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by Walter Tevis

eBook Queen's Gambit download ISBN: 0317580396
Author: Walter Tevis
Publisher: Ultramarine Pub Co (June 1983)
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The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment Beth Harmon is an unforgettable creation-and The Queen's Gambit is Walter Tevis's most consummate and heartbreaking work.

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. Beth Harmon is an unforgettable creation-and The Queen's Gambit is Walter Tevis's most consummate and heartbreaking work. Nabokov's The Defense and Zweig's The Royal Game are the classics: now joining them is The Queen's Gambit. -The Financial Times. More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written. - -Martin Cruz Smith, author of GorkyPark. It’s advisable to tape your fingers before opening The Queen’s Gambit.

The Queen's Gambit is an American novel by Walter Tevis, discussing the life of a chess prodigy. A bildungsroman, it was originally published in 1983 and covers themes in feminism, chess, drug addiction, and alcoholism. The novel's epigraph is "The Long-Legged Fly" by William Butler Yeats. This poem highlights one of the novel's main concerns: the inner workings of genius in a woman. Tevis discusses this concern in a 1983 interview, and never wrote the sequel he mentions in the interview.

The queens gambit, . 5. The Queen's Gambit, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31. The woman at the cafeteria was handing Beth a plate with salisbury steak on it when Jolene pushed her tray up next to Beth’s. None of that, Jolene said. She took the plate and handed it back. No gravy, she said, and no potatoes. I’m not overweight, Beth said.

The Queen's Gambit book. Tevis upset my understanding of writing and literature with "The Man Who Fell to Earth," and he did it again with this book. Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all. 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 Greatness is this book.

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.

From the author of THE HUSTLER, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is a modern classic . Walter Tevis was an American novelist and short story writer.

From the author of THE HUSTLER, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is a modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to surviveWhen she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. One thing I found particularly distasteful about this book was Tevis's treatment of the quasi-lesbian relationship between Jolene and Beth in the orphanage. Now I do NOT mean by this that I find.

The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment "Beth Harmon is an unforgettable creation-and The Queen's Gambit is Walter Tevis's most consummate an. . It is a book I reread every few years-for the pure pleasure and skill of i. - -Michael Ondaatje "Compelling. A magnificent obsession. -Jonathan Lethem "Gripping reading. -The Financial Times "More exciting.

The Queens Gambit by Walter Tevis: A coming-of-age novel about an orphan girl who plays competitive chess. The Queen's Gambit: A Novel ○ "More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written. 50 Books That Will Change Your Life // The Queens Gambit by Walter Tevis. The Queen's Gambit a young girl and her fascination and gift with chess. for chess fans and anyone who like a great book.

Comments: (7)
This book has been on my shelf for about 30 years. I bought it originally because I had met the author shortly before his death. I was working as a patient escort in the hospital where he was receiving treatment. He was well-mannered, but terribly bitter, which I suppose is understandable if one knows he’s dying of cancer. I had put off reading the book because I was afraid it would be a bitter book. Nothing could be more wrong. This is a book that is doggedly upbeat. Beth Harmon is a plain and unloved child who is put in an orphanage after her mother is killed in an auto accident. She lives a lonely life with only two friends. One is a tall black girl who is also unloved; the other is a secret friendship with the orphanage’s old janitor, who teaches her the game of chess. Chess is a life-saving and inspirational experience for her that she becomes obsessed with. She is a true prodigy with a natural gift for the game. It’s chess that gives her the only real joy in her life. But she also needs love and emotional support from other humans. In childhood, she begins using tranquilizers that were distributed free in the orphanage at first, until it was declared that they were unsafe. When they become unavailable she begins stealing them. She occasionally seals money, too. In her mid-teens her adoptive mother gives her a beer, which she takes to like a duck to water. Beth is a very believable character. I’m surprised that a male author could write such a convincing adolescent girl. The novel follows her chess career from playing with the janitor in the school basement to the major world tournament against the world’s top player, a Russian grand master, at the height of the Cold War. Can she beat him? Or will she fall prey to her addictions, as she has several times before? This is an extremely suspenseful drama that I had difficulty putting down. For sheer entertainment, I don’t think I’ve read anything that can beat it in at least ten years. And I know next to nothing about chess. This is book is beautiful and compassionate, as well as suspenseful. Five stars.
I had never heard of this author or this novel. A few weeks ago in the Sunday NY Times there was an interview with Ayelet Waldman (if my memory serves) and she answered a common question: what generally unknown book do you like and recommend?. It was this one. So I bought it and read it and it's wonderful. It is a lively story of a young girl being raised in a home for girls who is taught at age 8 to play chess by the janitor who lives in the basement. That's where it starts. Along the way she has unusual and fascinating friends and competitors and with her genius she makes her way up the chess ladder to great heights. Fascinating world is described and a wonderful character. Couldn't put it down.
This is a wonderful book about a remarkable character. "With some people chess is a pastime, with others it is a compulsion, even an addiction... every now and then a person comes along for whom it is a birthright." This person is Beth Harmon - "she is quiet and well-mannered. And (when she plays chess) she is out for blood..." She hates to lose.

