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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Malcolm Lowry Narrator: Nick Ullett Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Beneath the twin shadows of Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl in Mexico, the Consul is drunk. He staggers from bar to bar hoping to find salvation staining the bottom of the next glass. His lonely existence is disrupted when his former wife, Yvonne, returns with, Hugh, the Consul's half-brother. But the reunion turns sour when a local peasant turns up dead, beginning a series of events that will decide the Consul's fate. In the course of one day an entire life is chronicled, set against the backdrop of Europe during the Spanish Civil War. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/16/2014

    " lowry's style was very hard to follow. it's not that I couldn't follow the constant symbolism - I got that. it was the very abrubt jumping from one thing to another that hugged me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/5/2014

    " struggled to get through this one. "

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/6/2014

    " My absolute favorite novel. Like Ulysses with more heart. Linguistic madness; tragedy at its finest. Everyone needs to read this. Underrated is an understatement, big time. If you love this novel, check out Pursued By Furies , an amazing biography of Lowry (who's pretty interesting, to say the least). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela Sanchez | 1/4/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Comito | 1/1/2014

    " Holy Jesus this book kicked the shit out of me - dense and hallucinatory and leaden with this sense of creeping doom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Gordon | 12/17/2013

    " The most affecting book I have read - a man sentient, in an dark underbelly twisted kind of way, of his own death - drinking himself toward it - crazy symbolism and vivid portents of his own death plague and haunt him but he ignores them playing out his own self-deception "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duncan | 12/2/2013

    " A tortuous read, but one of the most amazing books ever, written by a guy who was every bit as ravaged and inspired by alcohol as the lead character. Truly one of the greates British novels ever, in my view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Harris | 2/18/2013

    " Still not quite sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand, it's an excellent portrayal of a drunken mind. On the other, you just want to tell these people to get over it. I think I'm over the heavy literature stuff. I prefer happy endings these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/16/2012

    " Hallucinatory. Elegant. Funny and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maren | 8/31/2012

    " 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 Marvey | 6/13/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Bravman | 5/6/2012

    " Just realized that I finished this some time ago... and that I'm ready to start on it again. It's the sort of story and writing whose rhythms, nuances and insights deepen with one's age and accumulated time on life's roller coaster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miik | 12/16/2011

    " Hard to describe, but I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelby | 4/19/2011

    " This book was a tedious bore. Struggled through this since October! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerio | 4/3/2011

    " One of the few UNIVERSAL books of '900. "

  • 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.