Lunar Caustic

Lunar Caustic Bill Plantagenet is a British jazz pianist alcoholic ferving reader of Melville and passionate about big boats When he arrives to New York finds that everything in his life have been sinking and lo

  • Title: Lunar Caustic
  • Author: Malcolm Lowry
  • ISBN: 9780224613408
  • Page: 351
  • Format: None
  • Bill Plantagenet is a British jazz pianist, alcoholic, ferving reader of Melville and passionate about big boats When he arrives to New York, finds that everything in his life have been sinking and losses, like his own band and his companion, Ruth His pilgrimage by the taverns of the city port culminates in a psychiatric hospital, in fact a hell, or a stranded boat, depeBill Plantagenet is a British jazz pianist, alcoholic, ferving reader of Melville and passionate about big boats When he arrives to New York, finds that everything in his life have been sinking and losses, like his own band and his companion, Ruth His pilgrimage by the taverns of the city port culminates in a psychiatric hospital, in fact a hell, or a stranded boat, depending on how you look, a prison, where hell share his time and fortune with sailors, drunken, poor and solemnity characters like the old Kalowsky evicted, the young Garry or Battle, the black guy While watching the boats passing by the East River Bill understands that Dr Claggart, the psychiatrist who is in care of him, will never heal his sick soul.

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    1. 3 Pentagrams/3 Swords/3 GoatheadsAt 76-pages, Lunar Caustic is slim by anyone’s measure. Maybe it can serve as a crash course for the uninitiated to Lowry as it touches upon all his hallmarks: booze, madness, the sea, booze. It really is quite fantastic and contains some goddamn harrowing passages regarding delirium tremens that left me shaking with memory’s ghost. If you’ve ever had to detox from a long bender, this slender book will have you doing that hebejebe move with your head/neck/s [...]

    2. Only around 50 pages but really good, probably the best short story i've ever read. it's about insanity and degeneration.

    3. The Purgatorio of Lowry's trilogy that would eventually expand to a 7 book series. It's set in the town where Moby Dick starts, and features a typical Lowry-ian drunk protagonist. It's also has the classic drunk hallucinations, but with the added feeling of swaying/being on a boat. The prose itself seems to lilt and tilt with the protagonist as he stumbles from bar to rehab. The jazz scenes were particularly great.

    4. Malcolm Lowry began writing this novella In 1936 but due to his turbulent lifestyle he didn't finish it until some years later. The main character, if he could be described as such, is Bill Plantagenet, a piano player who has drunk himself into a nervous breakdown. Bill admits himself voluntarily into hospital for treatment and it is here we pick up the story, told from his point of view. From reading a little into Lowry's life it appears the story is semi-autobiographical in nature. Lowry himse [...]

    5. Nothing in the way of mind blowing. A few sad, profound observations on loneliness and damaged people. The chapter between Bill and the doctor is the real highlight. There is something damning in the response from the doctor that "This is only a city hospital" to accusations of cruelty and filth. No denial on his part. I really liked this bit:"But you see I remember well the last few days before I came here and I was drinking heavily. I remember every movement, every slow lurch, every place wher [...]

    6. Its hard not to approach this book knowing that it was written by the guy who wrote Under the Volcano (which very well might be my favorite novel) and just because he wrote UtV, I wanted to give this novella a bunch of leeway (but it actually set my expectations too high). Originally I was going to give it 3 stars, but truthfully I didn't enjoy it very much. The drunken stream of consciousness of UtV was replaced with a story about his time in a mental institution, and the bulk of the story focu [...]

    7. A drunken sailor, Plantagenet, staggers through the streets of New York, his mind torn and ragged, and his only hope of salvation the city's mental hospital. Inside the hospital, and in-between bouts of delirium and horrific visions, he makes friends with a few of the inhabitants, all of whom are struggling to understand their place in the institution, as they once struggled to understand their place in the wider world.Plantagenet's immurement gradually reveals the degenerate behaviour of the pa [...]

    8. Lowry had only two books published during his lifetime - Ultramarine and Under the Volcano. Lunar Caustic, a novella, was edited from several drafts by Lowry's widow and his literary executor. An earlier version had been submitted for publication to a magazine, but Lowry had withdrawn it. Partly auto-biographical, as was much of Lowry's fiction, it's also typical of him. A sailor voluntarily commits himself to a lunatic asylum in New York, the novella describes his time there, the people he meet [...]

    9. This is a novella about an alcoholic finding himself in a mental hospital in New York after a binge. I assume it's based on the author's own experience as he had a serious alcohol problem, and this certainly has the kind of quality of harsh truthfulness about it that's hard to fake. An obsession with Melville is evident throughout - the doctor's even called Claggart. There's little in the way of story, but the writing's brilliant, although Lowry's hyper-poetic style won't be for everybody. "Unde [...]

    10. Ce petit bouquin sur la maladie mentale a sûrement été lu par ceux qui ont fait la music video «Basket Case » de Green Day ou bien encore le film One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. La matière tragi-comique est cependant mieux traité dans ces œuvres mentionnés, car le livre ne réussit jamais á décoller et fait plutôt penser á un très mauvais trip.

    11. Not really my cup of teaAfter a promising beginning, that novella descends into a tedious mess of overly symbolic, but completely pointless stream-of-consciousness ramblings, without any hint of a plot. The end is good again - if only the whole book had been written like that!

    12. A quick, fascinating read that makes you muddle through some dark waters before shining a terrifyingly bright light of malice and melancholy in your eyes. I was happy to finish it - like walking out of a fun house when the power's gone dead.

    13. Haunting story of a man staying at a psych ward to treat his alcoholism. His own mind becomes the prison as he experience visions of his time as a sailor mixed with his experiences in the ward.

    14. No es una obra maestra como Bajo el volcán, eso está claro. Pero tiene momentos emotivos y sumamente poéticos que la convierten en una pequeña y entrañable historia.

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