Nisid Hajari
June 04, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Liar (Book)

type
Book
genre
Fiction
author
Stephen Fry
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

A lie well told can be a thing of beauty, and the mewling first novel, The Liar, tells several of them. Lascivious and sharp-tongued boy-miscreant Adrian Healey wends his smart-ass way through 1970s Harrow and Oxford, complicating the search for a Hungarian truth machine with his own elaborate fictions. Though British actor-comedian Fry (Peter’s Friends) occasionally fumbles the plot, his grasp of cutting dialogue is riotously sure. Adrian launches his devastating verbal ripostes with the accuracy and glee of one who recognizes the larceny in language’s heart. B+

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