Bridging gaps

CoverI have recently read The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (of Holes fame).  Believe it or not it is a young adult novel about bridge – yes the card game.  The ‘cardturner’ of the title is Alton, who ends up turning cards for his blind uncle at his bridge games. Of course with Louis Sachar, it’s never just about the situation but all about the characters in them with a bit of surrealism thrown in.

Some of the bridge may get a bit much for those without an interest in card playing but Alton, who narrates the novel, puts a whale before technical bridge talk and gives a summary at the end of it, for those who want to read the story without getting bogged down in technicalities.  I read the technical bits, as a long-time card player, although not of bridge, got suckered in and now want to learn how to play.

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So anyone else out there fixated on contract bridge or some other slightly guilty pleasure?

3 thoughts on “Bridging gaps

  1. zackids 2 February 2011 / 10:40 am

    I’ve read The Cardturner too and loved it. At the start of the book I wasn’t even remotely interested in bridge and I wasn’t sure I’d understand the book, but the more I read, the more I understood. I’d also really like to learn how to play and my nan was thrilled when I told her 🙂

  2. Michael A 3 February 2011 / 8:44 am

    I played when I was at school. Great game as there is always one person free to top up drinks and snacks! Bridge is to 500 what Chess is to Draughts.

  3. Marion H 3 February 2011 / 9:49 am

    I think Louis Sachar is trying to get a new generation of bridge players going – it’s certainly working on my part. My Oma used to play – she would be proud!

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