Under the Volcano

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Penguin UK, Feb 3, 2000 - Fiction - 400 pages
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It is the Day of the Dead. The fiesta in full swing. In the shadow of Popocatepeti ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate...and the ugly pariah dogs roam the streets. Geoffrey Firmin, HM ex-consul, is drowning himself in liquor and Mescal, while his ex-wife and half brother look on powerless to help him. As the day wears on, it becomes apparent that Geoffrey must die. It is his only escape from a world he cannot understand. UNDER THE VOLCANO is one of the century's great undisputed masterpieces.

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User Review  - ToddSherman - LibraryThing

“Their house was dying, only an agony went there now.” —Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry Alternately frustrating and beautiful. Discursive and illuminating. Drunk and sober. Efflorescent and ... Read full review

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User Review  - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing

This is a dark, introverted, burning sun of a novel, spanning the final day of drinking of a former British Consul to a small Mexican city. It artistically recreates the experience of the alcoholic ... Read full review

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Malcolm Lowry (1909 - 1957) was raised in England and died there but lived much of his troubled life semi-nomadically - in New York, Mexico and British Columbia.

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