By Paul Murray
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010, Paul Murray's "Skippy Dies" is a tragicomic masterpiece about growing up and learning about life in a Dublin boarding school. Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies include very difficult Continue
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010, Paul Murray's "Skippy Dies" is a tragicomic masterpiece about growing up and learning about life in a Dublin boarding school. Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies include very difficult maths and the Search of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Daniel 'Skippy' Juster is his roommate. In the grand old Dublin institution that is Seabrook College for Boys, nobody pays either of them much attention. But when Skippy falls for Lori, the frisbee-playing siren from the girls' school next door, suddenly all kinds of people take an interest - including Carl, part-time drug-dealer and official school psychopath...A tragic comedy of epic sweep and dimension, "Skippy Dies" scours the corners of the human heart and wrings every drop of pathos, humour and hopelessness out of life, love, Robert Graves, mermaids, M-theory, and everything in between. "That rare thing, a comic epic...Murray is a brilliant comic writer, but also humane and touching, and he captures the misery and elation, joy and anxiety of teenage life". (David Nicholls, "Guardian"). "A triumph...brimful of wit and narrative energy". ("Sunday Times").
Irish writer Paul Murray has received much critical attention since the publication of his first novel "An Evening of Long Goodbyes" which was Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2005.
- English Books
- Paperback 672 Pages
- ISBN-10: 0141009950
- ISBN-13: 9780141009957
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publish date: 2011-04-07
- Dimensions: 198 mm x 129 mm x 29 mm Just how big is that?
- Also available as: Hardcover , Softcover , eBook
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