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Al Alvarez's writing career has come in many guises, but Alvarez has also been a passionate amateur of risky pursuits - poker playing, mountaineering, flying in old aeroplanes. This book presents a selection of Alvarez's finest essays, ranging from trenchant literary criticism to accounts of polar expeditions and poker championships.
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Published by Bloomsbury UK (first published 2007)
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Tyler Jones
I was a little disappointed with this collection. Given the long span of Alverez's writing career it is strange that in the pieces selected to form this book we find a fair amount of repetition. For instance there is a fairly long piece about Philip Roth near the beginning of the book, and then near the end a short chapter about Roth, Heller and Mailer in which most of the Roth stuff was covered in the earlier piece. It is curious that negative book reviews about the lesser novels of Robert ...more
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Feb 07, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
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I am a huge Al Alvarez fan, and this book collected a number of poker-themed articles I'd (mostly) read elsewhere, notably a 1994 piece in the New Yorker that revisited Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker in 1993. There are some reviews of good poker books, including the heartbreaking biography of Stu Ungar, One of a Kind by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson. (Also quite a lot of articles in this volume on poets and writers, Alvarez's "traditional" milieu.) Few people have written about poker with ...more
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Al Álvarez is an English poet, novelist, essayist, writer and critic who publishes under the name A. Álvarez and Al Álvarez.

Born Alfred Álvarez, he was educated at Oundle School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took a First in English. After teaching briefly in Oxford and the USA, he became a full time writer in his late twenties.

From 1956 to 1966, he was the poetry editor and critic f
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