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The Queen's Gambit: A Novel (urspr publ 1983; utgåvan 2003)

av Walter Tevis (Författare)

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In this cult classic, Walter Tevis does for chess what he did for pool in his bestselling novel The Hustler. he turns it into the most exciting game in the world.Eight-year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, 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 first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as she hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Engaging and fast-paced, The Queen's Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.… (mer)
Medlem:JimHC
Titel:The Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Författare:Walter Tevis (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2003), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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The Queen's Gambit av Walter Tevis (1983)

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What a difficult book to classify! Definitely a coming-of-age story, but it is so much more.

After her mother's death, Beth Harmon ends up in a Kentucky orphanage. The children are given tranquilizers to "even out their moods". Beth learns that by saving them, she can take multiples and sleep well at night. As she struggles to adjust to her new home, she finds the janitor in the basement playing chess. She convinces him to teach her, and she quickly beats him at every game. He invites a chess-playing friend, who gets her a showcase at the local high school chess club. She beats everyone.
But then the orphanage staff punishes her--but taking away chess.

At the age of 12, she is adopted by the Wheatleys. When Alma Wheatley learns how good she is, she happily takes her to tournaments. Beth generally wins. She has few friends, and they are from the world of chess. They teach her to study, to examine moves, and happily help her as she surpasses them all. Her only female friend is Jolene from the orphanage--now a college student in PE. Jolene teaches her the importance of eating well and working out.

As Beth climbs toward the top of international chess, she recognizes how the people around her have helped shape her--from Mr Seibel the janitor, Mr Ganz his chess friend, to Mrs Wheatley, Jolene, Benny Watts and the other players. The male chess players accept her in their midst more than the media accepts her playing.

I found this book sad and interesting and very good a s coming-of-age novel with a twist. I accidentally learned a lot about chess notation, but the descriptions of games got to be a little bit much. I actually dreamed the notation one night--not exactly a nightmare, but it woke me up and I could not sleep, it was stuck in my brain LOL.

I have not watched the Netflix series, but I guess I will now. ( )
  Dreesie | Feb 26, 2021 |
In preparation for the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit," I read THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT first. But I don’t play chess, don’t even understand the game. And I don’t normally enjoy books involving coming of age. Yet THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is full of detailed descriptions of games of chess and a chess player growing up and into a chess champion. Even so, I did enjoy it.

Beth is an eight-year-old orphan when she comes upon a janitor quietly playing chess by himself in the basement of the orphanage where she lives. She is intrigued and picks up on the game just by watching him regularly. Eventually, he teaches her more and more, and she finds that she can easily analyze a game in her head and predict another player's moves.

So begins the story of a chess prodigy. After Beth is adopted and her new mother discovers that Beth’s talent can make them money, the two of them travel around the country (at Beth’s expense) to chess tournaments. (And Mom gets 10 percent of the winnings.) She is still a teenager when she is competing, and winning, big-time in spite of drugging and drinking that just about fries her brain before she is even 20.

If you haven’t seen the Netflix series yet, I suggest that you, too, read THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT first. ( )
  techeditor | Feb 20, 2021 |
I binge watched the series on Netflix and decided I needed to read the book. The movie interpretation focused on Elizabeth Harmon - the main character - and her addiction. As typical of a movie, the producers took liberties on certain aspects of the story - particularly on her infatuation with Townes.

But in the book, which is the original story, Townes was a passing character. She had more of a connection to Benny Watts, the other US chess phenom. And for me, chess was the other main character of the story. The author Walter Tevis made chess seem like a beautiful, elegant game. And I suppose it is for the chess aficionado. Chess is a game where you "outwit, outplay and outlast" your opponent. I found his descriptions of play - even with the vaguest idea of what he was talking about - poetic. Chess moves complicated and nuanced, almost like a dance. I wasn't bored at reading the descriptions, it seemed just as thrilling as I read through the eyes of Beth. ( )
  Cookie1975 | Feb 17, 2021 |
I wanted to read the book, The Queen’s Gambit, before I watched the Netflix series, this was the driving force for me. It was published in 1983, and since that time it has probably languished on shelves everywhere, until recently. I knew of the author, Tevis, from the film The Color of Money. So I was not surprised that another of his works was now on film. What did surprise me was how much I was drawn into the world of chess and how I loved the main character Beth.
Beth Harmon is an orphan and a chess prodigy. We follow her life at an orphanage in Kentucky where she lives until she is adopted by a family. Shortly after the adoption, her new father deserts them. These events, along with her genius, shape who she will be become as an adult. She will struggle to connect with people and find her place in the world, all the while she is rising to stardom in the male dominated world of chess.
Beth is a complex character. As she grows up and we delve deeper into the character, the author builds one subtle layer on top of another. At times, she is a contradiction. She is strong, yet also weak and driven by the one thing she truly understands, chess. The author’s character development is so perfect as to supersede the plot by leaps and bounds.
The plot, however, is not lacking either. Beth sets out at a very young age to be the world chess champion. This one goal not only defines her, it consumes her and she has many obstacles thrown in her way as she works toward this goal.
The last thing I would like to point out is the prose. Yes, there is an awesome character and a great plot and it is all held together by the wonderfully, descriptive prose. So elegant and readable. The story would not half as captivating without the stunning prose. It made all the difference.
At the heart, this is a coming-of-age story. The author uses chess at a plot tool but it could have easily been something else. The story examines the price Beth pays for her genius. How it makes her a loner and how she uses drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. The story also delves into depression and the how to survive and even thrive in a world dominated by men.
I recommend this to people who love a character driven, coming-of-age story. It will especially appeal to those who love the game of chess. In addition, this would make an excellent choice for a book club because there are so many topics to discuss that are still relevant today.
For more of my reviews, and author interviews, see my blog at www.thespineview.com ( )
  purpledog | Feb 17, 2021 |
Excellent book, I was introduced to it by the Netflix series which is largely true to the story. Really nice writing and even if you skim read the chess moves you still get the sense of the emotion and stress in the game. There's a sense also that the plot is a game of chess, with moves, reverses and a gradual whittling down of the number of pieces on the board. Highly recommended. ( )
  Figgles | Feb 1, 2021 |
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In this cult classic, Walter Tevis does for chess what he did for pool in his bestselling novel The Hustler. he turns it into the most exciting game in the world.Eight-year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, 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 first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as she hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Engaging and fast-paced, The Queen's Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.

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