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Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.

©1991 Stephen Fry (P)1995 Random House Audio

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  • Mr Yurasov-Ford
  • 22/06/2017

Jolly good

A splendid book - it has its twists and its turns, and although at times you notice with a knowing smile its rather formulaic, traditional narrative structure/devices, it nonetheless charms you with its marvellous language, deliciously humorous anecdotes, and intriguing plot. And the way Stephen reads it, oh my, oh my.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/07/2016

English delights and so much cocks

What did you like best about this story?

British comedian Stephen Fry's first novel is a witty love letter to English philology and the author's semi- and pseudo-autobiographical experiences in Britain's elitist and—if the author, who kindly begins his novel with the line “Not one word of the following is true”, is to be believed—highly homoerotic public schools.

Written in a series of jump-forwards and flashbacks the story follows Adrian Healey, a flamboyant gay intellectual growing up in Thatcherian period England, whose excel in wittiness is only bested by his remarkable ability to deceive. This trait eventually captures the interest of his Cambridge tutor Professor Donald Trefusis, through whom Healey becomes intertwined with a sort of daffy albeit singular Cold War spy adventure.

Fry's dapper treatment of the English language is certainly the most enjoyable part of this light-hearted fiction filled with juvenile but clever and high-brow but stinging jokes and fables, and this delight is only heightened when the book is listened to narrated by the author himself (audiobook available on Audible, for example). The constant jumps between three different periods in the protagonist's life can, however, make the story strenuous to follow and, frankly, fail (at times) to keep up the suspense and/or mystery that the author probably intended for these jumps to convey.

Apart from all the churlish (but funny) sexual affections of the protagonist (or the narrator) the novel does also have a deeper theme of questioning what is the meaning of lies, fictions and untruths in the formation of anything that is truly human, and for that I would recommend it not only as light summer reading but serious food for thought for anyone interested in the humanistic sciences.

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  • Sharon
  • 23/05/2012

A Great Disappointment

Firstly, I am a huge fan of Stephen Fry. I sat down to listen to this story with great excitment. Perhaps my expectations were too high. The story was leaden and Mr Fry seemed less than thrilled to be reading it. I confess to falling asleep at times and having to rewind. So I suppose if you are having trouble sleeping this may be a good buy, otherwise stick to other titles with Stephen Fry as narrator/presenter.

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  • Karajana
  • 11/03/2016

Brilliantly readed book - Brilliant gelesenes Buch

Würden Sie The Liar noch mal anhören? Warum?

Ich habe dieses Buch bereits im Vorfeld auf Deutsch gelesen und auch in meiner Schule vorgestellt. Klar, gesprochen ist es etwas völlig Anderes. Nichtsdestotrotz spricht Stephen Fry gewohnt brilliant und hebt den landestypischen Humor wunderbar hervor - ja, ich würde es mir gern nochmal anhören

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Ich liebe Professor Trefusis, herrlicher Kauz.

Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

Die Szene von Adrian in der Bibliothek (er lässt sich dort ziemlich frivole viktorianische Literatur vorlegen) ist einfach zu herrlich, ich habe Tränen gelacht.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Nein, ich wollte mir die Spannung erhalten.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Wer britischen Humor (schwarz, garstig, zynisch, trocken) liebt und Stephen Fry nicht nur als Schauspieler schätzt, zudem auch gut britisches Englishc versteht, ist hier sehr gut aufgehoben.

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  • Bayern
  • 14/01/2017

Verrückt & Spannend

Stephen Fry ist für mich der beste Sprecher in engliaxher Sprache. Er kann super erzählen und macht jede Szene lebendig. Die Geschichte ist sein erster großer Roman, anspruchsvolle Zeitsprünge, geniale Verschachtelung. Sein eigenes Leben diente als Vorlage. Siehe auch seine 3 Autobiographien.

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  • Anna
  • Dresden, Deutschland
  • 06/12/2013

utterly boring

I did not like this book at all and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It seems to me the author just put a bit of sex, a bit of suspense, a bit of intellectualism into a big boiling pot trying to get something interesting to read or hear, but for me this was just a big boiling pot without any sense or interest. It was just boring.