Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry


Summary: 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.

My review: This book was good but it was hard to read. If you know someone or have suffered with alcoholism I suspect this book is not easy to read at all. I found the book very well written and enjoyable, but at the same time it is hard to “enjoy” someone going through something like the characters are going through in the book.

The characters were believable and the back drop 1938 Day of the Dead will inspire you to travel to Mexico. I did enjoy this book a lot but again I feel very guilty saying I enjoyed a book where the characters are going through heavy stuff.

A MUST read for anyone wanting to visit Mexico, just be ready for some heavy drinking to the point you may in fact want to drink.

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