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Barry Lyndon (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

William Makepeace Thackeray

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The racy memoirs of the Irish braggart and rogue who flourished, if that's the right word, in the late 1700s, are delightfully imagined by one of the great Victorian writers. Even more than Dickens, his contemporary, Thackeray can still beguile the modern reader, as is well testified in his first important novel. The recording begins with a tedious introduction that belabors the obvious and arrogantly tells us how to interpret what follows. John Cormack reads it dutifully before launching into an Irish accent and the main feature. He is sometimes very droll, but much of the irony of the narrative escapes him. Y.R. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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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. --Publishers Weekly

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1480253952
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shocking rise (and fall) of a rogue as told by a Victorian worthy 12 janvier 2012
Par LizaJane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Reading other reviews here I am amazed at the different (from mine) reactions. It is many years since I read the book; nevertheless it made an indelible impression. Having at the time only read and enjoyed the author's famous "Vanity Fair" and, long ago, "Pendennis," I was blown away by the totally unsentimental depiction of a entirely amoral anti-hero, scarcely to be expected in the work of any Victorian novelist. (The character of Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair" is comparable, though her impact is considerably softened by the other, more conventional characters, as well as the third person story-telling.)

What most remains in my memory is the story of his pursuit of the wealthiest heiress in Britain. He wins her by the simple means of pursuing her relentlessly until she agrees to marry him just out of fatigue. (I've often thought that many a man could learn something about how to win a woman by reading this reprehensible account.) He then persecutes her young son cruelly, so viciously in fact that even he feels some regret for the suffering he causes the boy and his mother.

Told in the first person, the tale is so unvarnished and "in-your-face" that it seemed to me impossible to mistake the nature of the character Thackeray portrays. Though he constantly refers to his supposed aristocratic background, it is quite clear that like many another Irish opportunist, his lineage is nothing that a thousand others couldn't claim equally.

Essentially, this is a Victorian novel totally unlike any other Victorian novel I have ever read, and as such deserves many more readers than it has had, even allowing for those who picked it up after seeing the Kubrick movie (in my opinion a waste of film.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Remarkably accurate portrayal of the vice of social climbing 16 mai 2009
Par Dr. Lee D. Carlson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This story, like many others published in the 19th century, has many parallels today. The environment in which its characters were embedded in was certainly different, but their aspirations and pettiness has its analog in contemporary society. The moment when one decides to cloak oneself in the doctrine of respectability is when one has morphed into a Barry Lyndon. Thackeray's novel is in this sense a testament to conservatism: how traditions and beliefs, no matter how sterile they are, are dragged from one generation to the next. Young generations, of which Redmond Barry is an example, are fitted with the shackles of these beliefs, with only some managing to release themselves. The others are content to proceed along the path of a Barry Lyndon: to find some kind of contentment or belonging in societal norms, the latter of course never to be questioned.

Some readers may consider Barry the epitome of wisdom and cleverness. After all, he attained enormous wealth and respectability, and this is sometimes taken to be an acid test for intelligence and courage. And in this regard it must be remembered that Barry was at first no deadbeat: he was always good on his gambling debts. But apparently this was not "respectable" enough to buy his election to the House near the end of the story. Others plotted his defeat here, either motivated by envy or some other equally decadent emotion. Barry condemns the people (the Tiptoffs) that did this to him, as if he alone should be granted a divine right to swindle.

The historical tidbits in the novel are not to be missed: references to the American Revolution and its support by Edmund Burke, the hero of modern conservative thought; the mentioning of the "old scamp and swindler" Gustavus Adolphus; the Thirty Years War with its deplorable confrontation between Catholics and Protestants; and of course the Seven Year's War in which the story has as its backdrop.

But less Barry be condemned as being the most reprehensible of characters, one need only be reminded of Lord Bullingdon and his insistence on lineage as being the origin of true virtue. Or maybe Captain John Quin who demanded respect for his being an Englishman, and a "man of property." And then there is Barry's family, who scolded him for "robbing them of 1500l a year." These characters may induce a strong perturbation in some readers, enough perhaps to wish these characters' faces be decorated with a thick coat of saliva.

