Summary Of The Liar By Tobias Wolff

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In Tobias Wolff’s, “The Liar”, James fabricates stories because it serves as a method of coping with the loss of his father and filling the empty space in his life. James has a solid relationship with his father. They have many things in common and discover things that bring them closer together. James and his father share the same sense of humor, getting the same jokes and puns that nobody else seem to get. They also realized that they had something else in common, “a shared fear” (505). These commonalities are most evident in the retelling of the family trip to Yosemite and the encounter with the bear. James and his father seem to be the only ones who actually fear the bear. James’ father’s joking after the fact was “perverse to the others”,

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