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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141009950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141009957
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Savagely funny, brimful of wit, energy, poetry and vision, unflaggingly entertaining. A triumph (Sunday Times)

One of the most enjoyable, funny and moving reads of this year. A rare tragicomedy that's both genuinely tragic and genuinely comic (Guardian)

Darkly comic, dazzles, every line drips ideas for fun. Unputdownably funny, captivating. A masterpiece (Metro)

Ambitious, wise, funny, fiercely intelligent. The beauty of this cynical, hopeful, beautifully written book is that it builds a detailed world to explore life, the universe and everything (Sunday Express)

Hilarious, heartbreaking, totally engrossing. A triumph (Daily Mail)

Novels rarely come as funny and as moving as this utterly brilliant

exploration of teenhood and the anticlimax of becoming an adult . . . Skippy Dies is intuitive, truthful and one of the finest comic novels written anywhere. Dies? Never! Skippy lives

(Eileen Battersby Irish Times)

I loved Skippy Dies . . . three novels fused into one ignited tragicomic tour de force (Ali Smith Times Literary Supplement)

Skippy Dies is one great high-octane fizz bang of a book (Patrick McCabe Irish Times)

Extravagantly entertaining (New York Times Book Review)

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. A brilliant depiction of the heaven and hell of male adolescence (David Nicholls Guardian)

Murray's writing has earned a place in the contemporary international canon . . . Murray's characters are so three-dimensionally drawn and brought to such vivid life that they may haunt your dreams (Irish Independent)

About the Author

Paul Murray is the author of An Evening of Long Goodbyes, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003, and Skippy Dies, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award in 2010 and (in the United States) the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Mark and the Void is his third novel. He lives in Dublin.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on 2 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
One of the reasons I love reading entire long lists (Skippy Dies was long listed for 2010 Booker Prize) is that I stumble upon fantastic books that I wouldn't otherwise pick up. I had heard good things about Skippy Dies before the Booker long list was announced, but I couldn't motivate myself to read 650+ pages about teenagers living in an Irish boarding school. I'm so pleased that I read this book as it was entertaining, gripping and insightful.

The book opens with Daniel `Skippy' Juster dying. At first the reason for his death seems obvious, but the plot then goes back in time and we slowly discover that the cause of Skippy's death isn't as simple as people initially suspected.

Much of this book could be described as a coming-of-age story, but unlike most other books which describe the lives of teenagers, this book captivated me. Skippy drew me into his emotionally charged world and nearly managed to make me laugh and cry - something no other book has managed to do. I was amazed at how much the everyday school life engaged me - I flew through the book and found every single one of the pages to be captivating and necessary for the plot.

Skippy's roommate is Ruprecht, an overweight genius trying utilise M-theory to travel to another dimension. I'm a big fan of complex science in literature, but I'm sure that those who struggle to understand physics will still love Ruprecht's enthusiasm for invention. As well as physics we are also treated to war poetry, Irish folklore and an array of other subjects - I loved it!

As the book drew to a conclusion I became increasingly impressed with the complexity of the plot. When I reached the final page I wanted to start the book all over again, just so I could see the little clues that I'd failed to pick up on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 22 Aug. 2013
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This book was loaned to me by a friend who wasn't sure whether she should bother reading it. The initial auspices are not favourable. The setting -- a boy's boarding school in Dublin, next door to a girl's school -- made me groan inwardly. Oh no, I gasped, this is a school story, full of the perils and agonies of being a teenager, a genre now fully mined by the Harry Potter series, not to mention ghastly eructations from Grease and Fame to Glee and High School Musical. In Skippy Dies, at least, the school concert which, as in many of the above is a set-piece near the end, is vastly surreal. You'll be pleased to note that the book improved as it went on, and it reads as a seamy satire on the genre, as well as an intriguing exploration of the teenage mind and how it is wilfully misinterpreted by adults. Among the adults, you'll see that those who rise to the top of the managerial heap are those who are prepared to bury any sincerity or refinement of human feeling.

Just don't hand this to a sensitive twelve-year-old. There are f-bombs on every page, and graphic descriptions of porn and underage sex in various guises, and the book is simply swimming in drug overdoses. How very unlike Grease it is. And for that we can all be profoundly grateful.
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This book (longlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize) grabbed hold of me on the very dramatic opening pages and tossed me out the other end (page 672!) only 3 days later. What a page turner. Hailing as I do from the same side of the Liffey where this story is based, it was like being transported back in time to my schooldays, though how times have changed with the onslaught of modern technologies.

Skippy Dies is based primarily in Seabrook College, home to day and boarding pupils alike. It fixes in on both the young teenage students and their teachers, and their lives away from school. What really struck me was how today's teenagers have no concept of what having a private life means. Camera phones and social networking sites are the norm and any indiscretions can be made widely known in seconds.

The book deals beautifully with the story behind each of the main characters, exploring their past, their family life, what brought them to the here and now and their current emotional state. When you add the girls school next door into the mix the story really takes off.

The title is self explanatory, but all is not what it seems, so my advice is to let Murray take you on this wonderfully touching journey of discovery.

I don't want to give away too much other than to say all the characters are wonderfully portrayed in such fantastic detail. Murray's style of writing is both hilarious and poignant.

This is not one to miss. I read the full, one book edition. It also comes in a really nice 3-volume box set if you fancy breaking it up.
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This book wasn't at all what I was expecting. I was expecting it to be set in Australia and about a dolphin (yes, I realise Skippy was a kangaroo, I was confused with Flipper) but it isn't. It is actually set in a prestigious public boys' school in Dublin. As the title suggests, it is about the events surrounding the death of teenage schoolboy Daniel, aka Skippy, the days leading up to his death and the after effects on the school and Skippy's classmates and teachers. This is a very long book and there are many characters who all impact on Skippy in one way or another but principally we see events through Skippy's circle of friends and his teacher, Howard.

From the boys' point of view we are introduced to a host of characters. There are Skippy's friends - the eccentric genius of Ruprecht, the wannabe Italian stallion Mario, prankster Dennis amongst others. Then we have Carl's deeply disturbed, violent nature, who gets involved in drugs whilst his parents' marriage falls apart. Skippy himself has all sorts of problems, quiet and unassuming he is under tremendous pressure from the demands of his swimming coach, a mother with cancer, and falling in love with a girl, Lori, way out of his league. These kids were supposed to be about 14 years old but I felt they could have been older, more like 16. In many ways their lives were relentlessly depressing with no hopes and dreams for the future. It was as if the author was questioning what the point was in these young lives in the big bad world we live in. This contradicted my own view of the world as a parent. The idea that there is no hope of a good future for my children.. well, what's the point in that case?

Then we have the teacher, Howard.
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