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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
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Oct 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: death, family-problems, friendship, young-adult, card-games
Read in September, 2010

Who would have thought one could write a novel about the game of bridge for young adults?

By the Newbery-winning author of Holes, I was completely fascinated and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Since you cannot see the card hands he describes, which in itself is ironic as the book centers around Alton's blind great-uncle Lester Trapp, the author/narrator uses a foghorn sound to indicate when he will be describing a particular play. Then he continues on to explain a short version.

The book is about 17 year old Alton and the unlikely relationship that develops with his very talented but aging, blind uncle as Alton becomes his 'card turner' for his weekly bridge games and tournaments. Alton's parents seem to be forever concerned with their future inheritance from this rich uncle, which is in contrast to the lessons about family and friendship that Alton learns while in his great-uncle's company.

I actually found myself wanting to start playing bridge!

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