“The cardturner is a book about a boy who's uncle lester plays bridge which just a card game but here is the twist his uncle lester loves the game but can't see the cards because he is blind!.That is when uncle lester decides he still wants to play but needs someone to play for him.That is when he...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“A decent plot bogged down by bridge. So much bridge. Whole chapters of bridge. Impenetrable discussions of bridge techniques. Frankly, even Louis Sachar can't make bridge interesting for me and I quickly found myself skipping whole chapters because I just couldn't work up any enthusiasm over...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The cardturner is a book about a boy who's uncle lester plays bridge which just a card game but here is the twist his uncle lester loves the game but can't see the cards because he is blind!.That is when uncle lester decides he still wants to play but needs someone to play for him.That is when he calls up. Alton his nephew he who he hasn't spoken to in a while. Uncle lester used to have his niece toni be his cardturner. But she already new how to play and therefore always asked him "are you sure".The conflict is right before nationals uncle lester's health takes a turn for the worst and cannot come. Alton and toni must finish it for him with the help of a very important lady and man. Louis sachar writing in this story is suspense and romance. I think the author was trying to teach you bridge and play it. In my opinion that took away from the story too much.”C.Pratt <3 wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A decent plot bogged down by bridge. So much bridge. Whole chapters of bridge. Impenetrable discussions of bridge techniques. Frankly, even Louis Sachar can't make bridge interesting for me and I quickly found myself skipping whole chapters because I just couldn't work up any enthusiasm over bridge.
I also had issues with the twist in the later half of the book that seemed to come out of nowhere. It was hard for me to believe in what I assumed was a standard realistic fiction novel.
But I hated the bridge discussions even more.”
“"The Cardturner" is a story about a boy's interest in a card game called Bridge when his uncle introduced it to him, and struggles with his problems about his friends, family, and another girl who can't seem to get her mind off the game, either. The book mixes the complex rules of the game with a real life story which he experiences Not my type of genre of choice, however, others would be interested if they are in to card games; and a decent plot.”Jeremy wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an interesting novel. I had no idea how complicated bridge really was.”Daniel C wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. ”Timur wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Comment for “The Card Turner” By Louis Sachar
Abdullah Al Kudsi
I am on page 282
This story so far has had many elements for a perfect story. It’s imaginative plot of Alton playing bridge with his blind uncle all summer, it's character development of Toni and Alton with their love lives, and it's descriptive setting of the bridge studios can really set it apart from most realistic fiction novels, with it’s immense description and attention to detail, which allows the reader to imagine and feel like he is in the story. With regards to character development, the development of Alton has been shown throughout the story. Alton starts out as a teenager who had just got dumped by his girlfriend for his best friend, to a bridge playing imaginary voice hearing genius. He really matures and pulls his life together throughout the story. These examples of teenagers can really make readers relate, as I can connect to it being relatively the same age, and went through a similar problem of having a game like bridge re invent passion to your life. Not only that, the novel’s plot twists gives it an extra edge that can surprise you. Many different twists occurred throughout the novel, for example, when Trapp (Alton's Uncle) dies right before the national championships. I for one expected Trapp to die at the end of the story gracefully, however when he dies it brings a real shock, and the idea playing through Alton and Toni after death is in my opinion a wonderful twist to the plot. Lastly, the description of the setting in the story, particularly the bridge studios in Chicago, can make a reader who has never even heard of a bridge studio, into someone who goes there three times a week. For example, on page 254 Alton explains, “The playing area was not just one room. There were two giant ballrooms and seven or eight smaller rooms, all filled with rows and rows of people playing bridge. And that, I found out, was just one floor.” The descriptions of the setting can really make someone feel they are there, and I can relate as it gives me a personal connection with my childhood in my grandfather's house. This book really allows me to enjoy the story and it allows many personal connections to be made throughout. All in all, a very stimulating and 5/5 read so far.[br/
Final Review for 'The Card Turner"
Abdullah Al Kudsi
The story "The Card Turner" by Louis Sachar has proved to be wonderful novel about the game of bridge and it's correlation to the main character's life. It's strait forward and immediate beginning, it's detailed and rich middle and it's original ending allowed for a memorable novel. To elaborate, I felt that the beginning of the book got strait into the drama, and it explained Alton's life very quickly and directly, allowing the reader to have good background knowledge about the story. for example,on the first page, the author describes "Ever since i was a little kid, i've had it drilled into me that my uncle Lester was my favorite uncle. My mother would thrust the phone at me and say, Uncle Lester wants to talk to you, her voice infused with the same forced enthusiasm she used to describe the deliciousness of canned peas." These were the first few lines of the story, and it just optimizes that the author doesn't like to wait to explain things, and he likes to get strait into the action. Moreover, the middle of the book had great detail and allowed for the reader to understand the game of bridge and to feel sympathy for Alton. However, I felt that at times it got a but confusing for the reader, as the bridge terminology and diagrams we obviously made for people with a basic background of bridge, which the author explained, however with his complex bridge terminology. For example, on page 157, the author explained "The blond man glared at me. How can you only bid two two diamonds? he demanded. Your partner opened the bidding, and you had fifteen points! I didn't think she'd pass, I said in met defense." As the quote shows, the bridge terms used in the text can get very confusing for the reader. On the other hand, I felt that the ending was near flawless, as it demonstrate originality along with the usual cliche of girl and boy working together to fix the problem. The original idea can allow the reader to enjoy the ending, and this just shows that the originality of the story was immense, and it allowed the reader to enjoy reading something new. Overall a 9.5/10, and an extremely stimulating and pleasing story.”
“This was a good read, but sometimes all the "bridge" descriptions and actions were lost on me. I enjoyed the story line though.”Leslie Ashby wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a huge fan of Louis Sachar's writing style.”Mr. Wunsch wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Even though this book goes into great detail about the game of Bridge, I found Alton irresistible. Likeable, thoughtful, dutiful and sweet Alton makes the game of Bridge interesting while he tries to figure out the game for himself as he turns cards for his blind and supposedly "favorite" old rich uncle. Alton is forced to take on the job of card turning for him at his Bridge games by his mother --who hopes that one day it will pay off. Indeed this cranky old uncle has not been well. So, if Alton can just play those cards right his family will soon inherit this fortune.”Elizabeth wrote this review Tuesday, September 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No