Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies A tragic comedy of epic sweep and dimension Skippy Dies wrings every last drop of humour and hopelessness out of life love mermaids M theory the poetry of Robert Graves and all the mysteries of

  • Title: Skippy Dies
  • Author: Paul Murray
  • ISBN: 9780241141823
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • A tragic comedy of epic sweep and dimension, Skippy Dies wrings every last drop of humour and hopelessness out of life, love, mermaids, M theory, the poetry of Robert Graves, and all the mysteries of the human heart.Why does Skippy, a fourteen year old boy at Dublin s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop Could it have something tA tragic comedy of epic sweep and dimension, Skippy Dies wrings every last drop of humour and hopelessness out of life, love, mermaids, M theory, the poetry of Robert Graves, and all the mysteries of the human heart.Why does Skippy, a fourteen year old boy 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, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten dimensional string theory Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy s rival in love Or could the Automator , the ruthless, smooth talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school, have something to hide Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined With a cast of characters that ranges from hip hop loving fourteen year old Eoin MC Sexecutioner Flynn to basketball playing midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sa

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    • Paul Murray

      Paul Murray is an Irish novelist He studied English literature at Trinity College, Dublin and has written two novels An Evening of Long Goodbyes shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2003, and nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award and Skippy Dies longlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize and the 2010 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for comic fiction.

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    • I m the product of an Irish Catholic boarding school for boys In September 1968, at the tender age of 11, I left the warm over protective bosom of home and family not just one, but two grandmothers, and a housekeeper to fuss over me while my mother saw patients and became one of the 80 or so boys in the first year class at a Franciscan boarding school, about 25 miles north of Dublin, and 160 miles from home The experience, particularly the first year, was incredibly brutal But it was also entire [...]


    • Skippy Dies is a work of genius Where else could you combine a coming of age tale with string theory, ancient Celtic mythology with fart humor, consideration of cultural forgetfulness with Druid drug dealers say that five times fast , a look at adulthood as a continuation of adolescence with better tools but less hope, substance abuse of sundry sorts, from doughnuts to diet pills, from weed to heroin and cocaine, from sexual predation to the hormonal cravings of early adolescence to self cutting [...]


    • skippy dies on the first page of this booken there are 600 pages of buildup and aftermath has been compared to Infinite Jest,which i can see, but i also feel it is a good companion piece to The Instructions all three of these books IJ only in part focus on adolescents who are in school boarding school environments that use genuinely funny as opposed to manipulative funny humor to offset the horrors of youth and its incipient discoveries they all have elements of the absurd, of the near slapstick [...]


    • What to say, what to say I really enjoyed this book, and I never really feel like writing reviews of my favorites, probably because it s easier to be snarky while taking the piss oh British Writing about something that I found intellectually stimulating, or that made me laugh, or moved me or all three, which this one did requires me to be genuine and thoughtful in a way making fun of Stephanie Meyer never will But this is definitely one of my top new release reads of the year, probably a close s [...]


    • Q Oh, what s this I don t quite understand As I recall you said a few derogatory things about Skippy Dies when you were on p 120 and even by p 250 you weren t dancing in the streets and giving out free copies, and yet, here we see five fat stars sitting there, I counted them, and as I understand it that s the maximum number you can award, so what accounts for this seeming change of heart and are you a little ashamed of your original remarks Would you wish to do a little public recanting A Yes, w [...]


    • Succinctly, Skippy Dies is giddy nitrous laughter, childish wonderment, adolescent awkwardness, and the disappointment and disenchantment of adulthood wrapped up in a hard cover This book made me laugh and sigh and occasionally hate the big, mean world before conceding that there is still much within it to pine for And that is the whole point of most coming of age tales, right It has all the proper ingredients, leading it to feel a little too capital c Cute here and there, but all in all this mo [...]


    • This is a very, very funny book At times, it s relentlessly funny But then, Hmm, maybe you should have asked one of the nuns, Dennis remarks contemplatively Did you ask them, Ruprecht Did you ask the nuns to show you their mound I will suggest to you that, questions of aesthetics and all things literary aside, that it is, in fact, impossible for most male readers, straight or not straight, to avoid being caught up by the frequently juvenile boy humor that runs rampant throughout Skippy Dies Yes, [...]


