- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (9 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140880851X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408808511
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cardturner Paperback – 9 Aug 2011
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'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' (Independent on Sunday)
'This is Sachar, owner of the most distinctive, clever, funny, philosophical voice in children's fiction . . . a whale symbol on the page warns of forthcoming bridge analysis, which the readers can skip if they want. But they probably won't. Because this is Sachar' (The Telegraph)
'In Alton Richards, Sachar has created a credible and funny teenage lead . . . The human drama is gripping' (Financial Times)
'The genius of Sachar's prose is that it's so plain and unshowy you don't notice the daredevil artistry of his storytelling until it's too late. You don't know you've been cut in half until you try to walk away . . . As Uncle Lester might say, nicely played, Louis' (Frank Cottrell Boyce, Guardian)
This brand new novel from the bestselling author of Holes, is nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I am not a bridge player, and I found it hard going at times. If you are a bridge player I would imagine you will find this fascinating.
The story focuses on Alton, a teenage boy whose parents encourage him to suck up to a rich uncle they expect to leave them a fortune in his will, by turning his cards for him during his weekly bridge games. Alton's uncle is rich, curmudgeonly and incredibly gifted at bridge.
What starts out as a grudging favour for his pushy parents, propels Alton into a new world that he finds fascinating and complex relationships which spell the start of a new existence for him.
I loved the story, struggled with the bridge, but thought it was well worth the read anyway.
With that said, many readers could be scared away by THE CARDTURNER. The story revolves around the card game of bridge. The book is filled with in-depth information and detailed descriptions of the game. But don't let that frighten you off. There is soooo much more to enjoy.
Alton Richards isn't really looking forward to the summer between his junior and senior year. He knows he should look for a job but can't seem to get motivated. There won't be any swimming in the backyard pool because it's still just a hole in the ground awaiting the final outcome of some lawsuit between his parents and the pool company. Alton's dad has also just broken the news that the insulation company he works for is downsizing, which means he's out of a job. And don't forget, Alton's girlfriend just dumped him. Great way to kick off summer vacation.
Just when Alton thinks things can't get anymore dismal, he learns that his "favorite" uncle, Lester Trapp, has requested his presence. Alton has been to his uncle's hilltop home only once before. It was the elderly Trapp's birthday, and Alton was just five years old at the time. Since Alton knows his parents are hoping for a huge inheritance when the old guy's time comes, he knows he must answer the call and find out what the old man wants.
A cardturner? What is that? Lester Trapp, who is now blind due to complications from diabetes, wants Alton to help him play bridge.Read more ›
Obviously I had to buy the cardturner a second time for the gift...
The story is told through the eyes of 17 year old Alton who is at that point in his life where he doesn't commit fully to anything in particular. It is told as if Alton is telling the reader a story off the cuff which I think makes Alton even more vivid in your mind and makes him easy to like. There's a wonderful contrast between Alton and his money-centric parents who, throughout Alton's life, have been using him and his younger sister to suck up to rich Uncle Lester to ensure their place in his will without actually being good relations. The relationship, particularly between Alton's mother and Uncle Lester, is entirely material but as Alton gets to know his uncle it really feels like he genuinely cares.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a bridge player. I am just loving the book. I also know of a very young girl who has never played bridge, but loved the book enough to want to learn to play.Published 8 months ago by Bee
after reading "holes", i was quite excited when a friend lent me this. however , i personally was very disappointed when i realised that almost the whole book was the rules... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The novel is a nice, well written story that will appeal also to people not particularly interested in bridge. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ItalianMama
I am now having to try to play bridge with my grandchildren as a result of this book.
My ten years old grandson devoured it in not much over an hour at the first read but... Read more
Brilliant idea. Typically unfussy. Witty. Emotional. If you love bridge you'll love this. If you don't love bridge you'll love this. Superb.Published 16 months ago by TheYak
Bought as a present. Slightly different to "Holes" so will see if he likes itPublished 19 months ago by Surrey Mum
A whole book about an old rich man who plays poker with his grandson, it's definitely not as good as Holes, and a little more difficult and slow to read unless you're really into... Read morePublished 21 months ago by becca