It's hard to admit it didn't start a feeling between me and author Malcolm Lowry and one of what we have actually to consider as his fundamental opera, the novel "Under the Volcano" released first time in 1947. Proposed by the same authors as it was a kind of drunken "The Divine Comedy", the novel it'ìs the story of counselor Geoffrey Firmin, in practice an alter ego of the same Malcolm Lowry. He is from the United Kingdom but he was in practice exiled in Mexico (a place Malcolm Lowry did know well because of his many travels). Once in love with his wife Yvonne, when she left Firmin did become alcohol addicted. The whole narration it's actually told by his point of view in which everything around him and the contact he got with all of the characters of the novel (among them there's actually also Yvonne, who was actually back to Mexico) is completely distorced. Into a series of an hyponitic and artificious constructions by the author we are completely involved into the dimension of Geoffrey Firmin into a story and a book that's you could completely comprehend also if you reached into the process to get a concrete and complete coincidence with him. On the other hand everything it does appear to be of my whole interest and I really admired the style adopered by the author but well after all I wasn't able the same to really get in touch with him and that absolutely compromised my appreciation of the opera into its true meaning. That does actually justify my judice. Guess I had eventually to get into the reading again into the future. Perhaps I'm going to change my mind but for now I've to say I absolutely feel like I was cold relating the contents and like the same author was trying to not get me immersed into the lecture and willing the reader to really and concretely get in touch with him. Which was weird: I mean something just didn't work....Continua
Fantasmi e mescal, e di conseguenza straniera deliranti. Sinceramente, l'ho trovato un po' faticoso.
About the last day in the life of "The Consul" in Mexico...alcoholic writer's Malcolm Cowley one great novel...spawned a great movie w same title by John Huston and several great biographies and an Academy Award winning documentary...If I required ten books that must be read or listened to in order to be a "citizen" in my "country", this would be one....Continua
This book appears on every greatest-books list I've come across, but something here was lost on me. I found the parts written in the Consul's drunken style to be irritating.