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Were ess exciting than this novel about CHESS of all things There really isn t a single thing I can think of to critiue in the slightest I oved The ueen s Gambit totally and obviously I m recommending it to everyone and now I m off to check out all of Tevis other novels that I ve been missing I so adore this bookThe twin passions of games order clarity focus beauty creativity competition transcendence and addiction chaos release abdication destruction waste Loneliness and alienation Redemption Tevis works these themes in all his books The Hustler most similarly The Man
Who Fell to Earth most wrenchinglyBut I think ueen s Gambit is his Fell to Earth most wrenchinglyBut I think ueen s Gambit is his The writing is pure and invisible The tension excitement and suspense brought out by the chess matches is unreal and a master course to anyone ooking to generate excitement in fiction I ve read the book a dozen times and my pulse still races during the tournament scenes The characters are ovely and heartbreaking While not a stylist ike Salinger or Nabokov or Kundera and not as universal or varied as Atwood or Irving Tevis succeeds perfectly in all his ambitions Perhaps than any author I can think of Tevis revealed his joys fears and inner andscape He died in 1984 two years before I started entering pool tournaments I wish I had met him I read somewhere that this is one of Lawrence Block s favourite stories Well if it s good enough for LBI d enjoyed chess as a child and recall the hype and excitement surrounding the world championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in the 70 s This book captures the excitement chess can evoke trust me and you don t even have to have played the game to enjoy itThe story of an eight "Year Old Orphan Who Transforms Her Life " old orphan who transforms her ife chess is brilliantly told I was sad when I finished it Makes me want to grab a chess set and set up the pieces Anyone fancy a game I ove this book It s feeling really challenging to try to start my next any book because I doubt I l enjoy it as much uite possibly a perfect example of a certain type of taut pulsating novel and a Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) lesson in precision and how to mesmerise your readers And Tevis should have way Set in the 1950s and 1960s Elizabeth Harmon is a chess prodigy with addiction issues Sheearns chess at age eight from a janitor at her orphanage and obviously has a gift for the game When she is adopted at age twelve she eventually gets a chance to compete in tournaments Her addiction issues originate in the practice of medicating children to
KEEP THEM SUBDUED AND LOSING HER PARENTS AT A them subdued and osing her parents at a age The chess tournaments are well crafted and the author creates a sense of dramatic tension I am not entirely convinced that the author captures the essence of a young woman particularly in her early relationships with various young men especially for that time period The parts of this book related to chess are interesting if you are a fan of the game but I am not sure they would be as engaging to a non fan This book s end game so to speak is particularly strong It made me want to check out the online chess games I used to pla. Gher her isolation grows frightening and the thought of escape becomes all the tempting Engaging and fast paced The ueen's Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in fo. At eighteen Beth Harmon has established herself As The Ueen Of American Chess She the ueen of American chess She be the most gifted player since Morphy or Capablanca no one knows just how gifted she is how great a potential she holds in that young girl s body with its dazzling brain To find out to show the world if America has outgrown its inferior status in world chess she will have to go where the big boys are She will have to go to the Soviet Union Imagine this story though Beth a plain shy eight year old becomes homeless when her parents are killed in a car
crash she had no She had no choice in the matter to be taken to the Methuem Home in Mount Sterling in Kentucky Here she as were all the other children was given a tranuilizer twice a day to even their dispositions Regrettably she was going to become addicted to these But Beth s ife is transformed when she is asked to go into the basement to clean the blackboard erasers She sees Mr Shaibel the janitor playing a game on a board and by himself and soon finds out that it is called chess She never would understand what caused her fascination with this game but she managed to persuade the janitor to teach her Beth soon discovers remarkable chess openings such as the Sicilian defense the ueen s Gambit and the Stonewall Attack She proves to be a natural and soon she receives her first chess rating Beth in no time at all is the American Chess Champion However along the way she finds out what disappointment can be in a male dominated chess world and at what price And as for the ending wellI found the chess seuences absolutely riveting Beth actually planned the moves out in advance in her head and