Under the Volcano

by Malcolm Lowry

Under the Volcano

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Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul lives in Mexico where he cannot escape his debilitating alcoholism. His ex-wife arrives on the Day of the Dead in 1938, and the book's events unfold over the course of the day.

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3 Antagonizing Protagonists You'll Love To Hate

Legend has it that Malcolm Lowry's friends kept suitcases next to their doors, so they could pretend to be leaving town if he came by wanting to stay over. By the time you've finished this brilliant semi-autobiographical novel, you'll understand why. Under the Volcano tells the story of an alcoholic British consul, Geoffrey Firmin, drinking himself to death in southern Mexico. Hovering blurrily in his vicinity as he stumbles from bar to bar (the book evokes drunkenness better than

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