Book review: The Bee Sting is a remarkable display of bravura from a great Irish writer
Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies, has produced another tragicomic masterpiece that recalls Tolstoy’s sprawling epics about families
Paul Murray’s second novel Skippy Dies, published in 2010, was a marvellous and mammoth mixture of the tragic (there’s a death by doughnuts in a universe that string theory nearly proves is made out of loneliness) and the comic (flatulence in a Catholic boarding school is never not funny). The meta machinations of 2015’s The Mark and the Void, on the other hand, made for a bit more of a high-finance head-scratcher.
The Bee Sting, ...