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The Cardturner (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 2011

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'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday 'This is Sachar, owner of the most distinctive, clever, funny, philosophical voice in children's fiction ... a whale symbol on the page warns of forthcoming bridge analysis, which the readers can skip if they want. But they probably won't. Because this is Sachar' The Telegraph 'In Alton Richards, Sachar has created a credible and funny teenage lead ... The human drama is gripping' Financial Times 'The genius of Sachar's prose is that it's so plain and unshowy you don't notice the daredevil artistry of his storytelling until it's too late. You don't know you've been cut in half until you try to walk away ... As Uncle Lester might say, nicely played, Louis' Frank Cottrell Boyce, Guardian

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Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes his novels and plays quite a lot of bridge. His novel Holes has sold over 1.5 million copies in the Bloomsbury edition alone and Louis is the recipient of many of the world's most well-regarded book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Award. Holes was the first Liverpool City Read title and won the Sheffield Book Award in the UK.

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Das Buch handelt letztendlich von dem Protagonisten und seiner Kusine, die beide als Medium ihrer talentierten Großeltern handeln und für diese das Bridge-Turnier gewinnen, damit sie ihren Seelenfrieden erhalten.
Insgesamt sehr informativ: Wer sich die Spielregeln aneignen will hat Freude. Wer diese skippen will, überspringt den Wal (Insider und Leser werden verstehen).
Zum ersten Mal nimmt eines von Sachars Romanen stark fiktive Formen an. Zwei verstorbene Großeltern handeln mithilfe ihrer Enkel und gewinnen endlich das Turnier, auf das sie sich so sehr vorbereitet hatten, doch nie antreten konnten. Wems gefällt...
Was wirklich spannend ist, ist die Konstellation der Beziehungen und die Hintergrundgeschichte, die sich im Laufe der Geschichte entfalten. Ab dem Moment, wo die Verhältnisse geklärt sind, wird es untypisch Sachar.
Wer seinen bisherigen Witz sehr genossen hat, bei dem nie stark Fiktives notwendig gewesen ist, der wird diesen in diesem Roman vermissen. Aber für Zwischendurch ist das Buch okay. Man muss nur lernen, auch mal einige Teile einfach zu überspringen. Aber der Autor lädt ja auch explizit darauf ein.
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Gold Star Award Winner!

"Talk About Wow" is the title of one of the chapters in THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar. It is also the perfect way to describe this book. I was hooked on the very first page and read the thing in a single day. My recommendation is - Don't Miss It!

With that said, many readers could be scared away by THE CARDTURNER. The story revolves around the card game of bridge. The book is filled with in-depth information and detailed descriptions of the game. But don't let that frighten you off. There is soooo much more to enjoy.

Alton Richards isn't really looking forward to the summer between his junior and senior year. He knows he should look for a job but can't seem to get motivated. There won't be any swimming in the backyard pool because it's still just a hole in the ground awaiting the final outcome of some lawsuit between his parents and the pool company. Alton's dad has also just broken the news that the insulation company he works for is downsizing, which means he's out of a job. And don't forget, Alton's girlfriend just dumped him. Great way to kick off summer vacation.

Just when Alton thinks things can't get anymore dismal, he learns that his "favorite" uncle, Lester Trapp, has requested his presence. Alton has been to his uncle's hilltop home only once before. It was the elderly Trapp's birthday, and Alton was just five years old at the time. Since Alton knows his parents are hoping for a huge inheritance when the old guy's time comes, he knows he must answer the call and find out what the old man wants.

A cardturner? What is that? Lester Trapp, who is now blind due to complications from diabetes, wants Alton to help him play bridge.
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Von Evelyn am 21. März 2011
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Ein Superbuch über Bridge, spannend, witzig und sachkundig geschrieben. Bridgespieler und Turniere werden überzeugend geschildert. Mir scheint es durchaus geeignet, Interesse an dem sehr speziellen Thema zu wecken und ich freue mich darauf, dass es noch in diesem Jahr auf Deutsch erscheinen soll.
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Eine in jeder Hinsicht 'kindische' Geschichte, aus der hübschen Idee des 'Blindenbrige' nichts gemacht: weder ein spannender Plot noch ein gutes Bridgebuch - für absolute Karten-Anfänger nicht methodisch genug und für etwas Fortgeschrittene zum Gähnen langweilig.
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HASH(0x962d4de0) von 5 Sternen Playing Bridge, Building Bridges 13. Mai 2010
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Alton Richards (not Richard Alton like some of his teachers call him) has always known that wealthy Lester Trapp is his favorite uncle. He loves him. At least, that's what his mother tells him to say every time Trapp and Alton talk on the phone. But when Trapp's health problems lead to his blindness and Alton is roped into being the old man's "cardturner" at his bridge club...Alton has to decide his feelings for himself--along with his feelings for Toni Castaneda, Trapp's niece by marriage and former cardturner according to most, contender for the fortune according to Alton's mom. But he soon learns that Toni might not be as crazy as his mom says, that bridge may not be as boring as he thought, and that not all coincidences are mere coincidences.
Ok, this time I'm skipping all the educated, literary-sounding praise. Getting straight to the point: I loved The Cardturner. Like Sachar's previous masterpiece, Holes, The Cardturner hides layer upon layer of meaning with the utmost subtlety...yet is so straightforward about it all that you will trust the narrator implicitly. I know my summary is slightly convoluted; a more simple way to put it is that this book is all about bridges. Yeah, the game bridge of course, which you will find delightfully, surprisingly exciting, but so much more... The bridges we build from one person to another...one idea to another... to friends, strangers, God, our own subconscious minds.
Ok, and if anyone suddenly has a strong desire to start up a bridge club after reading this (it wouldn't surprise me), I so want to be in on it.
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HASH(0x962da3b4) von 5 Sternen it won me over, even the bridge parts 2. Juni 2010
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This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year. I was initially skeptical about a book with so much bridge in it. I've never played bridge, a mathematical, complex card game that seems to only be played by British characters in books. But I'm a fan of Louis Sacher, writer of _Sideways Stories from Wayside School_ and the Newbery-winning _Holes_, so I picked it up. I found myself interested in bridge as a game, and riveted by the underlying story about a rich uncle, an inheritance, and a woman who went mad under mysterious circumstances in the past.

