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The Queen's Gambit: A Novel por Walter Tevis
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The Queen's Gambit: A Novel (original 1983; edição 2003)

por Walter Tevis (Autor)

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In this cult classic, Walter Tevis does for chess what he did for pool in his bestselling novel The Hustler. he turns it into the most exciting game in the world.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, she's 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 Queen's Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.… (mais)
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Título:The Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Autores:Walter Tevis (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2003), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:fiction

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I started this book as I was watching the show. After I would finish an episode, I would read up to the chapter where it ended. I liked hearing from Beth's point of view in the book because in the show she doesn't share her feelings. ( )
  alexp24 | Oct 14, 2021 |
I saw the Netflix series of the same name and really enjoyed it. The book is literally the exact same thing (much of the dialog is even the same), unlike some books that make the transition to screenplays. I think if I had read the book before seeing the TV series, I would have rated it lower. But it's not badly written, and it's a good story. Not a disappointment for fiction, which is unusual for me :-) ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
Enjoyable book that follows the Netflix series pretty well. If you're going to give it a shot - and if you're a fan of the show or of chess, you might want to - go with the eyeball version. The narrator left a lot to be desired. I think I would have enjoyed a text-to-speech reader more.

I listened through the Audible Premium Plus catalog so at least I'm not out a credit... ( )
  amcheri | Aug 16, 2021 |
Walter Tevis’s novel The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon, a gifted young chess player growing up in 1950s–1960s Kentucky. She learns chess while living in an orphanage, realizing that she has a natural aptitude for it, and competes professionally after being adopted. Along the way, she balances her drive against addiction to tranquilizers and alcohol. Tevis brilliantly describes events, with the blow-by-blow of the matches resembling the punctuation of a battle. The book inspired the Netflix miniseries of the same title in 2020, which only made minor changes to the story, but the novel is a brilliant work of fiction. Tevis doesn’t waste a single word and crafts a particularly compelling narrative. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jul 22, 2021 |
I heard the buzz last year surrounding the Netflix original series The Queen’s Gambit, and I was tempted by the notion of a story set in the world of competitive chess (I don’t play chess but I enjoyed the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer was my general reasoning). But before I got around to clicking the Play button, I discovered the series is based on a 1983 book by Walter Tevis, and I thought I’d read the source material first and watch the dramatization afterward. It took a while to work my way to the top of the library holds list (all that Netflix buzz wasn’t only affecting me, apparently) but eventually I got my hands on it.

A quick synopsis: The main character, Beth, grows up in an orphanage where she is deprived of any love or affection but is fed daily tranquilizers (along with all the other orphans) to keep them quiet and compliant. The only avenue of individual expression she finds is in the basement, watching the custodian play one-sided games of chess. He is gruff and dismissive of the little girl, but she is undaunted and continues hanging out as often as possible. Eventually, she makes comments that lead the custodian to realize she is teaching herself to understand how to play chess just by watching him, and he begins to actively teach her. She turns out to be a prodigy, and her talent leads her to the heights of competitive chess even as her warped upbringing has planted the seeds of her own potential destruction within her.

Tevis’ writing is strong and I found the storyline engaging from the start. Beth is not an entirely likable character, but she was easy for me to root for. As I mentioned, I do not play chess myself, but I found the play-by-play of the chess tournaments pretty riveting despite that lack. I never felt lost in jargon or minutiae during those scenes.

With such a positive experience reading the book, I was looking forward to finally watching the Netflix series. I did watch the first episode and it was fine, but I haven’t felt drawn to watch anymore. Tevis created such a strong combination of character, place and plot that seeing it depicted visually seemed superfluous, particularly the scenes that tried to depict Beth’s mental working out of chess moves during a game. In this particular case, I’m content with my own mental movie. ( )
  rosalita | Jul 4, 2021 |
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Green pills and chess were Beth’s friends in the orphanage, and it was at this time that she fell in love with chess and became addicted to the pills.
The girl who grew up kept competing, and she went through a lot during the long journey, but in the end she still won the former world championship.
I like the author's lonely approach, the use of chess to highlight Beth’s loneliness, in my opinion,  chess is not only her best partner as a child, but also to bring her to the larger world. Beth also said that she interpreted the changes in the game, in which the way of attack and defense is the most beautiful, “chess isn’t always competitive. Chess can also be beautiful.”
And my favorite part is that when she was competing with the former world champion, in the end of the game, he took the initiative to give the king to her and admit defeat, both sides have a winning demeanour, a losing grace, winners and losers respect each other, and give each other the most sincere wishes. And Beth finally from a girl who was discriminated against in school because of her personality, to a world-famous talented chess player.
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In this cult classic, Walter Tevis does for chess what he did for pool in his bestselling novel The Hustler. he turns it into the most exciting game in the world.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, she's 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 Queen's Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.

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