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Barry Lyndon (Oxford World's Classics)
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Number of Pages : 384

Set in late 18th century Europe the adventures and mis-adventures of a minor member of the Irish gentry trying to better himself. Redmond Barry of Bally Barry is a clever young man, who learns the manners of a gentleman. This serves him well, for the next few decades he meanders through Europe, as a soldier, mercenary, gambler, and vagabond. He reaches the pinnacle of worlSet in late 18th century Europe the adventures and mis-adventures of a minor member of the Irish gentry trying to better himself. Redmond Barry of Bally Barry is a clever young man, who learns the manners of a gentleman. This serves him well, for the next few decades he meanders through Europe, as a soldier, mercenary, gambler, and vagabond. He reaches the pinnacle of worldly success by marriage to an English heiress, but disastrously squanders her fortune and good will. In 1975 Stanley Kubrick released a movie based on this novel.


Barry Lyndon (Oxford World's Classics) Reviews

  • StevenGodin

    Had someone asked me last week to name them a film better than the book, off the top of my head I couldn't give a definitive answer. If the same question popped up today, my immediate response would be, Stanley Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon'. A film I adore so much it even had me playing the Film's beautiful music softy in the background whilst reading Thackeray's novel, hoping it would start to dazzle the book. It didn't. That's not to say there wasn't much to enjoy about the Irish rogue's escapades [...]

  • Bettie☯

    What a cad Barry is! A line from the book sums up this blackguard: "he is the one St.Patrick missed."The Duel Scene

  • Tristram

    Yet Another Novel Without a HeroWilliam Makepeace Thackeray, who in his own time was vying for the peak of popularity among Victorian readers with the Inimitable Dickens himself, would by now be completely eclipsed in modern bookshops – as it happened to Bulwer-Lytton, for instance –, were it not for his still well-known novel Vanity Fair (1848), which proclaimed itself “a novel without a hero”, as it mercilessly satirized Victorian society. Although Thackeray’s way of narrating and co [...]

  • Alex

    Turns out Becky Sharp makes a pretty awful dude.The adventurer is a stock villain in Victorian literature. With no money but plenty of charm, he or she tries to marry into comfort, sometimes with the help of one dastardly plot or another. Sir Felix Carbury of Trollope's The Way We Live Now is a good one, and Lady Audley; Daniel Defoe's Roxana is an early example."Dare, and the world always yields: or, if it beat you sometimes, dare again, and it will succumb."And Thackeray loves them. He'll get [...]

  • Laura LVD

    Barry Lyndon es pícaro, egoísta, ególatra, derrochador, mentiroso, xenófobo, trata mal a las mujeres; no hay un sólo defecto que no tenga. Pero él se describe como generoso, bondadoso, valiente, lleno de cualidades, de alto rango y un montón más de calificativos que no concuerdan con la propia historia que nos cuenta - narrador no fiable si los hay. Básicamente él se cree que todo el mundo le debe respeto y que debe conseguir una fortuna debido a esos ancestros nobles de los cuales des [...]

  • Libros Prohibidos

    Novela de lectura sorprendentemente rápida y fácil, agradable y divertida. Tiene su buena ración de partes monótonas y densas (divagar acerca del miembro tal y cual de la nobleza es lo que tiene) pero no son insoportables. Reseña completa: libros-prohibidos/will

  • Maria Thomarey

    Το διάβασα σε2 1/2 μέρες . Σχεδόν απνευστί . Απο τις εκδόσεις "Ζαχαροπουλος" . Το είδα σήμερα και συγκινήθηκα .

  • Greg Deane

    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 [...]

  • Lazarus P Badpenny Esq

    ''Mr. Barry Lyndon is as unprincipled a personage as ever has figured at the head of a history, and as the public will persist in having a moral appended to such tales, we beg here respectfully to declare that we take the moral of the story of Barry Lyndon, Esquire, to be, - that worldly success is by no means the consequence of virtue; that if it is effected by honesty sometimes, it is attained by selfishness and roguery still oftener; and that our anger at seeing rascals prosper and good men f [...]

  • Charlaralotte

    Oh I got soo tired of Barry Lyndon. He never learns anything and remains a vain, foolish, pompous ass until the day he dies (which unfortunately doesn't come quickly enough). I did like the historical bits about clothing, horses, carriages, debt, gambling, etc. The restoh what a dull creature despite all his braggadocio. The intro said that Thackeray had added many more fake editor's notes at one point. I wish my edition had those notes. The few that were there were very amusing.Also perplexed b [...]

