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Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry, William T. Vollmann
Under the Volcano
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Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the consul's life—the Day of the Dead, 1938—his wife, Yvonne, arrives in Quauhnahuac, inspired by a vision of... show more
Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the consul's life—the Day of the Dead, 1938—his wife, Yvonne, arrives in Quauhnahuac, inspired by a vision of life together away from Mexico and the circumstances that have driven their relationship to the brink of collapse. She is determined to rescue Firmin and their failing marriage, but her mission is further complicated by the presence of Hugh, the consul's half brother, and Jacques, a childhood friend. The events of this one significant day unfold against an unforgettable backdrop of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical. Under the Volcano remains one of literature's most powerful and lyrical statements on the human condition, and a brilliant portrayal of one man's constant struggle against the elemental forces that threaten to destroy him.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780061120152 (0061120154)
ASIN: 61120154
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages no: 402
Edition language: English
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LAUREN B. DAVIS
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I know as a writer I'm supposed to LOVE this book. People say that no writer can afford not to read it, and none will fail to fall under its sway. Alas, I've managed exactly that. I'm sure it was groundbreaking at the time it was written, when there were quite a few writers -- mostly male and as ...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
3.0 Under the Volcano: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
I know as a writer I'm supposed to LOVE this book. People say that no writer can afford not to read it, and none will fail to fall under its sway. Alas, I've managed exactly that. I'm sure it was groundbreaking at the time it was written, when there were quite a few writers -- mostly male and as ...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
3.0 Under the Volcano: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
I know as a writer I'm supposed to LOVE this book. People say that no writer can afford not to read it, and none will fail to fall under its sway. Alas, I've managed exactly that. I'm sure it was groundbreaking at the time it was written, when there were quite a few writers -- mostly male and as ...
JulieM
JulieM rated it
2.0 Under the Volcano: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
I know I once said that I could listen to John Lee read the phone book. Although I'm not saying that listening to his narration of Under the Volcano is the same as listening to a recitation of a directory listing, I think I understood and enjoyed this book about the same amount. The story is the f...
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