The book revolves around the life of Brás de Oliva Domingos, an obituary writer from Brazil, who also happens to be the son of a famous writer. Reading the book is like stepping into an unparalleled world, consecutively entering parallel universes where one's life is mysteriously cut short over and over. Yet, the novel is only a small summation of all conceivable paths of life. In one, Brás becomes an acclaimed writer, like his dad. In another, he dies at age 11. In the end, he survives until the ripe old age of 76. Brás experiences love, and heartbreak. Success, and failure. Birth, death, and the cycle of life—children. And so much more.
Visually, the work is a splendor; verbally, the work is good as well. Together, they induce an emotional state causing one to reflect on his or her own life; or perhaps more accurately to give it: an honest meditation on mortality. Although life carries with it many disappointments and unexpected turns, Daytripper teaches us to look for, to remember those moments we will carry with us for our remaining days. The book does not necessarily provide us with answers to life's riddle, but it does teach us appreciation for what we have, what we've done—as the future is not certain. Absorb the moment, live it, don't let it pass you by. In order to go after your dreams—you must live your life. Wake up before it's too late.
The book does leave us with one clue to the riddle though.
Other notable quotes from the book:
The young open the paper to forget about life by reading the funny strips. The old do it to forget about death by reading other people's obits. My advice: Don't open the paper and go on with your life.
Death gives us a whole new perspective to living and everything else... everything else seems so minor and silly.
So what my dreams really show me is what my life can be once I open my eyes. My dreams tell me who I am.
He is the sole reason for your existence. (referring to his child)
Overall, we rate the book 9 out of 10. It is a highly recommended read for all audiences and can be purchased on Amazon. Have you read the book? What did you think?