  • Margaret

    Barry Lyndon is a classically "unreliable narrator". He's an Irish rogue who joins the British army after an unhappy love affair and then goes on to fame and fortune as a fashionable gambler. As in Vanity Fair, Thackeray is interested in representing his characters accurately and realistically, and his portrayal of the dissolute, amoral Barry, a rake who thinks he's a prince among men, is masterful.

  • Anastasia

    Nel momento in cui un personaggio comincia a raccontarti morte e miracoli, uno si aspetta che abbia fatto grandi cose, o che abbia agito in maniera tale da ispirarti, ma non è mica detto, eh.Barry Lyndon assilla il proprio lettore dilungadosi sulla sua progidiosa vita, che a detta di lui, è fra le più singolare di qualsiasi uomo vissuto in Europa (ma anche no).Comincia dai tempi in cui era un bambino proveniente da una famiglia irlandese alla rovina, per mano dei debiti di gioco della figura [...]

  • Jelinas

    I used to be a compulsive liar.When I was young, I would lie all the time – to my parents, to my teachers, to my siblings, to my friends. Whenever I was asked a question I didn’t know the answer to, I’d just make one up. I once told my little brother that they made a cast of Abraham Lincoln’s face after he died and then shrank it with that machine from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and used it as the mold for the modern penny. Hey, he’s the one who believed me.It wasn’t until I hit high s [...]

  • Johnny Waco

    Barry Lyndon is a fine, rollicking example of the picaresque novel, in the tradition of Tom Jones perhaps. Redmond Barry is ambitious and headstrong, meant for a life of pleasure and recognition, but there is one slight problem--he was born into a decayed, dubiously aristocratic family in Ireland. After fighting his first duel at fifteen, he flees Ireland and goes through a hilarious series of adventures: army deserter, spy, gambler and card cheat, seducer, and sycophant. Unscrupulous but endear [...]

  • Mel

    Vanity Fair is one of my favourite books and from the bit I read of this in the bookshop it sounded like it'd be just as fun. Unfortunately, the main character was such a cad you just really couldn't like him at all. I was wanting a likeable villain, like Becky or Valmont, but he was just a horrid gambler, wife and child beating drunk. The style was still absolutely gorgeous though and there were some amazingly beautiful turns of phrase. It did make me laugh in several places I just wish there h [...]

  • Shawn

    The Luck of Barry Lyndon was well written and stylish. Unfortunately, I just could not find myself cheering for the major character. The back cover touts Barry Lyndon as an Irish adventurer and a likable rogue. It seemed as if he started out as headstrong, impetuous lad and ended up being a pathetic, bully and narcissist with no redeeming qualities. He grew more unlikable as the novel progressed. His alcoholism and gambling took over his life and ruined the fortunes of the unfortunate woman he t [...]

  • Leslie

    3.5*Perhaps I had too high expectations of this novel I loved Vanity Fair & so expected to love this too so maybe my rating should be 4 rather than 3.5; I'll see how I feel once some time has passed.Barry Lyndon (nee Redmond Barry) is an Irish scamp (similar to Flashman) but unlike with Becky Sharpe, I didn't feel the charm of the character. I also didn't find the same humor in this novel that had me laughing in Vanity Fair. It was an enjoyable book that I am glad that I read but it seems un [...]

  • Sandra

    Esco esasperata ma contenta dalla lettura di questo romanzo. Esasperata perché il protagonista mi ha infastidito, innervosito, fino a farsi odiare, per cui il finale che gli spetta mi ha soddisfatto. Però….La duplicità di sensazioni sopra descritta mi ha accompagnato fino alla fine, con prevalenza a momenti dell’una e a momenti dell’altra. Thackeray si è divertito a creare un Barry Lindon tronfio, bugiardo, vanesio, giocatore incallito, ubriacone, spendaccione, manesco, ignorante, un i [...]

  • Helen Grant

    The eponymous Barry Lyndon is the ultimate unreliable narrator; as he lies, swindles, fights, gambles and flirts his way across late 18th century Europe he consistently presents himself in an unfeasibly flattering light. This makes for an entertaining and amusing novel, although taken objectively the "hero" is not at all likeable. The chief pleasures of this book are reading between the lines to the unsavoury truth, and the lively wit - I laughed very much at phrases like "a girl with no more be [...]

