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Felicity R, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by Felicity R)
Shockingly good - at least, to me, who never expected to be enamored of a group of fourteen year old Irish schoolboys. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and wise. It was difficult to do anything else when I was reading it and it felt too short at 500+ pages. Since I finished I have recommended it to anyone who even got close to asking me what they should read next, and every person who has followed through on the rec has told me they loved it. So stop worrying about how long it is, or what it is about: this is what literature should be, in every way. Go read it now.
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Tori, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by Tori)
I rarely can find a book that, at its end, makes me both heartbroken and hopeful. Murray has created a moment, built on so many other moments, that catapult the reader into a complete state of turmoil. Skippy Dies artfully constructs the lives of its many characters around this one moment and once it passes, you are just as changed as they are. This book is a study of youth, of fading, of secrets, of horror, of pain, but also of innocence in all its forms, and how easily it breaks.
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Marc Harshman, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Marc Harshman)
A terrific story that I could not put down. Although very much in the modernist tradition with the 'unexpected' becoming almost expected at every turn of the page, nonetheless, the narrative remained clear and compelling throughout. It also contained a heady mixture of irreverence and sweetness that I found delicious.
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orla, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by orla)
incredibly moving. a must read and without doubt a winner.
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Murray, Paul
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Literature-A to Z
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Product details 672 pages Faber & Faber - English 9780865478619 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Extravagantly entertaining....One of the great pleasures of this novel is how confidently [Paul Murray] addresses such disparate topics as quantum physics, video games, early-20th-century mysticism, celebrity infatuation, drug dealing, Irish folklore and pornography....Six hundred sixty-one pages may seem like a lot to devote to a bunch of flatulence-obsessed kids, but that daunting length is part and parcel of the cause to which Skippy Dies, in the end, is most devoted. Teenagers, though they may not always act like it, are human beings, and their sadness and loneliness (and their triumphs, no matter how temporary) are as momentous as any adults. And novels about them — if they're as smart and funny and touching as Skippy Dies — can be just as long as they like.”
"Review" by , “Murray's humor and inventiveness never flag. And despite a serious theme — what happens to boys and men when they realize the world isn't the sparkly planetarium they had hoped for — Skippy Dies leaves you feeling hopeful and hungry for life. Just not for doughnuts.”
"Review" by , "Funny, tragic, thoroughly captivating....One of the most enjoyable books of the year."
"Review" by , "Skippy is so desperately, painfully alive that you hope the mere act of reading about him will save him....A virtuosic display you'd expect from a writer with the confidence to kill off his title character in the title."
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