What could a reader say about the supposed "moral of the story", namely that worldly success is not always the consequence of virtue? There is a plethora of contemporary evidence for this: one need only step into a university to observe an abundance of milksops. But when one asks what the nature of good fortune really is, the issue becomes complex. One must then be able to differentiate luck from the results of carefully made plans, or even to dispense completely with the concept of luck. The Irish leprechaun is not to be depended upon in the story and "accomplishments" of Barry Lyndon, the untimely death of Sir Charles Lyndon not withstanding. Barry's misfortunes and eventual demise were mainly the result of his comfort at being an ornament of English society, with his self-painting using the varnishes of unearned wealth, with his dogmatic belief that only rogues succeed in life, with his selling of his personal liberty to the Establishment, the latter of which he pledged steadfast obedience and homage. In the latter Barry shows kinship to the contemporary conservative, who asks us to respect institutions and hierarchies, but this going hand in hand with the perhaps unintended consequence of showing "hearty scorn and abhorrence of all other forms of belief".

But Barry's sojourn in the logosphere of pretentious English society did not last throughout his life, he eventually passing on in debtors prison. This is a fitting tribute to one who thought mammon to be the most stable and controlling entity in his existence. Barry was thrown in prison for not paying his debts, and like these he never paid the debt to himself: the self that he extinguished as soon as he made the decision to embed himself in the established practices of his day, however sterile, unproductive, and supercilious they were.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Barry Lyndon - a self-condemning scoundrel 2 avril 2013
Par Greg Deane - Publié sur Amazon.com
William Thackeray's The Luck of Barry Lyndon, is a novel-without-a-hero, narrated by the disingenuous Irish adventurer, Barry Redmond, whose lies and misrepresentations, coupled with his misconceptions of honour and manners, unintentionally reveal him to be a bullying scoundrel. Fleeing from the legal consequences of a duel, he becomes an enlisted soldier in both British and Prussian armies during the Seven Years War (1756-1763). His duplicitous nature serves him well as a spy, a gamester and confidence man, improving his skills as a charlatan under his uncle, the Chevalier de Balibari. He hunts down the Countess of Lyndon, picking quarrels with her admirers and duelling with them, while weaving a scandal round her that obliges her to marry him. Despite achieving a great fortune, he dies, attended only by his mother, a bankrupt in the Fleet Prison. On his life's journey he becomes increasingly alcoholic, starting on one bottle of wine a day to six, and suffering from delirium tremens.

Barry Lyndon may be Thackeray's most unsavoury story, the eponymous character having no redeeming traits at all. Redmond Barry is similar to Henry Fielding's villain Jonathan Wild, though he commits his own misdeeds, always managing to stay within the law as it was in the 18th century. Unlike Wilding, Lyndon amuses his audience by his lack of self-knowledge frequently describing others as 'Common' while coming to believe in the fantasy he embellishes that he is descended from the kings of Ireland.

Other inconsistencies abound including Lyndon's belief that he is a man of courage and of genius, though he is tricked by his first love, Nora Brady; the intriguing Countess Ida; and, on several occasions, by his wife, Lady Lyndon, whom the reader is pleased to see finally manages to rid herself of him. He is a bully who abuses and robs those unable to defend themselves -- women, children, and weaklings, including Lord Fakenham whom he beats and robs while he is wounded and bedridden with fever. He savagely thrashes his step-son, Lord Bullingdon, when he begins to defy him.

A further irony in Lyndon's claims to noble Irish lineage, is conveyed by his Protestant upbringing, an implication that his family has betrayed its Catholic heritage for property rights, while he boasts that he has taught to think of himself as an Englishman.

The novel is a rewarding book that provides insights into several social levels in a number of European settings in the 18th century; and it is a shrewd psychological study of a mountebank who unintentionally condemns himself out of his own mouth.

Barry Lyndon
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Engaging Book 13 mars 2012
Par Rick Photo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is a classic. It's interesting to read the work that inspired the film. Compelling and engaging look back in time. I would recommend this book and the film too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Portrait of a Sociopath 7 juin 2014
Par SLB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
**Barry Lyndon** is a brilliant book by Thackeray. His lightehearted **Vanity Fair** is my favorite book, so I excitedly jumped into **Barry Lyndon** expecting something similar. Instead, I found myself realizing that I was seeing the world through the eyes of an evil sociopath. Thackeray himself said that he hated Lyndon, hated writing the book, and that it was the most difficult one he ever wrote.

Forget Kubrick's "lovable scoundrel". Barry Lyndon is an occasionally charming sociopath in all that that implies. I suggested this to a book group, and by the end all of us women were shaken in horror by this "hero". What's as frightening as Lyndon is the inability of so many readers to recognize his evil for what it is.
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