Me I didn t hate the book but I wouldn t recommend it to non Chess Players Greatness Is This players Greatness is this upset my understanding f writing and literature with The Man Who Fell to Earth and he did it again with this book The prose is incredible in its transparency while Tevis s storytelling is so straightforward as to be mind boggling There are no tricks no boon doggles no fast nes and no gimmicks
the story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold and story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold and f it makes for great reading And protagonist Beth Harmon I will never forget her and I will always hope that after the end f this story she had will always hope that after the end f this story she had good and happy life I read this again as the lead book in a seminar that I am holding with a clutch Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems 1792 of senior high school students They loved the book whichverjoys me because that might mean that Tevis has seven new adherents who in turn can spread the word Caught in the Net of his prose further Yes this book is gospel to me I myself fell for the booknce 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 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 rphaned chess prodigy who rises up through the ranks to become the American No1 and heads across the Iron Curtain to take Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica on the World Champion the intimidating Russian Borgov The story is a bildungsroman but also about genius and addiction In therphanage Beth becomes addicted to tranuillisers then later Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light on discovers alcohol and uses both to get her through the increasingly challenging tournaments Whichnly adds to the fascinating nature Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese of Beth s character rare incomprehensible talent coupled with a very relatable human frailty Tevis shows us his ideaf how a chess prodigy might perate 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 acces. T time in her life she feels herself fully in control By the age f sixteen she's competing for the US Open championship But as she hones her skills n the professional circuit the stakes get hi.
Walter Tevis ¹ 2 Free readI love this book It s feeling really challenging to try to start my next any book because I doubt I ll enjoy it as much as I liked this ne I have added this Lettere: 1942-1943 one to my favorites shelfI m so grateful that my book club agreed to read this forur March book For me it was the perfect book at the perfect time In fact some L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia of my book club members were having a hard time getting a copy so I uickly finished the last couplef chapters so that they could read my library copy before its due so I uickly finished the last couple The Fire of Origins of chapters so that they could read my library copy before its due That was easy to do This book was easy to pick up and hard to put down My preference when reading books is to stop reading at the endf chapters Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) or at least at the endf mid uite possibly a perfect example Pasto nudo of a certain typef taut pulsating novel and a 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 She learns chess at age eight from a janitor at her Escaping Me orphanage andbviously 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 Goodbye Marianne originate in the practicef medicating children to keep them subdued and losing her parents at a young age The chess tournaments are well crafted and the author creates a sense The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 of At eighteen Beth Harmon has established herself as the ueenf American chess She may be the most gifted player since Morphy Il cacciatore or Capablanca none knows just how gifted she is how great a potential she holds in that young girl s body with its dazzling brain To find The Unscratchables out to show the world if America hasutgrown 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 Therapy old becomes homeless when her parents are killed in a car crash She had no choice in the matt I m a tad biased rating this In my youth I was a chess junkie The risef Bobby Fischer
COINCIDED WITH MY EARLY ADOLESCENCE THUSwith my early adolescence Thus understand some The Hug of the technical stuff in this book and I can appreciate descriptionsf well turned wooden chess men But putting nostalgia aside I wonder if slabs The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories 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 movedn in 35 years Ditto the storyline which held few surprises for. Eight year Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone oldrphan Beth Harmon is uiet sullen and by all appearances unremarkable That is until she plays her first game f chess Her senses grow sharper her thinking clearer and for the firs. ,
Sible and interesting Tevis makes chess He really was an enormously gifted writerBeth s relationships were all awkward but touching in their way From learning chess from the rphanage s janitor Mr Shaibel to her cheerful but fragile foster mom Mrs Wheatley to her first couple f 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 s such a smooth and effortlessly gripping read I ve read that were less exciting than this novel about CHESS f all things There really isn t a single thing I can think f to critiue in the slightest I loved The ueen s Gambit totally and bviously I m recommending it to everyone and now I m Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story off to checkut all Second Sight (Circle of Three, of Tevisther novels that I ve been missing I
So Adore This BookThe Twinadore this bookThe twin Strife of gamesrder 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 best The writing is pure and invisible The tension excitement and suspense brought Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath out by the chess matches is unreal and a master course to anyone looking 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 lovely and heartbreaking While not a stylist like Salingerr Nabokov Baby Colossus (Short Story) or Kundera and not as universalr varied as Atwood Roy Al or Irving Tevis succeeds perfectly in all his ambitions Perhaps than any author I can thinkf Tevis revealed his I read somewhere that this is Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age onef 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 Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel of an eight yearld Apple Training Series orphan who transforms her life through 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. Gher her isolation grows frightening and the thoughtf 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.