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Ultramarine: A Novel

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Malcolm Lowry’s stunning debut novel about a young man’s introduction to life at sea among the hard-living crewmembers of a freighter bound for South Asia

In this moving, coming-of-age precursor to Under the Volcano, protagonist Dana Hilliot seeks absolution from his upper-class British upbringing. He escapes the bourgeois provincialism of his origins by setting out to sea
ebook, 203 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1933)
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So I read ‘Through the Panama’ in Lowry’s only collection, Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, and was blown away. Perhaps the rest of the collection wasn’t as impressive, but I wanted to read more. Happily, I’d grabbed the aforementioned collection, Ultramarine, Lowry’s first novel, and Under the Volcano from my father’s Penguin paperback collection. But I also went further and picked up some first editions of his other books. And, er, Ultramarine, his first novel. Again. The edition ...more
good grief tgis book is bad. at 19 or whatever lowry was not a good enough writer to pull off the free-associative stream of concsicocsu crap hes doing in every prose paragraph in here and so every lineof the book thats not interminable aimless dialogue between uninteresting sailors is the most turgid shit possible. every paragraph is pointlessly flowery and overwritten, whhich he's great at when he does it again 20 years later or hwenever under the volcano came out before he drank himself to de ...more
A rollicking sea-journey ; makes the promise Lowry's later and alcohol-addled masterwork would make good on--namely, that he'd be incapable of writing about anyone other than himself--alcohol-addled. Tragic for him; a plus for us.
could somebody tell Dean that I read this please? and also that it made sense to me so it would probably be underwhelming for him.
Really a romance between the narrator Hilliot, a young sailor trying to prove that he's worthy of life at sea, and the ship's chef Andy. Tension between them drives the plot. Janet, the love object left behind, is underdeveloped and seems pretty boring. The scenes in which Hilliot is drunk are probably the best, though it's sort of spooky to enjoy them in the context of Lowry's (alcoholic) life and writing career (ruined by said alcoholism). Nowhere near as good as Under the Volcano.

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Wanted to read early Lowry, this was his first book, mostly written when he was around 20. Lots to criticize but showed a taste of what was to come, his classic "Under The Volcano".
Loses the first half's perfection with its return to some stylization devices (3rd person, all dialogue) which it had grown beyond, but overall it is a really great work
Not quite volcano.
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Malcolm Lowry (1909–1957) was a British novelist and poet whose masterpiece Under the Volcano is widely hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Born near Liverpool, England, Lowry grew up in a prominent, wealthy family and chafed under the expectations placed upon him by parents and boarding school. He wrote passionately on the themes of exile and despair, and his own wander ...more
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“Bad, or good, as it happens to be, that is what it is to exist! . . . It is as though I have been silent and fuddled with sleep all my life. In spite of all, I know now that at least it is better to go always towards the summer, towards those burning seas of light; to sit at night in the forecastle lost in an unfamiliar dream, when the spirit becomes filled with stars, instead of wounds, and good and compassionate and tender. To sail into an unknown spring, or receive one's baptism on storm's promontory, where the solitary albatross heels over in the gale, and at last come to land. To know the earth under one's foot and go, in wild delight, ways where there is water.” 18 likes
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