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A Companion to Under the Volcano

by (author) Lawrence J. Clipper & Christopher Ackerley

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1984
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An item-by-item discussion of the innumerable, often obscure details of Malcolm Lowry's novel, this book comprises 1,600 notes covering some 7,000 specific points. The notes are keyed to page numbers in the Penguin paperback and the two standard hardback editions. The appendices include a glossary, bibliography, maps of the region, and an index of motifs.

In their comprehensive but unpedantic commentary on the novel's complexities, the authors' emphasis is on the narrative level. All points of obscurity are followed by an interpretation of fact. Thus references are noted to films, books, places, foreign languages, and national and tribal histories. Special attention is given to the literary, mystical, and Mexican background.


About the authors

Contributor Notes

Chris Ackerley is a lecturer in the English department of the University of Otago, New Zealand. Lawrence J. Clipper is a professor in the English department at Indiana University, South Bend.

Editorial Reviews

Treasure house of riches ... send[s] readers back to the novel with fresh perceptions.

Canadian Literature

An important reference work that not only establishes the right context of relevant knowledge for proper understanding of the text, but also makes its own Lowry criticism.