Title: The Cardturner

Author: Louis Sachar

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 342

Rating: 4/5

This is my third Louis Sachar book, and I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. Holes was great, of course, but books like this one show that he’s not just the literary equivalent of a one hit wonder.

In some ways, this book reminded me of Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie, if only because they both include a lot of sections based around card games. At least this book also offered up some explanations so that you could learn about bridge and understand what was happening, but it also did mean that there were long sections where you were basically just learning to play bridge.

On the plus side, Sachar did it in such a way that it worked within the context of the story, and it was also easy for you to skip if it wasn’t quite what you were looking for. It was actually quite clever how he did it.

And then there’s the story itself, which was actually quite sweet and which kept me engaged from start to finish. I think that it could easily have been too twee, but Sachar is a dab hand at writing this kind of stuff and he manages to come up with plots that are suitable for all ages. You could enjoy this as a twelve-year-old girl, and I enjoyed it as a 32-year-old man.

It was also nice to get away from the Stanley Yelnats stuff, even though I do enjoy him as a character. It’s just that it was good to see Sachar heading off in a different direction and flexing his creative muscles. Like I said, it shows that he’s not the literary equivalent of a one hit wonder.

One final note on bridge: Even though Sachar’s own obvious passion for the game shines through, I have no interest in playing it myself. You need four people, and I don’t have three friends.

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