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Stephen Fry – The Liar | Review

Title: The Liar

Author: Stephen Fry

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 277

Rating: 6/10

 

Stephen Fry - The Liar

Stephen Fry – The Liar

 

The Liar is Stephen Fry’s first novel, and while it’s not as good as some of his later work, it is a good start and it shows some of his later promise. In many ways, it’s autobiographical too – it tells the story of a lying public schoolboy, and it’s notable for containing his typical wit and wisdom and for marking Fry’s first flutter in to the world of being a published author.

Unfortunately, it’s just not a strong novel – it’s typical of a debutante, and even Fry’s evocations of homosexuality feel a little stilted, almost as though they were included just for the sake of it. There’s also the protagonist’s irritating habit of lying all of the time, a habit which actually affects the narrative – some of the chapters are later revealed to be fictional, created by the narrator to throw the reader off course. I mean, it’s a fictional novel to begin with – Fry is dealing with meta-fiction, which is a huge risk because it doesn’t always work.

Ultimately, though, the characterisation is pretty good and Fry’s depiction of people and places is good but not great, a mere shadow of what was to come in his later work. As a whole, his work isn’t for everyone – The Liar isn’t his best, so start with Making History or Moab is my Washpot. If you’ve read the rest of his work and you enjoyed it, then move on to The Liar while you wait for him to release his next one. Sorry, Stephen – it’s just not that good!

 

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

 

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Stephen Fry – The Fry Chronicles | Review

Title: The Fry Chronicles

Author: Stephen Fry

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 446

Rating: 9/10

 

Stephen Fry - The Fry Chronicles

Stephen Fry – The Fry Chronicles

 

The Fry Chronicles is the second autobiography from the pen of Stephen Fry, the British icon who’s more well-known as a television personality than as an author, despite the fact that he’s released half a dozen books of both fiction and non-fiction. He first cut his teeth writing sketches for A Bit of Fry and Laurie, which is (in my opinion) one of the cleverest and most well-written comedy sketch shows of all time.

In fact, he covers off the formative years of his relationship with comedy partner Hugh Laurie in the Fry Chronicles, as well as his meetings with dozens of other luminaries including Rowan Atkinson and Emma Thompson. It was published nearly twenty years after Fry’s first book, a novel called ‘The Liar‘ which was also autobiographical in places, and his writing style has developed and matured over the years. Now, he’s a truly talented writer with a unique voice and a wit and wisdom of his own.

Fry’s writing is complimented perfectly by a series of photographs from the author’s own archives, that detail everything from the young Fry and his parents (who look exactly like him) to “the backlit ears of Hugh Laurie” and posters and pictures of some of Fry’s earliest productions. In fact, in sharp contrast to Moab is my Washpot, Fry’s first autobiography which covered the first twenty years of his life, there’s a lot to learn here about Fry’s actual career.

 

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

 

As it goes, The Fry Chronicles is one of the more interesting celebrity autobiographies on the market, even if it is occasionally patchy in places; Fry also has a tendency to name-drop wherever possible, although it’s not really necessary as he’s a bigger star than most of the people that he mentions. In many ways, though, that’s forgivable – he’s just the sort of person who mingles with celebrities and minor royalty alike, and it’s probably due to his background at Cambridge.

The Fry Chronicles is interesting because the author used the letter ‘C‘ as a narrative device – all of his chapters begin with the letter ‘C”, ending on ‘cocaine‘ at his 30th birthday. I understand that this is a topic that he plans to deal with later in further detail, in a third volume of autobiography to be released at a later date. I look forward to reading it with some gusto, because if The Fry Chronicles and Moab is my Washpot are anything to go by, it’s going to be good. You should catch up with the series, before he writes and releases another one.

 

Stephen Fry On Ignorance

Stephen Fry On Ignorance

 

Click here to buy The Fry Chronicles.

 


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