I am not very clear about the meaning of the phrase "stranger-than-fiction" from the novel "Waterland" that was written by Graham Swift.
But I didn’t take up this offer. Because, as it happened, you listened, you listened, all ears, to those new-fangled lessons. You listened to old Cricky’s crazy yarns (true? made up?) – in a way you never listened to the stranger-than-fiction prodigies of the French Revolution.
What's the meaning of the phrase "stranger-than-fiction"? Is it an adjectival phrase?