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Monday, June 7, 2010

Review: Cardturner (Sachar)


Title: The Cardturner: A novel about a king, a queen, and a joker
Author: Sachar
Genre: Fiction, Card Playing, Family, Death
Pages: 192
Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

Louis Sachar, author of "Holes," is back with this new book!  When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it's better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance in the future.  As Alton's relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried family secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a conclusion.

I would never have guessed that a book about playing bridge could be interesting or reader-friendly.  Honestly though, I didn't think kids would appreciate or understand the intricacies of "Holes" and it went on to be WILDLY popular and win many awards.  I think this will follow suit...no pun intended.  There are many stories told in "Cardturner" that take place over many generations.  None of which can be concluded until Alton gets involved.  A great read.  And then, read (or re-read) "Holes."

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