Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop?
Could it have something t ...more
then there are 600 pages of buildup and aftermath.
it has been compared to Infinite Jest,which i can see, but i also feel it is a good companion-piece to The Instructions. all three of these books (IJ only in part) focus on adolescents who are in school/boarding school environments that use genuinely funny (as opposed to manipulative-funny) humor to offset the horrors of youth and its incipient discoveries. they all have elements of the absurd, of the ne ...more
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This book was so engrossing from page one that I spent two sleepless nights trying to finish it, and yes, it was worth it. Skippy Dies will make you laugh out loud while ripping your heart out. As the title suggests, Skippy does die, which becomes the central plot of the book. He dies in the very first chapter. Over the next 600 pages, we find out what happened to Daniel "Skippy" Juster while coming across many distinct characters. I don't know ...more
This is a very, very funny book. At times, it’s relentlessly funny. But then, …
‘Hmm, maybe you should have asked one of the nuns,’ Dennis remarks contemplatively. ‘Did you ask them, Ruprecht? Did you ask the nuns to show you their mound?’
I will suggest to you that, questions of aesthetics and all things literary aside, that it is, in fact, impossible for most male readers, straight or not straight, to avoid being caught up by the frequently juvenile boy-humor that runs rampant throughout Skippy...more
Skippy, buddy, I am sorry. I wanted to hear out your story, but some of these people around you tried my patience too far.
From the moment I started reading Skippy Dies, I couldn't stop thinking that I could be reading something better instead. More than 150 pages later, I was still thinking the same. I decided I didn't want to continue reading about a couple of teenagers (except Skippy and Ruprecht) being kind of d*cks and the dismal life of one uninteresting adult.
Skippy Dies is not bad. I so w ...more
"The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost is actually about anal sex. (Now please don't all leave me outraged comments and personal messages asking me how I can be so disgusting and impugn Frost's memory. I didn't make it up -- it's actually in the book. Ok, I did choose to mention it, but seriously, how you can review this book without mentioning it, I don't know.)
But there's a lot more to Skippy Dies, which was long-listed for the Man Booker. Paul Murray is pre ...more
Over the next 600-pages Murray writes one of the greatest Irish novels of the cent ...more
Second, I've read about half of the Harry Potter books, and I don't see the comparison between ...more
As promised in the title, Skippy dies. In fact, he dies in the first few pages when he falls off his stool in a doughnut shop. Who was this kid and what happened? Well, that’s what the rest of the book is for.
Skippy was Daniel Juster, a shy and nerdy boy at a Catholic boy’s school in Ireland. In the time before his death, we meet a variety of characters that are unknowingly part of the chain of events that lead to his untimely demise. There’s Skippy’s roommate, a ...more
But my guilt only carries me so far. Most of the blame here must be assumed by Mr. Murray. The narration is tedious and gloomy. The characters are bleakly hopeless. There are occasional references to things like cell phones, string thory, and computers, but I frequently felt the author had r ...more
‘How telling it is,’ he says in his sermon, shaking his illustrious golden-locked head, ‘that Daniel’s short life should come to its end in a restaurant devoted to doughnuts. For in some ways, is our modern way of life not comparable to one of these doughnuts? “Junk food” that satisfies only temporarily, that offers a “quick fix”, but has, at the center of it, a hole?’
Doughnuts, alcohol, drugs, sex, tv, video games, exercise, goodreads --you name it -- we as a society have used it to try to fill ...more
After reading the Spud Trilogy of John van der Ruit :
The Madness Continues #2 and
Learning to Fly #3 ,
I wanted to read Skippie Dies as well.
In a way I felt I owed it to my sons to read these books, since they never shared everything with me. I knew they were not talking. Not that they were the totally innocent type at all. The books made m ...more
A whirling, swirling, nonstop rise and fall of energy.
But what exactly are we reading about? Frustrated potential? Emergent identities in adolescence? A sci-fi mystery? A bildungsroman? All of the above?
You know, you spend your childhood watching TV, assuming that at some point in the future everything you see there will one day happen to you: that you too will win a Formula One race, hop a train, foil a group of terrorists, tell someone 'Give me the gun', etc. The...more
“…a string vibrating at one frequency will give you a quark, say, and a string vibrating at another frequency will give you a photon…Nature is made of all the musical notes that are played on this superstring, so the universe is like a kind of symphony.” (Ruprecht, p. 152)
It’s been years since this book came out. It made such a big splash on its debut I feared it may be popular fiction of a type that doesn’t interest me. I waited a little, had a peek, retreated. A big book in the vernacular of ...more
Skippy Dies is an eager-to-please puppy.
Now let me just say, I'm very sympathetic to the problems of an author: avoid cliches, show, don't tell, consistent characters that grow, realistic dialogue, active voice. Semicolons? Adjectives? and so on. I pat Skippy on its head and say good boy, you’re really trying.
Little Skippy, I like you well enough - but you do get on my nerves.
Let’s be clear: Skippy is not a dog. I mean that in every sense. It’s pretty much a good story, though somewhat ...more
I’d heard nothing but praise for this book before I started it. Almost all of my Goodreads friends who’ve reviewed it have given it five stars. Nearly all of the top-rated reviews on Goodreads give it five stars. It was nominated for various awards, including the Booker (well, it was longlisted at least). Apparently, it’s one of Donna Tartt’s favourite books. So you can imagine that I had high hopes for this one, and started it with absolute optimism that it wa ...more
Oh dear GAWD please please please send plagues of boils and masses of ingrown back hairs and painful rectal itch upon the next writer, editor, and publisher to think the adolescent Irish boys are worthy of ANY MORE ATTENTION!!
Enough already, no more, basta, and just F*CKING STOP IT!
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That said, how in the world did Paul Murray pull me into Sea ...more
Holy balls this book is so good. I put it #1 on my CCLaP best-of-2011! Here's what I said about it there:
This is a straight-up, no nonsense, trickery-free whirl of a novel. It takes place in an Irish boys' school, following a whole group of tween boys, as well as many of their teache ...more
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