Twelve Grand: The Gambler as Hero Paperback – 11 Feb 1999
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I'll get straight to the point: you probably have to be a gambler to really enjoy reading this.
The book is all about indulgence, mainly on the betting front, although sex, booze and drugs are also high up on the inebriated agenda. The other caveats (do you need any more?) are that swearing and blasphemy feature regularly.
But the most frustrating aspect of the book is that the author sometimes uses abbreviations for common words. It is not always obvious what he means, although you get the general gist.
The main character is clearly in a state of (alcoholic) decline as he relates what he does with the £12,000 given him by a publishing company (coincidentally, Yellow Free Press, the book's publishers) to fritter away on gambling. He ends up waging a "silent war" against a lot of things in his life, some of them imaginary; a state of mind induced by his almost-perpetual intoxicated condition?
Despite its obvious faults, it is a clever and sometimes humorous book that gets you thinking.
It neatly alternates between the past and present, until the twain inevitably meet, and it is an interesting read on the whole, as long as you do not mind the bad language, etc.
You (eventually) end up feeling sorry for the writer and applaud his raw honesty, although you sometimes feel intoxicated yourself reading the book, particularly the fuzzy ending.
"Twelve Grand is a fantastic book - so few provide the reader pleasure any more. This is a book that approaches 'truth'. A great book" (Thom Jones)
"A gallop to the gates of a personal hell which is breathtakingly redeemed by its originality and ability to fascinate" (Herald)
"This is a clever book, with a vulnerable heart inside its tough outer shell... Absolutely cracking" (Independent)
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Top Customer Reviews
It is incredibly sad that we will no longer be able to enjoy the insightful, witty and candid writings of this brilliant wordsmith.
As the book progresses the author appears to lose interest in both gambling and writing and frankly this reader lost interest in reading.
Interesting concept , poor result.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing book. Jonathan Rendall is a huge loss to the world of literature but I guess it was always going to end that way.Published on 21 Aug. 2014 by Landscaper
I bought this book assuming it would be a detailed story of one mans struggle to turn a profit from the £12K. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by lelosaja
The book for me was both exciting and honest. Not only did Jonathan gamble with twelve grand, but with much of his life.
Gripping. Read it now.