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REVIEW 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 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 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 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 landscape He died in 1984 two years before I started entering pool tournaments I wish I had met him

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The ueen's Gambit

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

Walter Tevis Ñ 1 REVIEW

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 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 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


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 across the Iron Curtain to take on the World Champion the intimidating Russian Borgov The story is a b

  2. says:

    At eighteen Beth Harmon has established herself as the ueen of American chess She may be the most gifted player since Morphy or Capablanca; no one knows just how gifted she is – how great a potential she holds

  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 club agreed to read this for our March book For me it was the perfect book at the perfect time In fact some of my

  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 w

  5. says:

    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 cutt

  6. says:

    uite possibly a perfect example of a certain type of taut pulsating novel and a lesson in precision and how to mesmerise your readers And Tevis should have way

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    I read somewhere that th

  8. says:

    Greatness is this bookTevis upset my understanding of writing and literature with The Man Who Fell to Earth and he did it ag

  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 j

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