The Liar by Stephen Fry
Having given The Liar as a birthday present last year, based on their love of Stephen Fry, I have finally gotten around to reading it myself. Allowing myself four days to read it, I finished it early. The book is engaging and amusing, filled with blistering embarrassing moments (that anyone with a crush can relate to) all the way to witnessing a murder (which perhaps less of us can relate to). At the heart of this story, there is a confused protagonist, trying to find his place in the world throughout his whole life. Don’t we all at one point or another fear we will never fit in? Switching between different time periods in his life may be confusing at first, but it keeps the readers on their toes and just painfully aware of how long that ugly duckling feeling can remain even when we can fly on our own. Combined with this coming of age story is a plot filled with twists, mystery, and adventure. Maybe more astute or suspicious readers will have seen the final twists coming, but not I. The end wraps up in a whirlwind of intrigue, deception, and revelation. I left the book gape mouthed but reflecting back onto my reading experience, it was an enjoyable and entertaining read that tricked me. What more could I ask?
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