The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

When Alton Richards’ ‘favourite uncle’ goes blind, and nears the platform of death, Alton’s mother is determined to wriggle Alton into his uncle’s good books. So, taking Uncle Lester to bridge three times a week is a definite yes for Alton. Only Lester’s card turner, Alton thinks nothing of the job, though during the long philosophical talks they share, it is clear that Alton is beginning to truly admire his Uncle, and not just for the game he plays.

The Cardturner includes a lot of ‘bridge gibberish’, (I quote from the book), but fortunately for me you can find a simpler explanation of the bridge language at the end of each section of it. However, if you do want to follow the bridge rules, you must read them incredibly attentively, and possibly make notes on them. The Cardturner does contain a meagre amount of bad language, but I really enjoyed it, though it does not include any high quality writing. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

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