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Skippy Dies-SIGNED, DATED & LOCATED

Murray, Paul

ISBN 10: 0865479437 / ISBN 13: 9780865479432
Editorial: Hamish Hamilton, 2010
Usado Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa blanda
Librería: Signature Firsts (Brecon, Reino Unido)

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Fine copy of the three volume issue, which predates the one volume issue. The three individual books are in fine condiiton and are unread. The fragile card box which houses the books is in very good condition with just one hidden crease. Now very scarce in this condition. The book was shortlisted for the Booker and Costa Prizes and received excellent reviews on publication. Signed, dated and Located (Hay Festival May 31st 2010) to the title page of volume one. N° de ref. de la librería 002140

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Título: Skippy Dies-SIGNED, DATED & LOCATED

Editorial: Hamish Hamilton

Año de publicación: 2010

Encuadernación: Soft cover

Condición del libro:Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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Sinopsis:

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 to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory?

Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love?

Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide?

Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

Review:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2010: Seabrook College is an all-boys Catholic prep school in contemporary Dublin, where the founding Fathers flounder under a new administration obsessed with the school's "brand" and teachers vacillate between fear and apathy when faced with rooms full of texting, hyper-tense, hormone-fueled boys. It's the boys--and one boy in particular--that give this raucous, tender novel its emotional kick. Daniel "Skippy" Juster is a breed apart from his friends, more sensitive than any of them, but never visibly reactive to the pressures that weigh heavily on him. The events that lead to his untimely (though tragicomic) death unfold scene by scene, in a chorus of perfectly executed moments that are powerful enough to make you laugh and weep at once. When you read Skippy Dies, you won't necessarily feel like a teenager again--and in fact, may realize you'd never want to--but you'll certainly appreciate how painful, exhilarating, and confusing it still is to grow up. --Anne Bartholomew

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