The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

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When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct. For Beth, there’s more at stake than merely winning and losing.

Title:The Queen's Gambit
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781400030606
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    The Queen's Gambit Reviews

  • Joe Valdez

    The Queen's Gambit is the first novel I've read in some time that I looked forward to cracking open in the evening to finish. Rather than simply wanting to get through it, I didn't want it to end. Pub...

  • Sam Quixote

    Blimey o’reilly, The Queen’s Gambit was an absolutely stonking good novel – the best I’ve read in ages! Why hasn’t anyone ever told me to read Walter Tevis before?! He’s an utterly fantabu...

  • Elyse  Walters

    While I enjoyed this book about a young orphan girl....who became addicted to prescription medication— while at the same time became addicted to the game chess....Grows into a brilliant world chess ...

  • Matthew

    The Good:This book was a delightful read that was easy to get into and stay invested in. Like any good underdog story – and in the spirt of many great sports movies – we get to go from humble begi...

  • jessica

    hmm. for sure in the minority with my thoughts and feelings about this one. i found the chess scenes to be surprisingly interesting. i appreciate how the games and competitions are portrayed with a ve...

  • Tim

    Note: This is not really a review. It's more me just gushing about something I love... sorry. That's all I have to offer on this one._____I'm not one who usually buys into TV show hype and has to read...

  • Mehenaz

    As much as I wished to have discovered the book before the TV show, that didn't stop the words from amusing me. Even if you don't know what any of the chess pieces do and have no interest in chess, Be...

  • BlackOxford

    The Tragedy of SuccessThe Queens Gambit is about professional chess in the same way that David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is about professional tennis. That is to say, the core of the book is ab...

  • Beverly

    Extraordinary tale of a young girl's genius at chessIf you loved the Netflix series, you will adore the book from which it was born, The Queen's Gambit is storytelling at its finest. Walter Tevis is w...

  • persephone ?

    my toxic trait is thinking that i could beat every single one of these characters at chess even though i've never touched a single chess piece in my entire life...