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2.0 out of 5 stars Stacked, as by some half-repenting poltergeist, 22 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
An infuriating book. It offers a compelling story, interesting characters, insight into the alcoholic state of mind, all painted against a vibrant landscape in pre-war Mexico, and all are buried beneath a tortuously rambling writing style that makes parts of the book virtually unreadable. I wanted to like this so much more than I did, and even found some memorable passages in it, but as a whole the prose was just to confused to be enjoyable.

To make matters worse, the Kindle edition is littered with errors that could have been resolved with a bit of old-fashioned proof-reading. Type sizes are all over the place; the volcano that the story is set under is Popacatepetl, yet it is rendered as "Popacateped" half of the time; you see "die" instead of "the", "1" instead of "!", or even misplaced full-stops randomly inserted mid-sentence. When you are struggling through one of Lowry's baffling five-page paragraphs you don't want to be tripped up by typos. Too many publishers seem to have a misplaced faith in the accuracy of their digitization process and see proof-reading as an unnecessary expense for e-books. They're displaying nothing but contempt for e-book buyers, especially when, as with this book, the electronic version costs more than the paperback.
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2013, 14:07:04 GMT
Mike Mooney says:
It's Popocatépetl, actually. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013, 17:41:12 GMT
Harimanjaro says:
See, the errors were so bad they even spread to my review.

Posted on 6 Jun 2014, 10:40:38 BST
CJ Loades says:
Who cares about the kindle edition?? Just review the book for Heavens sake!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2016, 19:42:53 GMT
Dimlocator says:
This question not unimportant. I had an experience of a Kindle edition where continual errors (two or so a page, & I read in pretty large format) were such an irritant that I gave up a book I would have otherwise finished. Who likes shoddy punctuation or poor spelling?
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