Under the Volcano: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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The acclaimed classic about one fatal day in a small Mexican town, hailed by the Modern Library as one of the one hundred best English novels of the twentieth century

Former British consul Geoffrey Firmin lives alone with his demons in the shadow of two active volcanoes in South Central Mexico. Gripped by alcoholism, Geoffrey makes one last effort to salvage his crumbling life on the day that his ex-wife, Yvonne, arrives in town. It’s the ...
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Under the Volcano: A Novel

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Overview



The acclaimed classic about one fatal day in a small Mexican town, hailed by the Modern Library as one of the one hundred best English novels of the twentieth century

Former British consul Geoffrey Firmin lives alone with his demons in the shadow of two active volcanoes in South Central Mexico. Gripped by alcoholism, Geoffrey makes one last effort to salvage his crumbling life on the day that his ex-wife, Yvonne, arrives in town. It’s the Day of the Dead, 1938. The couple wants to revive their marriage and undo the wrongs of their past, but they soon realize that they’ve stumbled into the wrong place and time, where not only Geoffrey and Yvonne, but the world itself is on the edge of Armageddon.
 
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the towering novels of [the twentieth] century,” Under the Volcano stands as an iconic and richly drawn example of the modern novel at its most lyrical.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453286296
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 50,302
  • File size: 6 MB

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Malcolm Lowry (1909–1957) was a British novelist and poet whose masterpiece Under the Volcano is widely hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Born near Liverpool, England, Lowry grew up in a prominent, wealthy family and chafed under the expectations placed upon him by parents and boarding school. He wrote passionately on the themes of exile and despair, and his own wanderlust and erratic lifestyle made him an icon to later generations of writers. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Overrated

    This is a story of one day in the life of an alcoholic, written as a portrayal of his inner thought processes of going from one drink to the next. Overall I did not feel it was worth reading. There really isn't any plot and the ending seemed to be a crude way of just stopping the book arbitrarily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    Absolutamente necesario!

    The disintegration of The Consul in the course of one day in Mexico under the two volcanoes Popo and Izta. A rare and phenomenal look inside the mind of an alcoholic. -- (un-sugarcoated, beautiful, terrifying, funny, but debilitating none the less and every word rings true - a must read for any serious drinker)-- A brilliant visionary author, second to none. Lowry takes some getting used to, with his many looping sentences, and I often had to read through twice or thrice to understand, but as soon as I put it down, I wanted to read it again. After only the first 40 pages, it became my new favorite novel. Under the Volcano usually shows up in the top 10 list of Best Modern Novels...it isn't there for nothing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    A true 20th Century Masterpiece

    A most symbolic work that gets to the core of human hope and anguish. A multi-layered tale of Man confronted with the choice between terror or love as well as condemnation or redemption. Can be challanging if you plumb its' depths but they are there and well worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2001

    This is Life!!!

    Now this is a great book about life and the struggle of man. Unlike Eduardo Paz-Martinez, that hack who should stop trying and has no talent whatsoever, this writer knows how to write well and write about real men and the real Mexican border. This is a really good book on the beast called man, and the harsh land called Mexico.

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