The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker
How are we supposed to be partners? He can’t see the cards and I don’t know the rules!
The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to ho...more
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Well.... that was a book about Bridge.
So, I feel like I need to explain my low point already and you’ve not even read it because it does eventually lead into a high point. Even though the Bridge thing completely went over my head, I absolutely love that Mr Sachar wrote this book knowing full well that a lot of his readers will be like… um, WHAT?
I had no idea what was happening for the majority of this...more
Alton is seventeen and heading into the summer before his senior year and hasn't made any many plans. Things are shaken up a bit when Uncle Lester (aka Trapp who is filthy rich) ask Alton to be his cardturner for the summer. Apparently his other cardturner Toni (gir...more
The Cardturner is about a teenage boy, Alton, who has a rich uncle, Lester. Alton’s parents are hoping to get an inheritance from Lester when he dies. One day Lester calls Alton and asks him to be his cardturner. Lester plays a card game called bridge, but he’s blind so he needs Alton to tell him what cards he has. Alton agrees to be Lester’s cardturner. Alton goes with Lester to all his bridge tournaments. He learns that Lester has an amazing mind and is a very ski...more
Even if you skip the optional Bridge explanations (Marked with a whale a la Moby Dick) there's really no getting around the fact that the game is the central character here — which sucks for...more
What I learned about bridge after reading this book: it involves cards, and Louis Sachar possesses a fierce, enthusiastic love for it.
The Cardturner discusses bridge, a game my brain fails to understand. I do not do well in comprehending sports, and I say “sports,” because bridge — as Alton (the main character) describes (and as capable I am of understanding) — is a mental sport. Bridge is a mindspin of how cards are played,...more
Of course there could've been a bit less talk about bridge, but I still don't think it bothered me so much I wanted to put down the book whilst reading it. All the bridge gibberish kind of made the story complete.
Besides the fact that the book was about bridge, I liked the story. There was quite a unique tone...more
This book sparked my interest in the game of Bridge and did a rather good job of explaining it. I don't know how to play Bridge, never played Bridge, never even knew what Bridge really was - and to be honest - thought it was probably a stupid game played by people with nothing better to do. However, this book got me interested i...more
Do u like Bridge? If so then The Cardturner by Louis Sachar is perfect for you! In case you’re wondering, bridge is a complicated card game that is mostly played by old people. This fiction novel is about a 17 year old boy named Alton. Alton’s rich uncle, Uncle Lester (Trapp) goes blind Alton is forced by his parents to take his uncle to play bridge four times a week. His parents make him do this because Trapp needs a cardturner to tell him his cards and then Trapp tells him what card to play....more
But this summer, Uncle Lester hires him to be his card-turner. Uncle Lester, it transpires, is a demon bridge player. Unfortunately, he's also ill (with diabetes) and blind - which means he needs someone to tell him what cards he has in his hand, and to play them for him. And...more
Alton: he is just one of those characters you fall in love with in the very beginning of the book. What I really liked about this book was that almost all the characters went through considerable changes since we first met them and I really think that must happen for a book to be good. Go Alton!
Alton, the main character, is a fairly normal 17-year-old boy, with pretty conniving and pessimistic parents and a strong relationship with his smart 11-year-old sister. This bond is actually one of my favourite aspects of the book. There isn't th...more
Book review: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Alton Richards is an awkward teenager looking for a summer job. Instead, his mom forces him into spending time with his “favorite” uncle, Lester Trapp. He would have been fine, but his uncle is a card addict. This is an amazing book where you experience going to a completely different world of the card game bridge, falling in love, and epiphanies.
Bridge is a complex game that you play with four people, some people think its t...more
Holes isn’t the only book where Sachar connects two long lost families. In T...more
Actually making bridge an integral part of the plot and characters. This is no...more
This book is about a 17-yr-old guy named Alton. This book is also about bridge, the card game. Alton is introduced to bridge when he has to help his great-uncle play in bridge tournaments because his uncle is blind and he needs someone to tell him his cards an...more
Confession time: I kinda knew how to play bridge before reading this book but OH MY GOD it is insane. It is like chess. You might think you know chess because you remember that a knight makes an L, but listen, my brother used to play chess competitively and it is a different beast! So w...more
Some things I particularly liked:
*The quirky (and personable) intrusive narration--very fu...more
I really liked Sachar's book Holes, and expected to like th...more
I never thought I would read a book about bridge, but THE CARDTURNER proved me wrong. I found myself thinking about this book when I should have been thinking about my Anthropology midterm, and believe me, after I finished my midterm, I picked up this book and finished it as quickly as I could.
Admittedly, I only picked the book up because it was by Louis Sachar, beloved by anyone who has ever read HOLES or his WAYSIDE SCHOOL series. But the description on the book jacket was so intriguing, that...more
P.S. Uncle Lester's story and how...more
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"You won't," said Trapp. "That's how you learn. But after you make the same mistake one, or two, or five times, you'll eventually get it. And then you'll make new mistakes.”