For one thing, I finally understand how to play bridge now.
For another, I like Holes, but I always felt the setup stretched the suspension of disbelieFor one thing, I finally understand how to play bridge now.
For another, I like Holes, but I always felt the setup stretched the suspension of disbelief just a bit much. The starting point here is a lot more believable: Alton's parents force him to spend time with his ailing grand-uncle because they're set on scoring big when he finally dies, so he spends the summer as Uncle Lester's "cardturner" during bridge games, and the bond between them... well, it's no fairytale. It has its ups and downs, and Alton's reactions to what happens, and what he learns, read very real. The voice is phenomenal, and though it doesn't seem like there's much of a plot, there really is, and Sachar guides it to the finish line with panache.
And he works the bridge lessons in pretty neatly, too....more