Next Up: Under The Volcano
And onward we go. Book #41 will be Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, another novel that will cause me to jump in the cold water.
The novel tells the story of an alcoholic British consul, Geoffrey Firmin, in a small Mexican town on the Day of the Dead. The entire story takes place in one day’s time.
Some quick facts about Under The Volcano and Malcolm Lowry:
- Published in 1947, Under The Volcano is a semi-autobiographical tale of Malcolm Lowry’s life.
- John Huston directed a film version of the novel in 1984, receiving Oscar Nominations in several categories.
- In addition to appearing on the Time list, the book was ranked 11th by the Modern Library in their top 100 novels from the 20th century.
- In his song “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” Bob Dylan alludes to the novel.
- Lowry passed away in 1957, age 47, from “death by misadventure,” according to his doctors. That would be alcohol and sleeping pills.
- He wrote his own epitaph, which said: “Here lies Malcolm Lowry, late of the Bowery, whose prose was flowery, and often glowery. He lived nightly, and drank daily, and died playing the ukulele.”
So Lowry admits to being a flowery writer. That’s not promising. Good title, though.
Anyone familiar with Under The Volcano?