  • Nick

    I went into the book thinking I was going to get a picaresque novel à la Three Musketeers and was left disappointed. While it certainly fits the basic definition, I felt it lacked any of the liveliness found in Dumas' work. This might have to do with the fact that the story is told by Barry as an old man looking back on his life rather than it happening in the moment. I am still interested in seeing how Kubrick interpreted the novel into film. My advice: if you want to read Thackeray, go for Va [...]

  • Carolina Morales

    (too bad I don't beleive in Past lives, otherwise, I would have the strong feeling I lived during the 7 Years War)Barry Lyndon is my first venture into a Thackeray novel. I have tried and forsaken Vanity Fair multiple times and have been avoiding the movie like hell because I still hope I may finish it. In the meantime, this book, the Stanley Kubrick movie and its soundtrack crossed my path, so I gave it a sympathetic try and do not regret it at all. Barry Lyndon is an Irishman whose temper is m [...]

  • Monty Milne

    I read this concurrently with Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility", and every time I was choked with ennui at Austen, I turned with relief to Thackeray. The only real objection anyone can have to this is the unlikeability of Barry Lyndon himself. Yes, that can be a big objection, but there is a pleasure in seeing him progress towards his come-uppance, though moderated by our pity at the tragedies along the way. But there is laughter and pleasure a-plenty too, and the narrative bursts with energ [...]

  • Paraíso Cuatro

    No recuerdo cuándo, ni tampoco en qué sitio, leí quejarse a Arturo Pérez-Reverte de que uno de los vicios más comunes de las novelas históricas es no saber reflejar adecuadamente la moral y el comportamiento de la época. Comparativa completa Libro vs Película de Miguel Jaén paraiso4blog.wordpress/20

  • Kris McCracken

    A rollicking tale of a not very nice chap, who does not very nice things, to not very nice people. I liked the first two thirds of the book, but hated the central character by the final third.While this is perhaps true to the heart of the tale, it does not make it an easy read.

  • Chris Johnson

    A crazy story about a self-deluded loafer who wanders through Europe in the 1880s. He constantly fails at whatever he tries, but is under the impression that he's succeeded marvelously. A cynical book about human nature and how well people can deceive themselves. A fun read.

  • Doreen Petersen

    Really enjoyed the way the author presented this book but as for the main character I found him lacking in several human morals.

  • Maite

    This isn't exactly a huge book but it did take me longer than usual to finish, mostly because of it's slow pace and it's biographical style. He's a very anti-hero sort of character, his morals are low and he thinks very highly of himself. Much like the main character on the only other Thackeray book I have read, Becky Sharp on Vanity Fair. Interesting to see a writer from the 19th century that wrote basically the same character, but with different genders in two different books.

  • Jim

    I still loved this book, as I love all flawed antiheroes and unreliable narrators, but upon a reread it was clearer to me than before what an utter sociopath Redmond Barry Lyndon is. He literally thinks of nothing but his image, how to advance himself, accumulate wealth and position in society and has no qualms about lying, cheating, stealing or violence to get them. Even his instances of generosity are with an eye to manipulating others into doing what he wants. He shuns his own mother when he [...]

  • Robyn Blaber

    If anyone has ever had occasion to boast, only to find that their audience is astonished not at the grandeur of the boast, but the nature of the boast itself well this is the book for you. Barry Lyndon narrates his life much in the style of Giacomo Casanova, exchanging the unbridled sexual acts for even more unbridled acts of violence, often in the form dueling. What's funny is the way Barry stops so often to say, "Now the reader might get the impression that I [am a very bad person] because of [...]

  • David Ramirer

    die memoiren des barry lyndon sind eine unglaubliche aufschneidergeschichte, die nur so strotzt von selbstüberhöhung, selbstverleugnung, einbildung und offensichtlichen lügenmärchen. lyndon hangelt sich an seinem eingebildeten adelsstand höher als man es für möglich hält, watet dabei in unfassbarem leid und ungemach, den er verursacht und redet sich all diese erlebnisse so sehr schön, dass er am ende - wie er meint - mit völlig weißer weste dasteht und alle anderen sich ihm gegenüber [...]