The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

June 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

I had been eagerly awaiting to read Sachar’s latest work–The Cardturner. 17-year-old Alton gets roped into turning bridge cards for his wealthy great uncle Lester who has recently gone blind. Alton’s family wants him to get closer to his ill uncle, so that way when his great uncle passes away he might leave a bulk of his fortune to them.

Sachar’s latest novel delivers a fast paced story that unravels with various twists and turns. However, Sachar’s personal fascination with bridge leads him to write many lengthy passages detailing the ins and outs of playing bridge which I found detracted from the story. I am sure Sachar knew some readers would find the bridge sections hard to get through because he depicts a whale above each section of the story that has bridge references (that way the reader can skip the bridge parts and move ahead with the story.)

As a non bridge player, I got throught the first couple of chapters ok, but as the story went on I skipped ahead. I wish Sachar would have gone into more detail with the characters and interesting story.

Tee Cotter, Port Chester

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