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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,977 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Malcolm Lowry Narrator: Christopher Cazenove Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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The horrors of alcoholism have never been so vividly, so comprehensively, or so sympathetically described as they are in Under the Volcano. Equally vivid is the picture of alcohol's attractions: the blessed painlessness that beckons from within the bottle. Against a backcloth, brilliantly described, of the magnificent, uncaring Mexican mountains, the Consul examines his disastrous life; he understands the pain he is causing to all who love him; he is aware that salvation is within his grasp; and yet he cannot save himself; he does not want to save himself... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 2/14/2014

    " Wow, what a novel. There's enough alcohol to make even the soberest of readers feel a bit tipsy, but rest assured, there are more elegant sentences and carefully constructed metaphors in this novel than drinks. And that's a whole lot. Not much happens physically or even develops philosophically, yet Lowry's style makes the novel move quickly and interestingly. And again, the writing: the work of an absolute master. Every sentence - and, in some paragraphs, each and every word - is carefully forged to the situational mood, narrator's mental state, and authorial interest at that particular moment. It spins you around, but not more than it ought; it effectively becomes explicit philosophically, but not so much as to intrude. A 'great' that lives up to its reputation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marc L | 2/10/2014

    " Ik hou wel van een intellectuele uitdaging, en dit is er zeker eentje, in de lijn van Joyce en andere modernisten. Maar de gelaagdheid en de vernuftige fragmentering gaan in deze roman schuil onder een flinke laag alcohol, en dat werkt op zijn zachtst gezegd erg benevelend. Het boek bevat zeker magnifieke passages, maar het bekoort niet, zelfs niet als je het leest als een allegorie van een wereld die ten onder gaat, kort voor de tweede wereldoorlog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordy | 2/3/2014

    " SUMMER 2008. Struggled with this modern "classic" for longer than I would like to admit. Utterly tiresome and meandering pages gave way to truly beautiful and transcendent passages (moments of clarity, you might say). I had read an article in the New Yorker about Lowry, and I was very excited to read his book, as many consider it a 20th century masterpiece, but having read it I can only proffer a shrugging recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/26/2014

    " Difficult but rewarding tale of the last day in the life of an alcoholic (serious, serious alcoholic) expat in Mexico. Forget the story and give into the stream of consciousness and dreamy language. There are so many great lines that this is definitely one to underline. An interest in the self destructive (serious, serious self destructive) would be helpful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grimmm | 1/25/2014

    " Story was ok, wouldve given it one star, but the writing style and rhythm was unique. Definitely worth a reread as I feel I missed out on key points due to abrubt shifts in narration. A very intense and very heavy book that is worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/21/2014

    " It took me some time to really sink myself into this, and that's solely based on the fact that the excessive allusions and varying narrators threw me for a loop. I cannot deny, however, that reflecting upon the book led me to praise both the ending, as well as the entirety of the writing. Language likes this rarely occurs, and one can easily see where the likes of Marquez and Llosa have borrowed and developed their own forms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/16/2014

    " This may be the best book I've ever read. Lowry uses details both fractured and mythical to construct what may be seen simultaneously as either a fucked-up washup's life in Mexico and a parable of the imposition of Christian constructs of hell and paradise on the failing ideals of a self-destructive mind. I loved this book for a lot of reasons: It is both thrilling and complex; its imagery is striking and believable; its characters are likeable and disastrous. I can't recommend it enough. I wish we read stuff like this in classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 1/16/2014

    " crunk as it gets. the greatest passage about an ash tray that i've ever read. The Lost Weekend is a related, and equally good, movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Featherbooks | 1/4/2014

    " Oh, to read this again for the first time as I did in Mexico. What masterful language and description, so evocative of the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Zahrt | 12/22/2013

    " Stunning book. Pour yourself a nice stiff drink, double-shot on the rocks, and enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruta Sevo | 12/13/2013

    " Not too easy to read the drunken prose of a consul in Quauhnahuac, Mexico, but you can get lost in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvey | 12/9/2013

    " Best novel I've read in a long while. Makes me want to live in Mexico and be a borracha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chiara Coletti | 11/30/2013

    " Strong, but, wow, I can't relate anymore. Must have been the man of the moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xotikos Xotikwn | 8/13/2013

    " One of the best novels of the 20th century. I read it every 7 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maren | 7/7/2013

    " Beautifully written, with a meandering pace that builds the story incredibly slowly, but culminates perfectly. I didn't fall in love with this book until the end -- at which point I went back immediately and re-read the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Murphy | 2/20/2013

    " A modern classic of Canadian literature. Serious readers will understand Lowry's approach but perhaps not for everyone. Recommend this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaclyn | 11/3/2012

    " this book is entertaining, but i just cannot ever get through it! its so hard to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/15/2012

    " I found drunk people in college more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Coffeen | 12/24/2011

    " I have tried unsuccessfully for years to finish this. If anyone has any tips, please let me know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 8/27/2011

    " very dense book. it takes the drunken perspective to new levels. helps to know spanish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 4/23/2011

    " Not for everyone - this classic tells the tale of an alcoholic in love with alcohol and his wife and somehow it all becomes an amazing metaphor for more than I'm sure I understood. Turned into a classic movie as well. I dog-eared lots of pages just b/c I enjoyed the writing so well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 3/14/2011

    " Slow, great ending. Poor bastard. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/21/2011

    " I know this book is held in very high esteem but it was a huge disappointment for me. I found it to be a confusing and meandering stream of drunken nothingness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 1/14/2011

    " Starts off slow - painfully slow - but gets better and better. Also invites rereading; there's way more going on than it seems at first. Might be best, if you don't have much Mexican history, to do a bit of research before reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vel | 1/14/2011

    " A bit difficult at times, but grand nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerrie | 1/8/2011

    " So far, heavy going, got better at the end. Would recommend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Potomacwill | 1/4/2011

    " This book has the most dramatic ending of the 70 or so critically acclaimed 100 Great Books Of The 20th Century that I have read. I put it that way because I have about 30 to go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 12/17/2010

    " i only managed to get through 60-70 pages of this, boring. Maybe i'll try to read it another time. "

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About the Author
Author Malcolm Lowry

Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) was born in England and attended Cambridge University. He spent much of his life traveling and lived in Paris, New York, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Italy, among other places. He is the author of numerous works, including Ultramarine and Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place.

About the Narrator

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.