Skellig by

14 August 2009

Genre: ,

ISBN: 9780340997048

I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon

I’ll be honest, I picked this up because back when I had telly I thought the ads on Sky for the film version looked cool and interesting. And then the book showed up at work. I love it when that happens :)

It isn’t a big book, but it packs a lot in there. The main character is Michael, a ten year old boy, whose life is on hold. His baby sister is ill, his parents are trying to fit him in while worrying constantly about her, and they’ve just moved into a new house. He has a lot going on before he meets Skellig.

As for what Skellig is? Well, I don’t know. The back of my version called him an angel, Michael and Mina think he may be one, but that is never really answered. There is a lot in this book that is never answered. And I liked that. I liked a lot about this book.

It is well written and in places creates a wonderfully mysterious atmosphere, as well as portraying Michael’s uncertainty with where he fits in life. But at the same time I don’t know if I’d read it again, so while I liked it a lot I didn’t love this one.

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5 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    I wonder how the film is – I have it around but still haven't had the chance to watch it. I always want to read the books films are based on, but if I read the book first, I am more reluctant to watch the film. I don't know why that is…

  2. Nymeth says:

    I liked that not all the answers were giving too. I think it made the story more effective.

  3. jean pierre says:

    yeah, i remember them ads. good to hear the book is good too!

    i was thinking a skellig is an island – or collection of islands, but, having just popped that into me dictionary i see that we don't have a definition for a skellig. so the island thing must be called something else…

  4. Fence says:

    It looked interesting Jenny but I didn't see any of the show. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who did though.

    I agree Nymeth. If all the answers were there it wouldn't have been half as good.

    JP Skellig Michael is am island. Off the coast of Ireland I think. A monks place from what I recall

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