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.
This report prepared by Ian Muldoon