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Skippy Dies: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Poor Skippy

Paul Murray must have labored hard to write a 661 page novel. The story is intricate, colorful characters have been created, and a variety of things happen to them. In the beginning, the reader is filled with optimism that the story will turn out to be a good one- after...
Paul Murray must have labored hard to write a 661 page novel. The story is intricate, colorful characters have been created, and a variety of things happen to them. In the beginning, the reader is filled with optimism that the story will turn out to be a good one- after all, the author has filled up 661 pages! But it is not to be, as, in my opinion, the story takes turns that are simply not credible, written more for the shock value than any attempt to be real. The twists in the tale end up even more bizarrely, and, sad to say, knowing from the beginning that Skippy Dies, there is not much reason to keep reading. I give it four stars, though, because it is a work that includes some really good scenes, just not the sum of the parts.

posted by KenCady on September 24, 2010

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3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

IS IT GOOD???????

ok so everybodys talkin about how badly its priced..... iis it a good book or no?!?!?!?!

posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2011

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    Poor Skippy

    Paul Murray must have labored hard to write a 661 page novel. The story is intricate, colorful characters have been created, and a variety of things happen to them. In the beginning, the reader is filled with optimism that the story will turn out to be a good one- after all, the author has filled up 661 pages! But it is not to be, as, in my opinion, the story takes turns that are simply not credible, written more for the shock value than any attempt to be real. The twists in the tale end up even more bizarrely, and, sad to say, knowing from the beginning that Skippy Dies, there is not much reason to keep reading. I give it four stars, though, because it is a work that includes some really good scenes, just not the sum of the parts.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Disturbing but good!

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up. Wow. What a story. It was disturbing, but heartfelt. This is such a well told story that you can look beyond the disturbing parts. I actually found myself buying into the mysticism but it never goes too far off course. It's a long book, but you won't be able to put it down! Even though it's about teens at a prep school, I don't think it's appropriate for kids that age to read. A word of warning: As a Catholic, it may make you angry.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Entertaining...

    Interesting characters and plot lines. Kinda spread-out, though, since it is over 650 pages. Characters come and go, age, die, move away - and just when they're getting interesting! Kept my interest, however, right to the end. Great background stuff in a contemprary genteel Dublin setting. Pops a few baloons this way, not your typical dark Irish Novel, notwithstanding the title. I'd like to read more of his work.

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