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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
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Dec 21, 11

Read from December 20 to 21, 2011

There were some interesting things about this book. First, I liked the introduction, because Sachar made it clear why he wrote the book, and I could situate myself within that. It was interesting that Sachar chose to make so transparent the actual writing of the book. Numerous times our narrator (Alton) writes about his writing for us to see. He tells us about the process a little, and his metacognition about it is cool in a published work. Also, I don't think I've ever read a book that invited me to skip parts; this one does. I know it's because those parts get heavy into the game of bridge, but it was still interesting to see that as a rhetorical technique. I'll just say that the plot was decent, if a little far-fetched. But now I'm curious about trying out the game of bridge. Wonder if I can get a few friends interested...
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