Beth Harmon was orphaned at the age of eight when her parents were killed in an automobile accident. She is placed in an orphanage in Kentucky that is almost a modern equivalent of a Dickensian orphanage, with children given tranquilisers twice a day to keep them calm and controllable - opening the gates to long-term addictions..

One day when cleaning the board erasers in the basement for a teacher, Beth comes across an old janitor playing chess alone. After several attempts the janitor agrees to show her how to play chess, and she goes over the moves in her head during the lonely hours when she can't sleep. It takes three games for Beth to win her first game and in three months the janitor can no longer beat her. Then he gives her a book - "Modern Chess Openings" - and Beth is addicted to chess for life, playing chess movements and strategy in her mind in class and in bed at night.

At thirteen she wins a local chess Tournament. With the help of her foster-mother by the age of sixteen she is competing in the US Open Championship. Her ultimate challenge is to go to Russia to face and beat the Russian world champions.

While it helps to know something about chess is not important because the late Walter Tevis wrote in a way that even if you don't understand what is really happening you are part of the action and this keeps you on the edge of your seat, barracking for Beth. If you are a chess "expert" you might find errors in the game and strategic descriptions, but you need to remember that chess is the vehicle Tevis uses to tell us a wonderful tale that could also apply to almost any competitive game.

The Queen's Gambit is a more than a story about chess - it is fundamentally a thriller with the same kind of adrenaline filled action that takes you into the heat of battle in a similar way that Bernard Cornwell takes you with Richard Sharpe into the heart of battles between the British and the French in the Napoleonic wars. All along I had to remind myself that chess is fundamentally a battlefield game between sides with a King and Queen, who live in castles protected by knights, supported by their Bishops, with an army of Pawns (soldiers). Let battle commence!

This is an exciting and beautifully crafted book which had a profound effect on me emotionally. It has gone straight to my best list of best reads of 2015 and will stay in my memory for a long time. Highly recommended.
Five stars for a very compelling narrative about what it takes to be a winner. The price to be paid, the setbacks to be overcome, the prejudice and narrow mindedness to be suffered. And Five stars for Tevis' ability to transform an unlikely tail with an unlikely context (high level chess playing), the hackneyed cliche of the underdog, and the need of the reader to make a huge suspension of disbelief... The tension, anxiety and suspense moves from page to page. Hitchock couldn't have done it better as we turn the page waiting for the inevitable disaster. I can't recall a fictional character I was ever more invested in than this unlikely little girl.

Sure the chess situations may be problematic: either because the reader hasn't played and feels he/she is missing something important, or the reader is a fairly competent player and is irritated by errors in the accounts. In the end it really doesn't matter because the chess playing is in her brilliant imagination, as she thinks about and plays the match. And this is her story. Not about chess.

And she is a she in a game dominated, hitherto, by boys and men.
Very inspiring story. Most thrilling read for me this year.