ended up stunning everyone with her play Plus throw in her adoption and her mother Mrs Wheatley upon seeing how good Beth is with chess soon encourages her to enter all the chess tournaments Also Beth s various relationships certainly helped her no end and then she meets the Russian GrandmastersI m not at all surprised that the author is no stranger to chess He earned to play as a seven year old and is now a class C playerI was really taken with the title and upon research found out that the ueen s Gambit is one of the oldest known chess openings It was mentioned in the G ttingen manuscript of 1490I play chess but really badly Nevertheless this book has certainly encouraged me to try and improve my gameThis remarkable gem has been anguishing on my bookshelf for five months Why I haven t read it before I really don t know but I m glad I finally didOverall this is a poignant multi faceted exuisitely written and stunning book I m a tad biased rating this In my youth I was a chess junkie The rise of Bobby Fischer coincided with my early adolescence Thus I understand some of the technical stuff in this book and I can appreciate descriptions of well turned wooden chess men But putting nostalgia aside I wonder if slabs of the narrative would be inaccessible to non chess players The book was written in the early 1980s The writing style might have been cutting edge then but things have moved on in 35 years Ditto the storyline which held Eight year old orphan Beth Harmon is uiet sullen and by all appearances unremarkable That is until she plays her first game of chess Her senses grow sharper her thinking clearer and for the firs. Ew surprises for me I didn t hate the book but I wouldn t recommend it to non chess players Greatness is this bookTevis upset my understanding of writing and iterature with The Man Who Fell to Earth and he did it again with this
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book The prose is incredible in its transparency while Tevis s storytelling is so straightforward as to be The prose is incredible in its transparency while Tevis s storytelling is so straightforward as to be boggling There are no tricks no boon doggles no fast ones and no gimmicks the story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold and all of it makes great reading And protagonist Beth Harmon all of makes for great reading And protagonist Beth Harmon will never forget her and I will always hope that after the end of this story she had a good and happy ife I read this again as the Conflict in Blood lead book in a seminar that I am holding with a clutch of senior high school students Theyoved the book which overjoys me because that might mean that Tevis has seven new adherents who in turn can spread the word of his prose further Yes this book is gospel to me I myself fell for the book once again while shining to scenes and details that had since faded from memory This book moves me so fully it makes me glad to be alive and glad to be reading Blimey o reilly The ueen s Gambit was an absolutely stonking good novel the best I ve read in ages Why hasn t anyone ever told me to read Walter Tevis before He s an utterly fantabulous writer Set in 1950s60s America Beth Harmon is an orphaned chess prodigy who rises up through the ranks to become the American No1 and heads across the Iron Curtain to take on the World Champion the intimidating Russian Borgov The story is a bildungsroman but also about genius and addiction In the orphanage Beth becomes addicted to tranuillisers then ater on discovers alcohol and uses both to get her through the increasingly challenging tournaments Which only adds to the fascinating nature of Beth s character rare incomprehensible talent coupled with a very relatable human frailty Tevis shows us his idea of how a chess prodigy might operate partly through mental visualisation partly through an unspoken instinct manifesting without clear articulation which is convincing if probably not wholly accurate I ve played chess but I m by no means a chess player I wouldn t even call myself an amateur I m that unskilled and yet I found it riveting to read a book filled with chess matches The matches are genuinely tense and thrilling to read even without understanding the moves as they re being described that s how accessible and interesting Tevis makes chess He really was an enormously gifted writerBeth s relationships were all awkward but touching in their way From earning chess from the orphanage s janitor Mr Shaibel to her cheerful but fragile foster mom Mrs Wheatley to her first couple of boyfriends and her best friend Jolene they were all compelling though ultimately we see Beth as she always felt isolated and alone Partly through her intellect partly through unfortunate circumstances though it makes her subseuent addictions understandable Tevis prose is mesmerising and the pages flew by It s such a smooth and effortlessly gripping read I ve read thrillers that. T time in her ife she feels herself fully in control By the age of sixteen she's competing for the US Open championship But as she hones her skills on the professional circuit the stakes get hi.