Skippy Dies - Paul Murray

This is my first installment in my series Les Memorables, books that are not necessary the best books I've read in my life, but books that I still regularly think of. Books that are really memorable. I obviously recommend all books on my Les Memorables shelf!


It might not be a surprise to find out Skippy doesn't make it to the end of the story. Actually, he dies at around page 14, leaving me directly with the next question: If Skippy is already dead, where is this book going to be about?


Luckily I didn't need to worry, for there was more than enough to fill the 600 or so pages. When you're looking for a fast paced, action packed book, I wouldn't recommend Skippy to you. The strength of this story is not what happens (because, let's be honest, not a lot is happening). But it is written extremely well and is somehow really interesting. I felt sorry for poor Skippy. I felt sorry for his friends as well. It also involves String Theory (Hooray!) & Pachelbel's Canon in D (very famous) (I've been told that all music mentioned in Skippy Dies is actually written in the same key as the Canon - A detail I really like!)

Skippy tussen de sterren (Skippy Dies)


At Ezzulia (a Dutch reading community) we read Skippy as a group read, and this was the book that resulted in the biggest discussion I've seen there so far. People either really liked it or hated it. I would say, just read it and make your own mind up about it.