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Publisher Comments:

Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, shes competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as she hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Engaging and fast-paced, The Queens Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.

Review:

"Ultimately, this is not really a novel about chess....It can be read with intense enjoyment by those who know nothing about the game, as long as they are interested in what it means to be human at the deepest levels." The Washington Post

Review:

"It's advisable to tape your fingers before opening The Queen's Gambit. Otherwise, the suspense may bring on nail-chewing right to the elbow." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"Tevis traps us in the breathless drama of the moment and makes us feel the same intense involvement his characters feel." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"There's more excitement in Beth than in the collected works of Robert Ludlum." Forth Worth Star-Telegram

Review:

"One of the most satisfying novels of the year." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"Compelling....A magnificent obsession." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years — for the pure pleasure and skill of it." Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost

About the Author

Walter Tevis was an English literature professor at the University of Ohio. He is the author of seven books, including three that were the basis of major motion pictures: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hustler, and The Color of Money. His other books include Mockingbird, Far From Home, and The Steps of the Sun. He died in 1984.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400030606
Author:
Tevis, Walter
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Chess
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
no. 7, 1988
Publication Date:
February 4, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.16x5.12x.56 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400030606 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ultimately, this is not really a novel about chess....It can be read with intense enjoyment by those who know nothing about the game, as long as they are interested in what it means to be human at the deepest levels."
"Review" by , "It's advisable to tape your fingers before opening The Queen's Gambit. Otherwise, the suspense may bring on nail-chewing right to the elbow."
"Review" by , "Tevis traps us in the breathless drama of the moment and makes us feel the same intense involvement his characters feel."
"Review" by , "There's more excitement in Beth than in the collected works of Robert Ludlum."
"Review" by , "One of the most satisfying novels of the year."
"Review" by , "Compelling....A magnificent obsession."
"Review" by , "The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years — for the pure pleasure and skill of it."
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