during this "memoir" of a guy whose lifestyles reads just like the music of the 20th century.