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Skippy Dies

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ISBN13: 9780865479487
ISBN10: 0865479488
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Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublins 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 Skippys 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 basketballplaying 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 sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

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Why does Skippy, a 14-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, now available in a three-volume set.

About the Author

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. Skippy Dies, his second novel, was long-listed for the Booker prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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AY, September 30, 2010 (view all comments by AY)
This was an impulse buy after skimming through a New York Times review. I've never heard of the author, and I was in the midst of reading a bunch of Swedish murder mysteries and needed a break. Maybe the title, 'Skippy Dies', with its backwards 'reveal the end of the story at the beginning' reminded me a little of Agnes Varda's Vagabond, and the Irish boarding school setting evoked a little bit of Harry Potter (without magic spells and whatnot). It's an excellent book. Read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479487
Author:
Murray, Paul
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
3 Volume Box-Set
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
SET SOFTCOVER
Grade Level:
A</P><P>&#8220;Dazzling . . . If killing your prot
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
7.81 x 5.06 in

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"Synopsis" by , Why does Skippy, a 14-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, now available in a three-volume set.
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