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One of the editions of this book presents the reader with three separate books in a box, the 650+ pages broken down into more manageable chunks. Three books in one, indeed. There are so many characters, ideas, styles etc in here there are probably more than three books competing for our attention. The seven odd years (since Paul Murray's debut novel) of writing shows. And this second novel is simply not as funny or as good as 'An Evening Of Long Goodbyes'.
There too many secondary characaters. Especially the schoolboys, Skippy's peers; not many of them are distinguishable or memorable. Early on the book presents a vista of spaced-out youth, redolent of The Rules Of Attraction… Read more