    • Things I learned from Skippy Dies The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost is actually about anal sex Now please don t all leave me outraged comments and personal messages asking me how I can be so disgusting and impugn Frost s memory I didn t make it up it s actually in the book Ok, I did choose to mention it, but seriously, how you can review this book without mentioning it, I don t know But there s a lot to Skippy Dies, which was long listed for the Man Booker Paul Murray is pretty brilliant i [...]


    • Skippy, buddy, I am sorry I wanted to hear out your story, but some of these people around you tried my patience too far.From the moment I started reading Skippy Dies, I couldn t stop thinking that I could be reading something better instead More than 150 pages later, I was still thinking the same I decided I didn t want to continue reading about a couple of teenagers except Skippy and Ruprecht being kind of d cks and the dismal life of one uninteresting adult.Skippy Dies is not bad I so wish it [...]


    • Onvan Skippy Dies Nevisande Paul Murray ISBN 241141826 ISBN13 9780241141823 Dar 661 Safhe Saal e Chap 2010


    • In Skippy Dies Paul Murray writes 21st century Ireland s response to Joyce s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Set in the fictional Seabrook College, the novel follows the lives of Daniel Skippy Juster and his overweight, genius friend Ruprecht van Doren However, as the title suggests, Skippy dies He dies on the very first page The novel then rewinds back la The Secret History and the story begins Over the next 600 pages Murray writes one of the greatest Irish novels of the century thus fa [...]


    • Talk about truth in advertising.As promised in the title, Skippy dies In fact, he dies in the first few pages when he falls off his stool in a doughnut shop Who was this kid and what happened Well, that s what the rest of the book is for.Skippy was Daniel Juster, a shy and nerdy boy at a Catholic boy s school in Ireland In the time before his death, we meet a variety of characters that are unknowingly part of the chain of events that lead to his untimely demise There s Skippy s roommate, an over [...]


    • First, whoever wrote the jacket copy for this book deserves to be given a few punches to the head For the life of me I can t even remember there being a midget basketball player oh wait, now I can, but the very brief paragraph or two that he appears in the book is unessential , and the white rapper character is just a piece of comic relief Other reviews do a good job of lambasting the jacket blurbs Second, I ve read about half of the Harry Potter books, and I don t see the comparison between thi [...]


    • How telling it is, he says in his sermon, shaking his illustrious golden locked head, that Daniel s short life should come to its end in a restaurant devoted to doughnuts For in some ways, is our modern way of life not comparable to one of these doughnuts Junk food that satisfies only temporarily, that offers a quick fix , but has, at the center of it, a hole Doughnuts, alcohol, drugs, sex, tv, video games, exercise, you name it we as a society have used it to try to fill up that empty little ho [...]


    • My sons attended a Boys School with the same traditions as Seabrook College with its 140 years of excellence.After reading the Spud Trilogy of John van der Ruit Spud 1The Madness Continues 2andLearning to Fly 3, I wanted to read Skippie Dies as well In a way I felt I owed it to my sons to read these books, since they never shared everything with me I knew they were not talking Not that they were the totally innocent type at all The books made me laugh and cry They confirmed my suspicions, good a [...]


    • I am somewhat reluctantly abandoning this book I feel a bit guilty about it, because I am not without curiosity about how all this meandering prose will resolve itself into a single theme Or maybe it won t.But my guilt only carries me so far Most of the blame here must be assumed by Mr Murray The narration is tedious and gloomy The characters are bleakly hopeless There are occasional references to things like cell phones, string thory, and computers, but I frequently felt the author had roughly [...]


    • a string vibrating at one frequency will give you a quark, say, and a string vibrating at another frequency will give you a photon Nature is made of all the musical notes that are played on this superstring, so the universe is like a kind of symphony Ruprecht, p 152 It s been years since this book came out It made such a big splash on its debut I feared it may be popular fiction of a type that doesn t interest me I waited a little, had a peek, retreated A big book in the vernacular of adolescent [...]


    • Skippy Dies is an eager to please puppy Now let me just say, I m very sympathetic to the problems of an author avoid cliches, show, don t tell, consistent characters that grow, realistic dialogue, active voice Semicolons Adjectives and so on I pat Skippy on its head and say good boy, you re really trying.And yet Little Skippy, I like you well enough but you do get on my nerves.Let s be clear Skippy is not a dog I mean that in every sense It s pretty much a good story, though somewhat predictable [...]


