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The Liar [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Fry
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From Publishers Weekly

Fry is a British polymath--actor, journalist, playwright--who is currently on view here as the eponymous hero of the Kenneth Branagh movie Peter's Friends . This book, his first novel, was a huge critical and popular success in Britain in both cloth and paperback, and it is surprising that the book has taken almost two years to make its way across the Atlantic. Perhaps part of the reason is its obsession with such arcanely British things as public school life, Cambridge academia and cricket. But it is coruscatingly funny, often quite shocking and profoundly irreverent. Its hero is Adrian Healey, who assumes a wildly gay persona (and is one of the few Wilde imitators who can verbally live up to the original) but whose besetting problem is a lack of contact with reality. Everything he does and says is a sly concoction, from his outre behavior at school and college to his period as a male prostitute ("rent-boy") in London to his schoolteaching days and his eventual involvement, with his college tutor, in a bizarre espionage caper involving a Hungarian "truth machine." The plot is in fact deliberately confusing and quite inconsequential. The book is enjoyable for its verbal dexterity, its often filthy but usually hilarious jokes and its reckless high spirits. Some readers may flinch from its callousness; many more will find themselves helpless with laughter.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Comic actor/screenwriter Fry (the TV series A Bit of Fry and Laurie, etc.) weighs in with a fulsomely naughty first novel about a lascivious, blandly prevaricating English schoolboy cast adrift at public school, on the streets, at Cambridge, and in MI5. Adrian Healey--his chances in life already dented by his months as a London prostitute and his cocaine arrest--arrives at Cambridge with a reputation for insatiable sexual appetites (``Love was Adrian's guilty secret, sex his public pride'') and a strong aversion to telling the truth. Challenged by Donald Trefusis, the Senior Tutor who catches him in plagiarism, to produce some kind--any kind--of original work, Adrian takes a breather from his romantic pursuit of Hugo Cartwright (whom he's already had briefly in a lav before he realized that this was True Love) to penetrate the college's extensive collection of Victorian pornography and ``discover'' three chapters of Peter Flowerbuck, Dickens's lost pornographic masterpiece--which only Donald, of all the luminaries in the college, recognizes as Adrian's own work. Meantime, italicized interchapters have already suggested that (a) largely as a result of such high jinks, Donald will end up inveigling Adrian into an elaborate and dangerous spy plot to take delivery of Mendax, a device that prevents the user from lying, and (b) espionage … l`anglaise is just as foppish and foolish as the groves of academe, which so often furnish its personae. The treatment throughout is manic, in-your-face, and taboo-busting in the tradition of Orton, Monty Python, and numberless graffiti artists. Chockablock with witless pranks, single-entendres, lesser dolts like Pigs Trotter and Dr. Humphrey Biffen, and allusions to Shakespeare, Saki, Wilde, and George Herbert. Too British in its calculated outrageousness to repeat its bestselling performance on this side of the Atlantic, but still dizzyingly, peerlessly sophomoric. (Film rights to Paramount) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 466 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Cornerstone Digital; Auflage: New Ed (24. August 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004071TAY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ah, he is a Frying genius. 15. Oktober 2001
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Well, Adrian does not belong to the kind of people one would like to call reliable and he most certainly is not easy to deal with. But luckily he is one of the most witty and interesting characters created so far. Dunno where Stephen Fry gets his brilliant ideas from let alone his ability to play with language. Adolescent Adrian is one of the biggest liars that walk this earth - lying to teachers (good boy), to friends, to parents, to other relatives and very convincing and imaginative he is, too. Being convinced that he is the only "real" person in a strange game called life he has some serious problems with imagening others to have feelings as well. He creates his own world where he can be master, fooling everyone else just for the hell of it. Very fortunate for him after having spent a few years at a public school and unnerving everyone there he meets his master in Cambridge - old Professor Trefusius. "The old fart" finds him very amusing, challenges him and finally takes Adrian on a journey across Europe with dubious and dangerous people following them. It is a quest for some device, which, in the wrong hands, could cause considerable damage to the world. But nothing is what it seems and the quest will lead into Adrian finding out that there is a real world after all. Deep emotions play a major role in Stephen Fry's debut novel and he surely knows how to bring them alive. In case one has read his autobiography (first part of it) some clear connections with his own life will be discovered. But believe me, this only makes his outrageous first novel even better. Hm, and it will make you think again about the reliabilty of "old" manuscripts of classic writers. The world will be fooled.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wit and a love for the English language 10. Mai 2000
