It contains what Conrad Aiken would later call "the horse theme," so important in Under the Volcano. Between and , Lowry revised the novel with significant editorial assistance from Margerie Bonner , a process which occupied him completely: during those years Lowry, who had been wont to work on many projects at the same time, worked on nothing but the manuscript,  a process documented exhaustively by Frederick Asals. By , she was his unfaithful wife, and in that version and a revision chapter 11 ended with her and Hugh making love. But there is something about the destiny of the creation of the book that seems to tell me it just might go on selling a very long time. Under the Volcano and Ultramarine were both out of print by the time Lowry died of alcoholism and possibly sleeping pills in ,  but the novel has since made a comeback. In it was rated as number 11 on the list of the best novels of the 20th century compiled by the Modern Library.
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Esteban Fernandes F. Its a masterpiece. Great review. Drink all morning, they said to him, drink all day. This is life! They are but bit players. This is a novel where the main character is liquor and how liquor turns human blood and the nerves of the human nervous system into trillions of tiny colorful skulls, each skull with a mouthful of shinning white teeth chewing up the host human and, in turn, his relations with everything and everybody. I have lost my familiars, my guardian angels.
One must never forget either that alcohol is a food. Every day is the Day of the Dead around the globe for millions of alcoholics drinking under their personal volcano. To conclude on an up note, one of my favorite scenes is when Geoffrey, his former wife Yvonne and his half-brother Hugh attend a bullfight. Hugh jumps in the arena. Leaving his coat behind he had jumped from the scaffolding into the arena and was now running in the direction of the bull from which, perhaps in jest, or because they mistook him for the scheduled rider, the ropes were being whipped as by magic, Yvonne stood up: the Consul came to his feet beside her.
Bajo el volcán (novela)
Under the Volcano
BAJO EL VOLCAN