|Plot Summary of The Liar|
|"The book is all about Adrian Healey and his progress through life as a prolific liar. Stephen Fry, for those who have not heard of him, is hilarious in both writing and real life and this semi-autobiographical novel of his first twenty years is vividly detailed and, although perhaps a bit sketchy with flashbacks, is a delightful comic romp about a kid who coasts through life unscathed because of his immense skill at lying and defrauding others."
S.J.Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|"Adrian Healey, sexual star of his boarding school, secret lover of the blonde and beautiful Hugo Cartwright, spends his gap year as a rent boy in Piccadilly. Once at Cambridge, he discovers a lost Dickens' manuscript, the pornographic story of the seduction of a blonde and beautiful boy.
Adrian's compulsive lying is matched only by the cunning of his tutor Donald Trefusis, who is himself caught having sex in a public toilet, before recruiting Adrian for MI5.
Holly, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Liar|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
- struggling to earn a living to survive
Crime & Police story
- conman stealing/fraud
Kind of sex:
- really kinky sex!!!!
- two guys doing it
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- high school
Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?
- searching for identity/meaning
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- rebelling against parent's expectations
- committing crimes
- a teen
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- male homosexuals doing their thing
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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