by Paul Murray
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Paul Murray Skippy Meurt is a tragicomic masterpiece on Dublin boarding school Nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2010 Ruprecht Van Doren is overweight, genius whose hobbies are very difficult mathematics and Search for an Extra-Terrestrial IntelligenceDaniel “Skippy’ Juster is his roommateIn the great old Dublin institution which is Seabrook College for Boys, nobody pays either much attentionBut when Skippy falls for Lori, the frisbee siren game of the next girls’ school, suddenly all sorts of people take an interest – including Carl, part-time official drug dealer of the school and psychopathA tragic comedy of epics and dimension, Skippy Dies of diarrhea corners of the human soul and twists at every drop of pathos, humor and despair of life, love, Robert Graves, sirens, M-theory, and everything in betweenThis so rare thing, an epic comic stripMurray is a brilliant comic writer, but also human and touching, and he captures the misery and joy, joy and anxiety of a teenager’s life from David Nicholls, Tutor ” Novels rarely come as funny and as moving as this quite brilliant exploration of teenhood and the disappointment of becoming an adultone of the most beautiful comic novels written everywhere ” Eileen Battersby, Irish Times’I loved Skippy Meurtthree novels merged into one fiery tragicomic tour de force’ Ali Smith, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year “An unforgettable exuberance from the play saga in an Irish boys’ schoolThe insult of repartee is from Shakespeare, the minor of hilarious characters, and Murray captures the ephemeral joys and enduring pains of adolescence perfectly ” Emma Donoghue, Daily Telegraph’A TriumphFilled to the brim with wit and energy narrative’ Sunday Times’ The immense glow of Paul Murray’s darkly comic second novel works on the same m
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