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Lunar Caustic (Penguin Mini Modern Classics) Paperback – January 1, 2011


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin books, limited (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141196114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141196114
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read Under the Volcano, and have a read a number of his other works.
Clearly, Under The Volcano is his best novel but he has a number of other interesting works.

Lowry fought alcoholism much of his adult life and this is reflected in his writings including Ultramarine, Under the Volcano, and in the present work. The present novel was started in 1934, after the publication of Ultramarine. It is shorter than Ultramarine, just 76 pages. He worked on it for over two decades and it was still a work in progress when Lowry died 24 years later. It was first published until 1963 in the Paris Review. If you like Lowry, I recommend the collection of short stories Hear Us O Lord From Heaven They Dwelling Place in addition to Under the Volcano. There is a good sea story in that collection "Through the Panama" which is the source of the title of the collection.

The present story comes from Lowry's own life. Here the protagonist is finishing a sea voyage, landing in the summer heat of New York. The character checks into a New York mental hospital. It is about alcoholism and the time spent by the character, Bill Plantagenet, in the mental hospital - similar to Lowry's experience at Bellevue mental hospital in New York.

The novel lacks symmetry and the coherent structure of a conventional novel - similar to the rambling style of Ultramarine.

This is an interesting and chaotic book about the characters in the hospital.

Probably, it is not as good as some of his other works and Under the Volcano is his best.
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