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The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death von [Whitehead, Colson]
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“Astonishing. . . . Witty. . . . Tom Wolfe crossed with Tom Pynchon.” —The Washington Post 

The Noble Hustle is fierce, funny and totally worth the buy-in.” —New York Daily News

“Whitehead proves a brilliant sociologist of the poker world.” —The Boston Globe
 
The Noble Hustle, part love letter, part dark confessional, captures perfectly the mix of neurosis and narrative that makes gambling so appealing.” —Mother Jones

“[A] trenchant, ruefully funny memoir of one man’s attempt to dispel the banality of living with the anxiety of chance.” —USA Today

“Fascinating. . . . Funny. . . . It’s hard not to root for the underdog.” —Chicago Tribune

“Mordantly funny from the first sentence. . . . Mr. Whitehead may not have gone home in the money, but he has a way with upstanding sentences.” —The Economist

“Hilarious. . . . Equal parts philosophical and farcical.” —The Seattle Times

“Clever and entertaining.” —The Miami Herald

“[Whitehead’s] reporting on the grimy glitz of casinos and competitive gambling has a funny, tragic, loser-chic sensibility.” —The New Yorker

“A literary guide to the often bizarre world of casino-poker tournaments.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Whitehead captures the sketchy and zombielike nature of poker tournament play well enough to leave you wishing this book came with a free bottle of Purell.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A sly, shambling, self-appraising riff on how he—a fervent amateur (and newly divorced father)—braved a Las Vegas World Series of Poker tourney.” —Elle

“From the first sentence to the last, Colson Whitehead never stops being clever. . . . If Whitehead played poker as well as he writes, he would have made the final table.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Part memoir, part satire, part meditation on the fractured state of contemporary culture.” —Los Angeles Times

 “A masterpiece of sportswriting.” —The Rumpus

Kurzbeschreibung

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad

In 2011, Grantland magazine gave bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator took the Greyhound to Atlantic City to learn the ways of high-stakes Texas Hold’em.

Poker culture, he discovered, is marked by joy, heartbreak, and grizzled veterans playing against teenage hotshots weaned on Internet gambling. Not to mention the not-to-be overlooked issue of coordinating Port Authority bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pickup at school. Finally arriving in Vegas for the multimillion-dollar tournament, Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event’s antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. Entertaining, ironic, and strangely profound, this epic search for meaning at the World Series of Poker is a sure bet.

An NPR Best Book of the Year


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3725 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 258 Seiten
  • Verlag: Anchor (6. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GL3OJQQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A long strange sad little story about being half-dead at the card table 14. Mai 2014
Von Darrick Dishaw - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Noble Hustle falls somewhere in the middle between a book about poker and a book about the author's permanently blue soul, as well as, his experiences in and around Las Vegas. Speaking of the latter, at times it's a little much. The reader is journeying inside Colson's head, and that's a decidedly unsettling place to be most of the time. Occasionally I could relate. I think relation is key here. Those who don't care about poker won't like this book. Those who aren't the slightest bit depressed, existentially weird, or misanthropic won't care for it, either.

I wish there had been a little more on the poker coaching at the beginning and a little less about his younger self going to Vegas somewhere around the book's middle - that just seemed like filler. Did I get a sense of what the WSOP Main Event is like? Yes, I think so. It lacked certain Texas Hold'em details I was hoping for, but oh well.

All in all, I was pleased with The Noble Hustle. Will you be? It's hard to say...

Go Luck!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It reads like a "director's cut" -- all the parts that would ... 18. Juli 2014
Von Melynda Nuss - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Colson Whitehead brings a careful eye and a wry sense of humor to the semi-glamorous world of professional poker. But the book started as a magazine article, and it still bears the marks. It reads like a "director's cut" -- all the parts that would usually be taken out for concision and focus are left in. This gives us some great profiles, some fun descriptions of his college road trips, and a bit of colorful commentary on the Nation of Anhedonia. But at times the narrative feels baggy and disorganized. On the whole, the journey was worth it. But at times, I wasn't sure.
3.0 von 5 Sternen the book captured the subject, but the writing style left something to be desired IMO (which doesn't mean much). 9. Juni 2014
Von Jenna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Colson Whitehead does a great job of taking you inside the dreams of the normal, and more often, the abnormal, poker-playing American. I read the book because I heard the NPR segment about it, and my brother was headed to WSOP. It was a great crash course book to see how one person figured out what it does/doesn't take to get there and I saw many of the same tactics employed by my brother (consulting books/cheat sheets, supplementing 'the' game with other sit n' gos, etc). Overall, I liked Whitehead's snarky, sarcastic attitude, and I know I laughed out loud at a few times, but sometimes the writing style left me trailing off the book and thinking about other things or skimming ahead. Maybe it is a testament to him doing the same as he tackled this subject...trailing off, taking an aside, going back/forth in time. I do wish he had talked a bit more about his actual experience at WSOP and not the leading up to it and the afterward.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The Noble Hustle Clarified. 9. April 2015
Von Seeker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Could not get past page 50. Book group disappointed as well. We cancelled discussion and our host pulled out a deck of cards and proceeded to teach us a simple poker game and the terminology that seemed very obscure in the book. Much more satisfying.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 11. April 2017
Von Dr.Bernadette E. Sherman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I donated this book to the Natchez Library. It also sold right way.
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