Under the Volcano (Paperback)

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Simultaneously horrific and blindingly beautiful, Lowry's masterwork of alcoholic annihilation-- set against the backdrop of the Day of the Dead in Mexico-- charges along with frightening intensity and wild-eyed, feverish delivery. Highly challenging, yes, and occasionally uncomfortable, but definitely worth it. --Todd

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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 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061120152
ISBN-10: 0061120154
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 10th, 2007
Pages: 402
Language: English
Series: P.S.