|Plot Summary of Under the Volcano|
|"A former English diplomat, now resident in Mexico, divorced but with half-brother and ex-wife nearby, is intent on drinking himself to death because the "universe" or at least his perspective on it, is an absurdity. He succeeds but the reader accompanies him on his descent into his final resting place, a ravine where a dead dog is thrown after him. His perspective on the world makes perfect sense for that time in our history, much as the main character in CATCH 22, Yossarian, may be the only sane character in that masterpiece. Under the Volcano is written with considerable poetic force and is rich in imagery. Like all great literature it is an uplifting, cathartic, liberating read.
Ian Muldoon, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Under the Volcano|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- mentally ill
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
The Americas (not US):
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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