Barry Lyndon

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Set in the second half of the eighteenth century, Barry Lyndon is the fictional autobiography of an adventurer and rogue whom the reader is led to distrust from the very beginning. Born into the petty Irish gentry, and outmanoeuvred in his first love-affair, a ruined Barry joins the British army. After service in Germany he deserts and after a brief spell as a spy, pursues the career of a gambler in the dissolute clubs and courts of Europe. In a determined effort to enter fashionable society he marries a titled ...
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Set in the second half of the eighteenth century, Barry Lyndon is the fictional autobiography of an adventurer and rogue whom the reader is led to distrust from the very beginning. Born into the petty Irish gentry, and outmanoeuvred in his first love-affair, a ruined Barry joins the British army. After service in Germany he deserts and after a brief spell as a spy, pursues the career of a gambler in the dissolute clubs and courts of Europe. In a determined effort to enter fashionable society he marries a titled heiress but finds he has met his match. First published in 1844, Barry Lyndon is Thackeray's earliest substantial novel and in some ways his most original, reflecting his view of the true art of fiction: to represent a subject, however unpleasant, with accuracy and wit, and not to moralize. The text is that of George Saintsbury's 1908 Oxford edition which restores passages cut when the novel was revised in 1856.
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Publishers Weekly - Audio
Thackeray’s classic tale of Barry Lyndon, who escapes his life on the Emerald Isle to pursue a more luxurious existence in England, is reimagined in this audio edition, narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Reading in a rich, accented voice and making use of understated narration, Keeble immediately transports listeners back to the 18th century. His tone is firm and commanding, and he digs deep into Thackeray’s prose to precisely capture the very essence of Lyndon. Keeble’s narration is well paced, his timing impeccable. And while this audiobook weighs in at about 13 hours—a lengthy commitment for the casual listener—Keeble manages to keep his audience engaged for the duration. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Audio
In this 1844 classic, English author Thackeray delights readers with the tale of Barry Lyndon, a classically unreliable narrator. Lyndon is an Irish rogue who joins the British army after an ill-fated love affair and then goes on to fame and fortune as a fashionable gambler. As in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair, Thackeray presents his characters accurately and realistically. His portrayal of the dissolute, unscrupulous protagonist, a degenerate who thinks he is royalty among men, is masterly. Barry Lyndon may be unlikable, but the beauty of the words and the depth of the story make for a fantastic read. British voice artist Jonathon Keeble brings this amusing tale to life with his rich and wonderfully faceted voice. VERDICT Recommended for all fans of classic English literature.—Erin Cataldi, Franklin Coll. Lib., IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753116180
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Isis Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 12 Cassettes, 13 hrs. 19 min
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 2.31 (d)

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William Makepeace Thackeray (play /ˈθækəri/; 18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society.
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    Posted July 15, 2012

    A great and entertaining book about a cad. Loved it!

    A great and entertaining book about a cad. Loved it!

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