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The Voyage That Never Ends: Fictions, Poems, Fragments, Letters

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Notorious for a misspent life full of binges, blackouts, and unimaginable bad luck, Malcolm Lowry managed, against every odd, to complete and publish two novels, one of them, Under the Volcano, an indisputable masterpiece. At the time of his death in 1957, Lowry also left behind a great deal of uncollected and unpublished writing: stories, n
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Hardcover, 536 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by NYRB Classics (first published 2002)
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Thomas
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it
The recent article about Lowry's semi-mysterious death turned me on to the author. None of the bookstores had Under the Volcano, so I got this instead. Some of the poems are pretty damn good and the stories are really good at times. The preface asserted that great novelists are really the creators of great sentences (or something like that) - for great sentences, Lowry definitely kicks ass. But there are aspects of the stories that leave something to be desired: not surprising considering that i ...more
Zachary Martin
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
why read the unfinished ramblings of a drunken, esoteric, catholic, anarchist? Because he is one of the most overlooked Brilliant modernist of his generation. This is why.

For the enthusiast, this is a really valuable collection of ML's unfinished writings: includes his letters, the poems (not ML's strength in my opinion),and the short stories and fragments of novels. To my mind, including a section from Under The Volcano (as this book does)was unnecessary, folks reading ML for the first time sho
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Moria
Nov 20, 2009 marked it as to-read
i've read nearly all of this, but i think i need to read under the volcano before i finish.
Matt
Aug 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Really quite pointless, unfortunately.
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Malcolm Lowry 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 wanderlust and err ...more
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