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The Liar by Stephen Fry

The Liar (1991)

by Stephen Fry

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Brilliant, wordy, sometimes disgusting, a very good read. ( )
  SpikeSix | Nov 4, 2015 |
I got halfway through and just lost interest. I couldn't quite find the plot. There were clever parts, and quotes I enjoyed, and I can see its merit, but it didn't do it for me. It's sad, because I really like Stephen Fry. ( )
  lunaluxor | Oct 29, 2015 |
Re read this one recently. I remember reading it in the 90s and enjoying it - I wasn't much of a reader back then to be honest with you. Really enjoyed it this tie too. Flows well and the odd spy sections are full of weirdness to keep you wondering how it will all end. Lots of Stephen fry and his personal life in here too. Great use of language and having been a public school boy myself I can sympathise and empathise with some of the school sections. Glad to see that fry likes the film 'if'. ( )
  polarbear123 | Oct 19, 2014 |
Stephen Fry is one of my favorite writers/actors/presenters/people. There isn't much he's done professionally that I don't enjoy, and with regards to his books, I'm saving them so I can read a new one now and then. So, with my new resolve to read more books from my shelf (and stop buying so many new ones), it was time to read 'The Liar'.
The Liar is and follows Adrian, from his days in a public boarding school to his days at Cambridge and after. He has always seen himself as very different from everyone else, and while he portrays himself to others as being very confident and independent, inside he is extremely insecure and alone. He gets caught up in an espionage plot by his professor at Cambridge which leads to an exciting time during the summer holidays in Europe.
The story is told in chronological disorder, with chapters bouncing from Adrian's time at Cambridge back to public school and vice versa. The book is of course filled with Stephen Fry's wonderful language, and I can hear him reading it to me. He makes me love the English language. Like another reviewer, I can see the similarities between his biography 'Moab is my Washpot' and this story, which makes me wonder if this story is his wishful thinking about his own life's history. It made the book a bit less enjoyable to me, because that was always nagging me. The espionage part of the story didn't do much for me. All in all, it was nice to read something by Fry, but it wasn't as brilliant as I had hoped, so I give it three out of five stars. ( )
  divinenanny | Aug 12, 2013 |
Gave up after 40 pages, just not for me I'm afraid! ( )
  abbybarker | Apr 9, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156947012X, Paperback)

An irresistible novel by multi-talented Stephen Fry, author, film and television star, playwright and newspaper columnist.

"The spirits of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh glower benignly over this very funny first novel . . . An ingenious plot filled with surprises and glittering with hilarious, often indecent inventions."—The New York Times Book Review

"Transforms the sophomoric into the sophisticated."—Los Angeles Times

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Adrian Healy loves to lie, and already in his public school career, marked by privilege and pederasty, he had lost the ability to differentiate between simple truth and his elaborate fictions.

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