I put myself at a disadvantage by reading Stephen Fry's second novel, The Hippopotamus, before reading The Liar. In so doing, I fostered expectations that The Liar would not live up to. The Hippopotamus is a much funnier, racier and scathingly witty work than Fry's first novel. But, after the initial shock of having my expectations dashed, I was rather pleasantly surprised at how engaging, charming and unpredictable this novel is. Well, okay, I wasn't really all that surprised. Stephen Fry is so good a writer that one book--one chapter in fact--is enough to convince you he is unlikely to disappoint. Fry writes with such clarity, flare and adeptness that one is left basking in the sheer joy of the English language. Fry lifts the veil of dreadfully dry, pretentiously hip, consciously urban and premeditatedly mainstream English that dominates literature today to reveal a language that is once again fresh, smart, vibrant, intellectual and tantalizingly naughty. Delightful! Forget that The Liar is chock full of sordid trysts (real, imagined and fabricated), homosexual and bisexual liaisons and scandalous accusations about the sexual traditions of English public schools, this is a masterful book in language alone. But if that is not enough for you, The Liar is also an exciting and maze-like blend of international intrigue, murder, teenage male prostitution and the coming of age of a pathological liar of the first degree. Or is it? You're never really sure which way's up in this book until Fry brings things to a last-minute wrap-up that would be the envy of even the most devious mystery writer. Is the Liar funny? Yes, but in a wholly different way than The Hippopotamus. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Follow the life story of Adrian Healey, from prep-school dandy to college ghost-writer, London catamite to international spy, and the result leaves nothing else to be desired from one of Britain's most genius comedians. Laced with its delicious undertones of intrigue, homosexuality, intelligentsia, and of course compulsive confabulatings, 'The Liar' does for the reputation of the English education system what Bonnie and Clyde did for that of armed robbery: prose and poetry are eloquent and titillating; the reader is drawn into the stony facades of English schools with many a manic guffaw.
The plot is simple enough to begin with: Adrian loves Hugo, and would do anything for (and to) him. Adrian circulates a lurid underground magazine and scandalizes his school. Adrian is expelled. From here onwards the plot thickens, as does the reader's bewilderment and enjoyment; the only real voice of recount is that of Adrian's - and he is a compulsive liar. Is he telling the truth? was he arrested for possession of cocaine whilst prostituting himself in the West End?
Despite (or perhaps because of) his failings, Adrian continues his studies at Fry's very own Alma Mater - Cambridge - and is promptly reduced to plagiarizing his theses, forging teachers' signatures, and counterfeiting Dickensian plays. It comes as little surprise, then, that there is great demand for his flawless lying and total lack of scruples in the big world of espionage, although here the novel fragments somewhat and forces the reader to return to previously unexplained asides. Suffice it to say that Adrian begins to find himself completely outclassed by the ruthless, seamless professional liars of the world's top secret services...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not my favourite
As I have been wanting to read a Stephen Fry for a long time, I decided to give The Liar a try.
I found the story rather too long, the humor not my style, even if it was quite... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 14 Monaten von Tessa veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Good Start but then it falls
Fry gets off to a good start- the book is quite amusing and it seems like you stumbled upon a real gem, but then you get the feeling that Fry put aside his manuscript for a while... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Januar 2008 von Leuchtenberg
5.0 von 5 Sternen Nach Shakespeare kommt Fry
Das Buch ist der absolute Hit! Die Story ist genial gut geschrieben, auf jeder Seite staunt man, lacht man und schüttelt verwundert den Kopf. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. September 2004 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen This books leaves you dazed and amused.
This books leaves you dazed and amused. That doesn't say it's a good book. In fact, it isn't. It's a fake throughout. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Januar 2000 von komkon2
5.0 von 5 Sternen Snappingly, Cracklingly, Poppingly Funny
Stephen Fry writes jaunty, superbly clever and often belly-achingly funny prose. Much of it can be called irreverent, but only by the irredeemably Puritan. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 1999 von oh_pete
3.0 von 5 Sternen If you thought "Making History" was confusing, think again!
I read this book some weeks ago, and I still can't quite work out exactly what happened! I think I've mastered the general gist of the story, but if you asked me to... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Add Fry's The Liar to your list of favorites
Add The Liar to that list of books you re-read, savor, and memorize. You will fall in love with Adrian, Hugo, and Fry himself by the end. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Mein Name ist Fry... Stephen Fry...
Anders als Ian Fleming kommt Stephen Fry's "The Liar" ohne barbusige Bond-Girls und optische Effekte von der Größenordnung des Urknalles aus. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. September 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant - but he's just lifted the contents of his autobio
I have to agree with one of your other reviewers. Fry is clearly a genius and a highly entertaining and provoking read - but "The Liar" is so similar in content and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 31. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Like all other Fry works, this book is inspired
If you are knowledgable on all other Stephen Fry books, articles, and telly works, that fact that this book is constantly hillarious, thought-provoking and,well, weird, will come... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
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