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Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry

Bowker, Gordon

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ISBN 10: 057125280X / ISBN 13: 9780571252800
Published by Faber & Faber, 2009
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Title: Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

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Malcolm Lowry was a ferocious malcontent, freewheeling to self-destruction with the help of mescal, cooking sherry, even bottles of skin bracer ... Rarely has a writer so elaborated his own legend as did Lowry. He was mythogenic; not only could he make the wildest nonsense about himself credible, but encouraged others to add to it. This makes him a murderous subject for a biography ... Gordon Bowker is a trustworthy guide. Fabulously methodical in his research, he has traced various members of the Lowry family as well as the writer's first wife. Pursued by Furies is a gigantic tome, but Bowker writes well and keeps the pages turning. This is probably the last word on Lowry and a handsome achievement ... a fine, intelligent biography.' Ian Thomson, Guardian 'Intelligent and painstaking ... Pursued by Furies is a cool, thorough and not uncritical appraisal of a dreadful life and is not likely to be superseded.' Ian Hamilton, Sunday Telegraph 'Gripping and thoroughly engaged ... Lowry's biography won't have to be done again.' Martin Amis, Independent on Sunday

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Malcolm Lowry often doused his talent in alcohol, was haunted by coincidence, worshipped some unsavoury heroes, turned himself inside out so that his gentleness splintered into violence, and, above all, lived forever in fear that he might be found out.

Lowry is hounded--a college friend dies, a manuscript is stolen, a home is burned down, a marriage disintegrates unfathomably--and he always flees.  His bewitching letters entrance first one wife, then another; but rarely does stability last.  In and out he goes--of bars, of countries, of clinics, of jail--eventually achieving some kind of respite in Dollarton, British Columbia, where he manages to carve out of his curious experience in Mexico his magnificent novel Under the Volcano.

Gordon Bowker's great achievement is to set before us Lowry's epic, frustrating story, its contradictions and comedies intact, without distortion or embellishment: friends, relatives, wives and doctors, archives, letters and travel have helped to pain an unblinking portrait of the man and the writer.

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