Barry Lyndon, first serialized in 1844, is a swashbuckling romp through the aristocratic Europe of the 18th century. The central character, a roguish Irishman, narrates most of the story in the first person, relating his adventures as a soldier in both the British and Prussian armies; as a gambler and confidence man under the guidance of his uncle, a practiced fraud; and as a fortune hunting gigolo in search of wealthy widows and heiresses. Although Barry is a most unsavory character, he is not without his charms.
Barry Lyndon represented a new kind of fiction: the novel without a hero. (Thackeray would later expand these ideas in his most popular novel, Vanity Fair.) The story contains Thackeray's best plot development and contains some of the best prose he ever wrote. Many listeners will hear an echo of Henry Fielding in this magnificent story, though Thackeray's belief that chance was the most overriding factor in most men's fortunes was definitely at odds with the philosophy of his predecessor. Barry Lyndon is a stirring narrative delivered in a rip-roaring whirlwind of a novel.
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going back to the original
- Brendan "I come from Ireland, went to college in the States, and now live and work in Japan."
Yes. This is a fictional autobiography of a most engaging rogue, an Irish adventurer, Redmond Barry. Mr. Griffin gives the definitive voice to the first person narrator. To my ears this is a perfect rendition with his affected Anglo Irish accent, and witth a most expressive delivery of all the emotions of the tragic- comic Barry.
Chapter 10, as Redmond Barry plays hard and gambles for the hand of The Countess Ida.
No, i savored one or two chapters at a time
Thackery wrote a period piece centered on a fiercely articulate narcissist. The language employed is a joy to experience as read expressively by Mr. Griffen.
- Francis M.