Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

The Cardturner: A Novel About Imperfect Partners and Infinite Possibilities
Alton Richard's great-uncle Lester Trapp is rich and ailing, a combo that leads Alton's parents to hatch a plan for the teen to cozy up to the old man and carve out a chunk of inheritance. Though blind, Trapp is a brilliant, world-class bridge player and needs someone to read him his cards and make his plays. It is astonishing how Sachar can make blow-by-blow accounts of bridge not only interesting but exciting, treating each play like a clue to unravel the riddle of each hand.  This is an intergenerational friendship and is sweetly appealing.  It could almost make you interested in bridge!

Rating: 4 Good

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