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Billy Liar (1959)

af Keith Waterhouse

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Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. Keith Waterhouse's Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying - especially to his three girlfriends. Trapped by his boring job and working-class parents, Billy finds that his only happiness lies in grand plans for his future and fantastical day-dreams of the fictional country Ambrosia.… (mere)
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    KayCliff: Interesting to compare Billy with Paul in "The Case of Paul" by Willa Cather.
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This book was not as good as I just expected. I thought there would be more humor as I love British humor. I guess It just didn't have enough Brit humor for me. Billy sure was a glutton for punishment. ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse has proved to be an influential book and has been adapted into a play, a musical, a film and a TV series. The main character, William Fisher is a working-class 19 year old living at home with his parents in a small town in Yorkshire. He is bored by his job as a clerk for an undertaking business, so he spends his time indulging in fantasies and dreams about life in the big city as a comedy writer. He has managed to get himself engaged to two girls all the while being in love with a third one and, no surprise here, he appears to be a compulsive liar.

The author captures that stifling small-town atmosphere as the story cycles through one day in Billy’s life. Between his multiple girlfriends, exasperated parents, annoying colleagues and some quite serious misconduct at work, Billy needs to be doing more than escaping into his fantasies. It quickly becomes apparent though that Billy has no desire to grow up.

While there were some stellar scenes in the book, I never really found myself much caring about the main character. Perhaps I should have read this book when I was younger and more sympathetic to rebellious youth, but at my current age, I had more in common with his parents and his Gran. Billy’s attempts to avoid responsibility and his lack of judgment simply seemed rather pointless to me. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 1, 2019 |
The story I heared, the book, gets 4 stars, I liked it. It was a funny book, for me as a bystander. But when I think of Billy, who wants to be different, to live somewhere else, to have a different life, then all of a sudden it isn't funny anymore.
To live an imaginary life & get yourself in trouble with lies, that's desperate.

The quality of the audio of my version was not so good.
Louder, more quiet, the music in the pauses was of bad quality, so bad it got false.
That's a shame. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Feb 2, 2019 |
Versione italiana di Franca Cancogni: "Billy il bugiardo"
  gianoulinetti | Dec 5, 2013 |
This is actually one of the few times when I preferred the movie to the book. Tom Courtenay brings such a fragility to the otherwise unlikeable character of Billy Fisher that I couldn't help but like him. But in the book he's just a self-sabotaging, solipsistic twit. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments in this book as Billy tries to avoid the giant web of lies he's created in all parts of his life. But these were subordinate to the character's essential loathsomeness.

I also think the music-hall patter--it's the main way that Billy communicates with other members of his generation--has not aged well. It's hard for a modern reader to see why such banter would be witty, funny, or subversive in any way. However, Waterhouse's evocative descriptions of a changing Britain are really interesting and spot-on (that is, if Dominic Sandbrook's monumental history of the era, Never Had It So Good, is accurate). Worth reading if not particularly memorable. ( )
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Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. Keith Waterhouse's Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying - especially to his three girlfriends. Trapped by his boring job and working-class parents, Billy finds that his only happiness lies in grand plans for his future and fantastical day-dreams of the fictional country Ambrosia.

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