    • The juggler walks on stage to polite applause He hasn t won us over yet, but he seems confident that he will Somewhat surprisingly, he announces what the dramatic highpoint of his act will be before even starting view spoiler This book has nothing to do with juggling It s a metaphor And like the undaunted showman on stage, Murray tells us just a few pages in that Skippy will indeed die hide spoiler Like all jugglers, he has his clich d elements rings, knives, a little fire maybe view spoiler Lik [...]


    • This book is a bit long There are certainly good reasons for it but I do have Murray to blame for staying up all night to finish the last 200 pages of this book Which, without a doubt, are enthralling The length does several things a comment that I m sure the characters of the book would make a crass joke out of , but the most important is the slow roll of character development As many others have pointed out, the book begins on pretty familiar territory There are handfuls of coming of age trope [...]


    • It s several months in the life of a boys public school in Ireland It is nothing like Harry Potter It is chockablock with early teen angst and cruelty, and the particular vagaries of that age of life, which are so easily forgotten when the headiness of later adolescence closes in And everyone s story is the most important story to them, and yet, we discover how different those stories are, and how stories are covered up and papered over, and different narratives installed in their place to make [...]


    • I discovered Skippy dies through and it immediately caught my attention I love novels dealing with perilous youth and growing up, novels dealing with school and academic life when I learned that Skippy Dies follows the lives and adventures of a group of teenagers in an Irish boarding school, I was sold Judging by ratings and reviews I even though that Skippy might enter the great canon of boarding school literature School stories are a very British thing they really kicked off after Thomas Hughe [...]


    • Skippy Dies is a mystery Much less and not really of the who dunit variety, but it s a mystery of life A fairly common complaint among reviewers is that it s too long, but after it s over it s hard to imagine what to cut out I also agreed that it compares to A Catcher in the Rye in spite of the vast difference in size in that you ve learned and are changed by the reading, but it s near impossible to put it in words Since I m not a literature expert, I was confused by the new to me categories Is [...]


    • It s not you, Skippy Dies, it s me.I d heard nothing but praise for this book before I started it Almost all of my friends who ve reviewed it have given it five stars Nearly all of the top rated reviews on give it five stars It was nominated for various awards, including the Booker well, it was longlisted at least Apparently, it s one of Donna Tartt s favourite books So you can imagine that I had high hopes for this one, and started it with absolute optimism that it was bound to become a favouri [...]


    • Bought this today as an OMG congratulations on being 31 and finally getting a real job reward It better be worth it even at the Strand it was 14 Real job does not equal real money on the first day, turns out Holy balls this book is so good I put it 1 on my CCLaP best of 2011 Here s what I said about it there This is a straight up, no nonsense, trickery free whirl of a novel It takes place in an Irish boys school, following a whole group of tween boys, as well as many of their teachers, through a [...]


    • Rating one bazillionth of one star out of five p19 Oh dear GAWD please please please send plagues of boils and masses of ingrown back hairs and painful rectal itch upon the next writer, editor, and publisher to think the adolescent Irish boys are worthy of ANY MORE ATTENTION Enough already, no , basta, and just F CKING STOP IT This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


    • I find growing up such a strain, partly since I ve hit my middle twenties and I can t seem to get on with it All the routines of life unemployment, infidelity, alcoholism I look upon with wry amusement, as mere targets for my satiric inner child to mock from my ivory tower This novel paints a cynically accurate portrait of teenagehood at least among rich Catholic kids as texting thugs driven by spite, sex and sleeping pills And the adults too are misguided souls, aimlessly searching for an elusi [...]


    • Damn good, despite obstacles a little overfamiliar in its coming of age business, a little irritating in its perspectival caprices But the book is consistently smart and enjoyable over its 600 pages better yet, it s a nimble shapeshifter, fluctuating between comedy and tragedy, levity and profundity, without weakening either tonal pole or making too much mess Murray manages to go deep and go sad without sacrificing the book s breezy, buoyant momentum Not an easy trick to pull off, and he deserve [...]


    • I hadn t expected to like Skippy Dies Literary novels haven t attracted my interest for some time now since, say, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and several works by Cormac McCarthy, all read and loved a long time ago Frankly, many literary tomes can seem tedious or pompous or both I relish strange new worlds with unfamiliar landscapes such as those written by China Mi ville and recently, the mind blowing The Quantum Thief.That said, how in the world did Paul Murray pull me into Seabrook Col [...]


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