The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

eBook - 2014
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Beth Harmon becomes an orphan when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. At eight years old, she is placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where the children are given tranquilizers twice a day. Plain and shy, she learns to play chess from the janitor in the basement and discovers she is a chess genius. Penniless and desperate to learn more, she steals a chess magazine and enough money to enter a chess tournament. She also steals some of her foster mother's tranquilizers to which she is becoming addicted. At thirteen she wins the Chess Tournament. By the age of sixteen she is competing in the U.S. Open Championship and, like Fast Eddie, she hates to lose. By eighteen she is the U.S. Champion. Then she goes to Russia to face the Russians.... Fast-paced and elegantly written, The Queen's Gambit is a thriller masquerading as a chess novel-one that's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Publisher: [United States] :, RosettaBooks :, 2014.
ISBN: 9780795343063
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Nov 20, 2018

I don't know how I found this but I am grateful to the universe for sending it my way. An utterly riveting read. All I know about chess is how the pieces move. I've seen Pawn Sacrifice, the Luzhin Defense and Searching for Bobby Fischer--all excellent movies. And read Chess Story by Stefan Zweig. I was just transported by this novel. I, now at my advanced age, really really understand what chess is about. I get it and feel my mind expanded and exploded. The minds at work, the cunning, the obsession, the strategies, the feints. Seeking to "equalize" the board. This probably doesn't sound particularly appealing but imagine page after page after page (not all at once) of chess moves. The suspense and tension is huge. And then there's the story of Beth Harmon on top of it all. Highly recommend.

Aug 17, 2016

I absolutely adored this book when I first read it years ago. I could care less about chess, but this book had me riveted. Walter Tevis is an amazingly gifted author who can literally write about anything.

Aug 15, 2016

I forget who recommended this book to me, but I owe them one. Great book! I blazed through it in about 3 days (nights really). My productivity at work may or may not have suffered, but it was worth it. Beautifully written page turner that immerses you in the life of a smart female protagonist. Top 10.

Apr 14, 2014

this is one of my all time favorites the I'm not a chess player but tis book makes me want to play, the characters are well conceived and believable also depiction of addiction in the novel and how it can creep up on you is accurate, they should never make this novel by tevis into a movie, they'd just ruin it

Nov 09, 2010

Prior to picking up this book I had never heard of Walter Tevis. What a shame!! Three of his books The Hustler, Color of Money and The Man who Fell to Earth were all made into movies. Great characters in this book with wonderful insight into the world of chess and the struggle of substance abuse and dependency.

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