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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 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 later 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 learning 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 were less 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 loved 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 The Sharpe Companion The Early Years her first game of chess Her senses grow sharper Tantra y salchicha. 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The ueen's Gambit

T time in her life 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 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 few surprises for me I didn t hate the book but I wouldn t recommend it to non chess players

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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 Greatness is this bookTevis upset my understanding of 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 ones and no gimmicks the story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold and all of it makes for great reading And protagonist Beth Harmon I will never forget her and I will always hope that after the end of this story she had a good and happy life I read this again as the lead book in a seminar that I am holding with a clutch of senior high school students They loved 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


9 thoughts on “The ueen's Gambit

  1. says:

    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 ac

  2. says:

    At eighteen Beth Harmon has established herself as the ueen of American chess She may be the most gifted player since Mor

  3. says:

    I 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 one I have added this one to my favorites shelfI’m so grateful that my book clu

  4. says:

    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 best The writing is pure and invisible The tension excitement and suspense brought

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    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

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    uite possibly a perfect example of a certain type of taut pulsating novel and a lesson in precision and how to m

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Greatness is this bookTevis upset my understanding of 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 ones and no gimmicks the story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold and all of it makes for great reading

  9. says:

    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 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 o

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