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not the best, just the most remarkable
on 15 May 2017
Under the Volcano is the most remarkable book I have ever read, not the best, just the most remarkable. It is certainly not an easy book to read and as a story it does not include much action. When I originally finished it I admit I was a little disappointed with the ending. But the more I thought about it the more remarkable I found the whole book. What Lowry has done has created a structure out of words, a very carefuly crafted structure. You come to understand why it took so many years to write and why Lowry would throw away entire chapters and rewrite them.
Under the Volcano is metaphor built on metaphor, where everything has mulitple meanings, depths within depths. The story eventually reaching a crescendo where metaphor and reality meet. This book will stand many readings as there are still themes and threads to the story whose meaning eludes me and yet the parts I do understand mark this book as something truly unique in literature.