November 1, 2012

Good Thursday. All Saints’ Day in many places. Cleaning up after the witches’ Sabbath. In Latin countries families will be visiting the graves of their ancestors, many of them (the living) carrying picnic food to eat while they settle down around the graves. Very festive. There’s a wonderful novel by Malcolm Lowry called Under the Volcano that is set in Cuernavaca, Mexico on Dia de Todos Santos, All Saints’ Day, also called Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. The style is Joycean, though less difficult than Ulysses.

Such books are best read by starting at chapters 1 and 2, then reading 1 again, then 3, 2, 4, 3, 5, 4, 6, etc. IMHO. Knowing what comes next makes what came before more understandable, and rereading chapters as you go makes what comes next more understandable. “They” made a movie out of the book that doesn’t do it much justice. I read it 32 years ago in Antigua, Guatemala, which is located at the foot of a large volcano.

Antigua, Guatemala with Volcan Agua in the background

Nothing much going on yokelly besides the election. Everyone is your friend, including Ben Dover.

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