Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies

Book - 2010 | 1st American ed.
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Why does Skippy, a student at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory? Or Carl, the teenage drug dealer who is Skippy's rival in love?
Publisher: New York : Faber & Faber, 2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780865479432
Characteristics: 661 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 01, 2019

Marlon James"one of the best books this century" don't go by the book cover he says

Nov 05, 2014

I loved this book. Captures teen angst in its zaniest, brainiest and most heart-rending form. Author Paul Murray deftly captures the voices of his Irish characters. The book is a sort of a backward telescoping tale from the moment of the big bang--Skippy's sudden demise--to its underlying causes, I can't wait for the next book by this author.

stillkicking Oct 02, 2014

A fantastic read with humour, creativity, insight, pain and grief.
The setting is a school in Ireland, but I think the characters have a universal quality. The novelist writes his story in fragments, shards and you think the tale will always be broken, but then it kicked in for me and I never wanted it to end...

Aug 02, 2012

This is a story of adolescents at boarding school, with a parallel story of teachers. It was much better than I expected.

Jul 23, 2012

I fell in love with this book after reading the inside jacket's comparisons to Infinite Jest's Enfield Tennis Academy and Harry Potter's Hogwarts. The book did not disappoint. It was a perfect mix of humor and heartache definitely worthy of the comparisons.

Jun 05, 2012

I pretty much loved this. Experimental, funny, tragic. Tackling string theory, midlife angst and teenage insecurity. Oh, and also spiritualism, video games, RPG and WWI. The author deftly switches voices. From the mind of Carl the menacing, hulking, empty yet enigmatic bully. The oftimes lost and pathetic Howard the Coward. Ruprecht. Some of my now all-time favorite characters in literature.

patienceandfortitude Jan 29, 2012

Very worthwhile read, though I'm convinced that I would have liked it better if I were a guy, a little too much about sex-obsession among adolescents and immature adult males. But beautifully written and makes me want to read Robert Graves.

Jan 18, 2012

Meh. Couldn't get into it.

Dec 20, 2011

Excellent book with rich characters, especially little Skippy. Sits at #1 on my list of top books from 2010.

Nov 12, 2011

Looking at all the previous comments, I don't think I have much to add. Except that this book is FUNNY. Not ha-ha funny, not fun at the expense of others' misfortune. But a kind of sublime humor that arises from the clash of conformity against the chaos and anguish that is youth. This is a book that is worth reading a second time (that is, if you can imagine reading anything a second time in these days!). This is a book that makes me remember what it was, to feel the crush and splendor of first love.

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Aug 04, 2012

‘Do you think we should do something?’ Niall says. ‘Do something?’ Dennis repeats. ‘Like what?’ ‘Like, stop him somehow.’ ‘And just let this Neanderthal waltz off with the great love of his life, is that it?’ Like many pessimists, Dennis becomes strangely energized when things are actually at their worst. ‘He should sit tight and let himself be bullied and trampled over for another four years, and then some day when he’s an accountant married to some mediocre-looking girl the bullies didn’t want he can take revenge by giving Carl Incorporated a really exacting audit?’

Aug 08, 2011

Skippy and Ruprecht are having a donut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair. It is a Friday in November, and Ed's is only half full; if Skippy makes a noise as he topples to the floor, no one pays attention. Nor is Ruprecht, at first, overly concerned; rather he is pleased, because it means that he, Ruprecht, has won the race, his sixteenth in a row, bringing him one step closer to the all-time record held by Guido "The Gland" LaManche, Seabrook College class of '93.


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