The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

eBook - 2018
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The basis for the hit Netflix series! "What Walter Tevis did for pool in The Hustler , he does for chess in The Queen's Gambit " ( Playboy ). When eight-year-old Beth Harmon's parents are killed in an automobile accident, she's placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Plain and shy, Beth learns to play chess from the janitor in the basement and discovers she is a prodigy. Though penniless, she is desperate to learn more-and steals a chess magazine and enough money to enter a tournament. Beth also steals some of her foster mother's tranquilizers to which she is becoming addicted. At thirteen, Beth wins the chess tournament. By the age of sixteen she is competing in the US Open Championship and, like Fast Eddie in The Hustler , she hates to lose. By eighteen she is the US champion-and Russia awaits . . . 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. " The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years-for the pure pleasure and skill of it." -Michael Ondaatje, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient
Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2018
ISBN: 9780795343063
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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dschirmer
Jan 18, 2021

I wanted to read this book after the watching the Netflix series, this a rare occasion where I actually prefer the show over the book.

The book is great, I enjoyed reading it and I was as engrossed with the characters as I was in the show. However, this is a book that revolves around chess which I do not know anything about. The chess details in the book is not something I could follow which is the reason why I would choose the show.

I would definitely recommend adding this to your TBR pile.

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joe9047
Jan 05, 2021

I had not heard of this author before reading this novel. It is well written and fast paced. You can't put it down. I am going to find and read his other novels.

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horthhill
Dec 28, 2020

"The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis is a sports novel about a young chess prodigy. The novel follows an 8-year-old girl - Beth - from her earliest chess tournament to an international invitational tournament in the Soviet Union when she is in her late teens. Well written with exciting chess. The people that surround Beth are a decent lot. First-rate.

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mvnose
Dec 22, 2020

Superb! An excellent well written novel. Fast read because I couldn't put it down.

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GracieLucy
Dec 10, 2020

Riveting - I could not put it down.

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redtayres
Nov 20, 2020

Hearing good things about the new Netflix series based on this book, I then saw author Michael Chabon mention that this book is one of his favorites. I delayed watching the Netflix series to savor the book without any preconceptions. What a wonderfully satisfying read.
I am so glad to have discovered this author and I cannot wait to watch the series now that I've completed reading. A simple story told with precision and exactitude is a recipe for perfection.
This was that.

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CPLannie
Nov 22, 2019

Another wonderful, fun, and exciting read from Walter Tevis. If you can relate to chess or simply, competition, then, you should enjoy the human and life twists in this tale.

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lukieg
Aug 21, 2019

I read this because Michael Chabon recommended it in an interview. I play amateur chess but could only follow along with fragments of the high level play described. However, that did not distract from this thrilling and fast paced book. In particular the last few chapters had me emotional and feeling crazy. Great story. Highly recommend.

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nellybells
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.

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BixW_EVA
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.

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