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Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)

Lowry, Malcolm

ISBN 10: 0141182253 / 0-14-118225-3
ISBN 13: 9780141182254
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Softcover
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One of the twentieth century's great undisputed masterpieces, Malcolm Lowry's "Under the Volcano" includes an introduction by Michael Schmidt in "Penguin Modern Classics". It is the fiesta 'Day of the Dead' in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac. In the shadow of the volcano, ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate, ugly pariah dogs roam the streets and Geoffrey Firmin - ex-consul, ex-husband, an alcoholic and a ruined man - is living out the last day of his life. Drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him, the consul has become an enduring tragic figure. As the day wears on, it becomes apparent that Geoffrey must die. It is his only escape from a world he cannot understand. His story, the image of one man's agonised journey towards Calvary, became a prophetic book for a whole generation. Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) was born and died in England. Between school and studying English at St Catherine's College, Cambridge he spent five months at sea as a deckhand, an experience which gave him the material for his first novel, "Ultramarine" (1933). After marrying in Paris, he moved to New York where he completed "In Ballast to the White" (1936). "Under The Volcano" was begun in Hollywood, coloured by a short stay in the Mexico that it describes, and eventually finished in Dollarton, British Columbia. If you enjoyed "Under the Volcano", you might like F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Beautiful and the Damned", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A Faustian masterpiece". (Anthony Burgess).

About the Author:
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.

From AudioFile:
John Lee's evocative reading of Lowry's classic tale of delusion and drunkenness admirably explicates the stream-of-consciousness narrative and steers the shifts of perspective in this portrait of hopelessness on the eve of WWII. Lee's seamless transitions from English to Spanish to bits of French and German, coupled with his ability to mimic the upper-class English speech of Geoffrey and Hugh Firmin, the protagonist and his brother, make this a remarkable listening experience. Death hangs over the Mexican landscape like a shroud, and this audiobook evokes the magic and mystery, hope and despair of three intersecting characters--the brothers Firmin and Geoffrey's former wife, an American film star named Yvonne--on the Day of the Dead in Mexico in 1938. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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Book Description: Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 127 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. One of the twentieth century s great undisputed masterpieces, Malcolm Lowry s Under the Volcano includes an introduction by Michael Schmidt in Penguin Modern Classics . It is the fiesta Day of the Dead in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac. In the shadow of the volcano, ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate, ugly pariah dogs roam the streets and Geoffrey Firmin - ex-consul, ex-husband, an alcoholic and a ruined man - is living out the last day of his life. Drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him, the consul has become an enduring tragic figure. As the day wears on, it becomes apparent that Geoffrey must die. It is his only escape from a world he cannot understand. His story, the image of one man s agonised journey towards Calvary, became a prophetic book for a whole generation. Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) was born and died in England. Between school and studying English at St Catherine s College, Cambridge he spent five months at sea as a deckhand, an experience which gave him the material for his first novel, Ultramarine (1933). After marrying in Paris, he moved to New York where he completed In Ballast to the White (1936). Under The Volcano was begun in Hollywood, coloured by a short stay in the Mexico that it describes, and eventually finished in Dollarton, British Columbia. If you enjoyed Under the Volcano , you might like F. Scott Fitzgerald s The Beautiful and the Damned , also available in Penguin Classics . A Faustian masterpiece . (Anthony Burgess). Bookseller Inventory # KNV9780141182254

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Book Description: Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Penguin UK | Yvonne, Frau von Geoffrey Firmin, britischer Ex-Konsul in einer mexikanischen Kleinstadt am Fuße des Popocatepetl, hat sich von ihrem Mann getrennt, außerstande, dessen Selbstvernichtung durch Trunksucht mitanzusehen oder gar zu verhindern. Schließlich kehrt sie zurück und setzt noch einmal alles daran, den Mann zu retten, den sie nach wie vor liebt. Gemeinsam mit Hugh, Geoffreys unstetem, ziellosem Halbbruder, kämpft sie um sein Leben und wird unaufhaltsam in den Strudel einer verlöschenden Trinkerexistenz hineingezogen. Der Roman wurde von John Houston mit Albert Finney in der Hauptrolle verfilmt. | 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. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 280 gr | 198x129x17 mm | 373 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780141182254

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