One way of telling a story is to have someone else do it for you. The idea of a long lost document, a letter or manuscript found and now retold via the author.
In this case it's a last will and testament that is used as the story of a successful but slightly eccentric businessman is told in a long and winding document. There are surprises in the will, including the disclosure of an illegitimate daughter and an insight into his views on wealth and spending.
But as the story, a memoir more than a will, starts to unfold there are signs that the life led by Senhor da Silva Araujo is one that no one really understood and there should be some more surprises to come.
A review follows on completion...