So I'll become an earth mother and you will loll in front of the television watching cricket and Clint, is that it? Then why the years of education?
Why a youth at all? Why read books and try to puzzle things out if it all ends in the same way? Unfortunately even this, Jenny's letter, ended up going on and losing its punch, blending itself in ultimately with the rest of the overdone blathering that constitutes The Liar. Loved, loved, loved it! And I can see where others wouldn't. The dialogue reads like white-water rafting. The story-telling tantalizes and satisfies like the tongue-in-cheek sex scenes no pun intended?
And the hero, Adrian, should be the sort of character I detest, the kind that ruins the whole book for me. But the near perfect collage that are his lies and truths, his desires and apathies, yanks at every sense until "smitten" sounds too gentle a desc Loved, loved, loved it! But the near perfect collage that are his lies and truths, his desires and apathies, yanks at every sense until "smitten" sounds too gentle a description.
It forces that sigh symptomatic of that all-too-familiar sadness that comes on when I realize I've reached the end of a book like this. I've always loved British Humor and quite frankly, I've always liked Stephen Fry so I had great expectations for this book.
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I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I was rather quite surprised. I didn't expect it to be this good. Adrian Healey the protagonist, a modern Oscar Wilde type who is also a compulsive liar, hence the title is so witty, so charmingly smart well, most of the characters are indeed "Not one word of the following is true. Adrian Healey the protagonist, a modern Oscar Wilde type who is also a compulsive liar, hence the title is so witty, so charmingly smart well, most of the characters are indeed quite smart , and so cunningly evil that you'll wish he was real and he was your friend.
The plot is quite unorthodox and may seem quite messy at times, the characters are all likable, and the humor is intelligent and very infectious. I found myself laughing so hard countless times that I couldn't breathe.
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Though Fry does seem rather fond of queerness, he justifies it in the end. But the real treasure in this book is the conversations. The conversations between Adrian and Trefusis particularly, though Adrian to anyone else is already gold standard. The conversations are so smart, so witty, so ingeniously hilarious, so lip-smackingly spectacular that no one but Stephen Fry can pull this off.
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It's rather quite funny that this book is called "The Liar", because Stephen Fry uses these lies to tell the truth, well, the truth about lies. It's also rather quite subversive, if I may add. Took a while to get into but very funny! Apr 21, Francesca rated it it was amazing. Very interesting and funny book. Love it. I thought this was a very though book to get into, especially because it takes pretty long to see what the book is trying to tell you. Also the writing style used is confusing and a bit pretentious. About 40 pages into the book that all started to matter les, because I was fascinated by the protagonist Healey.
Healey is a boarding school kid and is a pretentious crook and a liar. In that way the writing style is very fitting for the book, and might have been a conscious choise of Stephen Fry. Th I thought this was a very though book to get into, especially because it takes pretty long to see what the book is trying to tell you. This book talks very easily about homo-erotic themes, which was refresing to me. I did not come across many books that take such sexual themes in the matter of fact way this book does yet.
In my opinion the book handled those themes well. This book is about how boring life is, and the length people go to to make it less so. This manifest in the book in a story that is hard to follow because characters make quick illogical decisions. Also it is never really clear when a story is a lie or the truth. This forces the reader to just take the book for what it is and enjoy the ride and the delicious obscenety of it, becasue this book is explicit. Oct 19, Ishtar rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who like British humour.
Shelves: espionage , favourites , music , character-depth , to-reread , mm-romance. I tell you, this book is a chronic liar too. In every page throughout this book. From the character development and the plot twists and the humour and the smart dialogues and the theme behind the curtains. I could never get bored of their games. It is perfectly possible to live a life from cradle to grave that is entirely dishonest.
One might never reveal one's true identity, the yearnings and cravings of one's innermost self, even to the most intimate circle of family and friends; never really speak the truth to anyone. Priests and psychotherapists may believe that the confessional-box or the analysis session reveals truths, but you know and I know and every human being knows that we lie all the time to all the world. Lying is as much a part of us as wearing clothes. Indeed, Man's first act in Eden was to give names to everything on earth, our first act of possession and falsehood was to take away a stone's right to be a stone by imprisoning it with the name "stone".
There are in reality, as Fenellosa said, no nouns in the Universe. Man's next great act was to cover himself up. We have been doing so ever since. We feel that our true identities shame us. Lying is a deep part of us. To take it away is to make us something less than, not more than, human. I find it fitting that I started my reading challenge with Mr.
Fry and am closing it out with one of his books.
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For a debut novel this is remarkable but then again so is the man that wrote it. It is every bit as witty and charming as the man himself. Which to me reinforces the veiled autobiographical nature of it. If you want a fun romp with a thriller basis this book is for you at least until it switches genres. Unfortunately it tries to be too many other genres at the same time but one thing it I find it fitting that I started my reading challenge with Mr.
Unfortunately it tries to be too many other genres at the same time but one thing it does manage is to be consistently humourous. Come for the Fry and stay for the brilliant one liners and you'll be happy. Come for the spy novel and you'll be sorely disappointed. View all 3 comments. Love love love Stephen Fry but this one was a little hard to follow.
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Even so, his writing is wonderful. Stephen Fry is a wit and raconteur if ever there was one. His first novel "The Liar" is an interesting, erudite, comic, and witty semi thriller all in one package. The protagonist of this novel, one Adrian Healey, is always lying to and fooling others. In no great irony the person he is lying to the most is himself. Almost every reader will see some of their own foibles in him at some point in the text, which can make for some uncomfortable reading moments.
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Adrian is both nasty and kind, and I v Stephen Fry is a wit and raconteur if ever there was one. Adrian is both nasty and kind, and I vacillated between liking and hating him throughout most of the novel. As for the style in which the book is written I have a qualm. The first part of the novel jumps around a lot in time without stating in any discernable way that a time shift has occurred.
It confused me at moments. It is a stylistic choice, but it is one that I did not prefer. Many phrases, colloquialisms and customs are quite foreign to the American reader. This is not a complaint by the way, but there were moments where I knew I did not understand something, but these differences were not enough for me to lose major plot points. The only time it annoyed me was when the text focused on the game of cricket. That happens frequently in the story and I was at a total loss in those moments.
Some strengths of the text are the wonderful use of allusions. There are allusions galore in this novel, probably more than I have ever encountered in one text. They span the spectrum from the Bible and other ancient texts, to the latest at the time of the book's setting pop culture events. I was very impressed at the scope and depth of Mr. Fry's obvious knowledge.
A major enjoyment of this novel was trying to catch the plethora of allusions and seeing how wittily they were employed in the character's mouths. Pages of the book also present some of the most perceptive writing that I have come across about what "love" is to most people. Love for most of us is just some form of being needed, and when Fry writes, "The only thought that will give me the energy to carry on is that someone has a life which will be diminished by my departure from it" you find yourself vigorous agreeing.
They are set off by italics until the subplot and main plot connect up, and I thought that it was a detraction from the text, weakened it almost like Fry did not trust the characters he had created on their own merits, but rather had to make them interesting by inserting them into a spy thriller novel.