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The Liar
by Stephen Fry | Literature & Fiction
Registered by AlexInLeeds of Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 28, 2004
Average 5 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by WellReadRob): travelling


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7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by AlexInLeeds from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 28, 2004

8 out of 10

From Amazon:
Book Description
The spirits of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh glower benignly over this very funny first novel by Stephen Fry. The novel has an ingenious plot filled with surprises and glittering with hilarious, often indecent inventions: a pugnacious faculty meeting that collapses into an exchange of obscenities, the fabrication of a 'lost' pornographic novel by Charles Dickens, and an exercise in intellectual gamesmanship that engages some of the finest minds and blackest hearts in England. Stephen Fry’s sympathetic portrayal of his defiantly unconventional hero makes for an outrageously entertaining debut. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Synopsis
A first novel from the comedian, a humorous adventure in which a public schoolboy witnesses the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist and finds himself drawn into the ensuing investigation.


Smart, funny and smutty - bought in a charity shop while at the Nottingham Meet as a duplicate copy to Ring.

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Running Order:
rachels-ratty (UK)
mfa (Portugal)
vibrant-art (Canada)
Czersk (US)
 


Journal Entry 2 by AlexInLeeds at on Sunday, March 28, 2004

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Released on Sunday, March 28, 2004 at Nottingham Meet in Nottingham, United Kingdom Controlled Releases.

Passed to Rach at the Meet to start the Ring. 


Journal Entry 3 by short-rach from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 28, 2004

4 out of 10

Tank you!

Shall ummmmmmmmmmmm get it read asap lol

Update 6/4/04 - I'm just not getting into this at all, maybe it's current personal circumstances, maybe its the story, I don't know. Whatever the reason though it seems unfair of me to hang on to it in the hope that it will 'grab my attention' so I'm going to get it moving aroundt he ring.

Yet another book I shall have to 'come back to' at a future date! 


Journal Entry 4 by short-rach from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 14, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Off to mfa in Portugal (mailing 15/4/04). 


Journal Entry 5 by mfa from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, April 20, 2004

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got it - thanks! huge trb as usual, but i'll manage :) 


Journal Entry 6 by mfa from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Saturday, May 08, 2004

7 out of 10

evertime i think or look at stephen fry, i feel i'm looking at oscar wilde, and coming from me that's big praise. however, it sets the standars very high...
i was able to "feel" wilde's wit and worries throughout the book, sometimes too obviously. the most ingenious bit is perhaps the idea of life only being meaningful as a game (oscar would have said "mask").
the whole idea of "deconstructing" lying is too close to the current ambitions of artificial intelligence for me to consider it just as an interesting idea. i mean, i would expect more than just "dismissal as fiction" for a theory as fascinating as the one fry comes forward with, specially if i set to read this book with oscar wilde in mind...
i did enjoy this, and i'm ready to give fry a chance as a novelist (how pretentious!!!!)... 


Journal Entry 7 by mfa at per Post in send to a fellow bookcrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, May 09, 2004

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Released on Sunday, May 09, 2004 at per Post in send to a fellow bookcrosser, Bookring Controlled Releases.

posted today to vibrant-art, in canada. 


Journal Entry 8 by vibrant-art on Friday, May 14, 2004

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Just arrived today--

Great timing, since I just finished another book yesterday and was wondering what to read next.

Sending this on to Czersk next. 


Journal Entry 9 by vibrant-art on Tuesday, June 08, 2004

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I also found this hard to get into.....though there were some very funny sections. Maybe it's the difference between North American and British humour?

I felt that this was one of those novels where you struggle through parts (entire sections!)until finally it all comes together at the end...

Mailed this off to Czersk, next on the list. 


Journal Entry 10 by Czersk from Roscoe, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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Just came in the mail today, and it looks like I'll be the one to finish it up. So, daemonwolf, if you'll pm me your address, I'll send the book back to Britain once I'm done. Thanks for the book! 


Journal Entry 11 by Czersk from Roscoe, Minnesota USA on Monday, July 05, 2004

7 out of 10

This was such a confusing and crazy and funny book, that, naturally, I just had to love it! I must say, I've never read a book quite like it. But in the end, all of the things that raised eyebrows and the things that stood out as being rather odd, could not be proven to have actually been fact in this work of fiction, which of course, nothing was fact, it was all fiction. Whether the Liar was lying or not, it didn't matter, because it was all still a lie because it was something said that was not. I must say, though, I do always enjoy a good lie!

Now, since I was the last in this bookring, I will return the book to daemonwolf in England. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 12 by AlexInLeeds from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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Received back sometime in August. Going to release. 


Journal Entry 13 by AlexInLeeds at on Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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Released 9 yrs ago (9/14/2004 UTC) at

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After a brief rest, this one continues it's journey. 


Journal Entry 14 by sarax from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 04, 2004

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Picked this up at the Leeds Meet-up. Will hopefully read it before the October one. 


Journal Entry 15 by sarax from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 12, 2004

3 out of 10

Well - I have finished it just in the nick of time for tonight's meet in Leeds.

It wasn't easy to get into - I found small sections very funny but failed to grasp "the big picture". I didn't care enough about any of the characters to go back and re-read parts that I suddenly realised were relevant.

He must have got easier to understand in later books as I loved "Making History".

I am glad I've read it but was very was glad to finish it!

Will take to Leeds meet-up tonight... 


Journal Entry 16 by WellReadRob from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 26, 2004

5 out of 10

Caught in Leeds, Oct 04.

This is a bit of a personality book. Stephen Fry is school days buggery and toasted crumpet through and through, and so is this book. But besides all that, this is a decent enough read, full of character and crossed narratives that leave you slightly confused about what is happening where and when.

Sadly, the most damning thing I can say is that I think I read this years ago but couldn't remember anything about it and wasn't entirely sure until the very end. That's not a good sign, really. 


Journal Entry 17 by WellReadRob at on Monday, November 15, 2004

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Released on Sunday, November 14, 2004 at about 4:00:00 AM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at To be sold @ Headingley Methodist Church, 27/11/04 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England United Kingdom.

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The church needs a new boiler. Please buy for **way** over the asking price. 




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