Skippy Dies

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Product Details
Price
$22.00  $20.46
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
Pages
672
Dimensions
5.57 X 8.3 X 1.12 inches | 1.12 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780865478619

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About the Author

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. Skippy Dies, his second novel, was long-listed for the Booker prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Reviews

"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." --Dan Kois, The New York Times Book Review

"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." --Entertainment Weekly, Grade: A

"Dazzling . . . If killing your protagonist with more than 600 pages to go sounds audacious, it's nothing compared with the literary feats Murray pulls off in this hilarious, moving and wise book . . . It's the Moby Dick of Irish prep schools . . . Murray is an expansive writer, bouncing around in time, tense and point of view." --Jess Walter, Washington Post Book World

"He really does die. It's in the opening scene. But as Paul Murray's novel backtracks to explain what brought about his death." --Radhika Jones, Time magazine

"[Murray] gets away with almost everything, owing to the strength of his remarkable dialogue, which captures the free-associative, sex-obsessed energy of teen-age conversation in all its coarse, riffing brilliance." --The New Yorker (Briefly Noted)

"This epic page-turner sweeps you along with the heedless gusto of youth." --People

"Deeply funny, deeply weird and unlike anything you've ever encountered before." --NPR.org

"The novel is a triumph . . . Brimful of wit, narrative energy and a real poetry and vision." --Adam Lively, The Sunday Times

"A real joy." --Marie Claire

"One of the most enjoyable, funny and moving reads of this young new year." --Patrick Ness, The Guardian

"An utterly engrossing read." --Elle

"Noisy, hilarious, tragic, and endlessly inventive . . . Murray's writing is just plain brilliant." --Kate Saunders, The Times

"A blast of a book." --Kevin Power, The Irish Times

"Darkly funny and wholly enjoyable . . . Murray will never once lose your attention, writing with wit and charm and making this tragicomedy both hilarious and effortlessly moving." --Very Short List

"A total knockout." --The Christian Science Monitor

"A refreshing break from the simple, bloglike prose of more popular novels . . . A most entertaining book from an excellent writer." --Dallas Morning News

"A great, early fall read . . . Bursting with plot and characters." --San Antonio Express-News

"When I tell you there's a scene towards the end of Paul Murray's Skippy Dies, where I was struggling to maintain my composure while reading on the New York subway, I hope you'll understand just how powerful this novel is. And the fantastic thing is: Just a few hundred pages earlier, I was fighting off a major case of the giggles on an airplane because there's another scene in this book that is hysterically funny, that takes its joke and just keeps turning the dial a little bit further until . . . well, until I was about to explode anyway." --Ron Hogan, Beatrice.com

"A triumph." --Bookforum online

"This novel is going straight to the top of my best books of 2010 list." --Baby Got Books