Summer 1947 • Vol. IX No. 3 Book Reviews |

Weltschmerz Refurbished

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Reynal and Hitchcock. $3.00. This novel resists classification. It cannot fairly be called a "first," a psychological," or a "philosophical" novel although it is obviously very close to the author's experience and shows evidence of high ambition and much thoughtful planning. Two Englishmen, a Frenchman and an American woman gather in a Mexican town to celebrate the self-destruction by drink of one of their number. The action takes place in twenty-four hours, is highly contrived, well paced, and intended to involve wide areas of experience by symbolic refraction. That it largely fails in the latter and remains inside the attitudes which provide its central myth is its limitation; that it is nevertheless one of the most readable novels to appear since the war is the victory of one kind of intelligence over the lack of another. My initial impression of its second-handedness deepened with each reading, an occasionally first-rate second-handedness

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