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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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