Sacher's skills as a storyteller and polish as a writer only continue to grow. His treatment of Alton's feelings about his friendships and his family is gentle and skillful (and about his family, Alton's parents are hilariously awful and his sister is great). Sacher has kept the sense of humor and his imagination that distinguished his earlier books, but added to it a psychological subtlety that made it an exceptionally pleasing reading experience.
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HASH(0x962d7960) von 5 Sternen Original and Perceptive 24. Mai 2010
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It's hard not to feel sorry for seventeen-year-old Alton Richards when his parents rope him into driving his cranky, blind, great-Uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week - during summer vacation, no less. Even worse: Alton must be Uncle Lester's eyes during this old-fashioned game; his cardturner.

As the summer wears on, Alton, in turn, learns the game of bridge requires players to look beyond the surface, which extends to the way he perceives his uncle. Despite his blindness, Uncle Lester is quite insightful.

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar is a wholly original story that breaks so many rules of what should be an interesting book for teens. It's about bridge - a game for old people and not even parent old, more like grandparent old. I can assure you, the author manages to make the subject not only a good read, but you may even consider playing bridge because the book provides some "how to" tips as a bonus.

In his Newbery Award winning Holes, Mr. Sachar broke a few rules, too. And I, for one, hope that he continues to be his wonderful non-conformist self , writing about whatever subject or story moves him.
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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HASH(0x962dc588) von 5 Sternen Great plot, too much bridge 8. Juli 2010
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I love Louis Sacher and was so excited to read this new book. The plot intrigued me; it's novel and interesting, and I love playing games, so I was ready for a great read. Alton is a delightful character, and his voice rings true throughout the novel. His uncle, too, was well drawn in his quirky way. But, while I admit that I stayed up late to see how it ended, I was dulled by all the bridge discussion, and skipping ahead-which Alton recommends-wasn't really an option. I play cards, count cards and understand the essentials of bridge, but there was way too much of it, and I can't believe that a young adult will invest the time and thought required to follow the lengthy play by play which grew denser as the story progressed. So, despite the strong plot and storyline, I won't be recommending this book.
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HASH(0x962dc738) von 5 Sternen GreenBeanTeenQueen Reviews 15. September 2010
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This is probably going to be the worst review and make no sense, because I honestly can't put into words why and how much I loved this book. I'd seen it around and read a review that piqued my interest. But bridge, in a book for teenagers? How interesting could that be?

Turns out it makes for a great story and one that is so unique and different from anything else I've read. Alton is a very likeable character and I love his narration and observations on life. Alton is a nice guy, he still talks to his best friend even though his girlfriend dumped him and started dating said best friend. He doesn't complain too much about having to play bridge. He's not a mysterious bad boy type, but a nice normal teen. He's the type of guy I would have had a crush on in high school.

Toni provides some of the spunk in the book. She's Trapp's great-niece so while Alton knows of Toni, they are on opposite sides of Trapp's family and Trapp is the one that connects them. Toni is hilarious and while she starts out as being somewhat odd, I really liked her and thought she was a great counterpart to Alton's character.

Even though The Cardturner is about Alton and Toni, it's mostly about Trapp and Annabel, Trapp's former bridge partner and Toni's grandmother. Their story is heartbreaking and how it connects and intertwines with Alton and Toni is pitch-perfect storytelling. They connect slowly and the way the two stories unfold keep the reader interested and engaged and just made the book for me.

The Cardturner, even with all it's great characters and storytelling, is ultimately a book about bridge. The author likens this to telling a story about baseball to aliens-it's not going to make a lot of sense. The way Mr. Sachar makes it work is that he uses a whale (inspired by Alton's annoyance over the fact that Moby Dick has long boring passages that aren't about whale hunting). In the book, these passages are marked by a whale, and that's when you know long technical information about bridge is coming up. Readers can skim or skip these parts and just read the basic overview at the end of each bridge passage or they can read them and try to learn more about the game. I listened to this one on audio, so these passages are marked by the sound of a foghorn. I tried to pay attention, but I still don't know that much about bridge!

The Cardturner has such a strange premise that it's going to be a hard sell to readers, but if you can get them to pick it up, it's worth it. I tried to booktalk it the other day and I couldn't exactly explain why I loved it so much so I just had to offer up the good ol "just trust me on this one." There's just a bit of magic to this book and the way everything comes together is why I finished the book smiling and adding it to my Printz picks for 2011. Just trust me on this one.
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