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The Hustler By Walter Tevis The Hustler When it was first published in The Hustler was the first and the best novel written about billiards in the year history of the game The book quickly won a respected readership and later an a

  • Title: The Hustler
  • Author: Walter Tevis
  • ISBN: 9781560254737
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Hustler By Walter Tevis When it was first published in 1959, The Hustler was the first and the best novel written about billiards in the 400 year history of the game The book quickly won a respected readership and later an audience for the movie with the same name starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason The Hustler is about the victories and losses of one Fast Eddie Felson, a poolroom hustlerWhen it was first published in 1959, The Hustler was the first and the best novel written about billiards in the 400 year history of the game The book quickly won a respected readership and later an audience for the movie with the same name starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason The Hustler is about the victories and losses of one Fast Eddie Felson, a poolroom hustler who travels from town to town conning strangers into thinking they could beat him at the game when in fact, he is a skillful player who has never lost a game Until he meets his match in Minnesota Fats, the true king of the poolroom, causing his life to change drastically This is a classic tale of a man s struggle with his soul and his self esteem If Hemingway had the passion for pool that he had for bullfighting, his hero might have been Eddie Felson Time A wonderful hymn to the last true era when men of substance played pool with a vengeance Time Out
    The Hustler By Walter Tevis

    The Hustler Sep , Fast Eddie Felson is a small time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self destructive attitude His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon Now broke and without his long time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. The Hustler film The Hustler Rotten Tomatoes Paul Newman is cocky poolroom hustler Fast Eddie Felson, a swaggering pool shark punk who works his trade in dingy bars and seedy poolrooms, in Robert Rossen s atmospheric adaptation of the The Hustler Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason THE HUSTLER is one of the essential American films of the s, right up there with BONNIE CLYDE, THE GRADUATE, and THE WILD BUNCH, a cultural touchstone for years after its release with scenes that defined a generation. The Hustler by Walter Tevis When it was first published in , The Hustler was the first and the best novel written about billiards in the year history of the game The book quickly won a respected readership and later an audience for the movie with the same name starring Paul Newman and Jackie

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    1. Tfitoby on said:

      When the bottles hit they tinkled and jangled noisily but Eddie did not hear them because of the overriding yet distant, detached, far off sound of his own screaming I saw The Hustler for the first time recently, I love the atmosphere and the mood that drifts from nihilism to hope, Paul Newman struggling with the anger and hatred inside of himself in between long silent brooding takes And I knew within the first chapter of reading the words of Walter Tevis that all of it stemmed from here We go [...]

    2. Kevin Seccia on said:

      The Hustler is pretty close to perfect And better for your morale than a half dozen self help books, chased with a handful of Xanax When I started reading it I had twenty dollars to my name, now I have five the book wasn t free , and all the secrets to the universe It s always nice to feel the risks fall off your back And winning that can be heavy on your back too, like a monkey You drop that load too when you find yourself an excuse Then, afterward, all you got to do is learn to feel sorry for [...]

    3. Ben Loory on said:

      so far i ve read three walter tevis books this, Mockingbird, and The Man Who Fell to Earth, and i don t think there s been a word out of place in any of them incredible.

    4. Carole Morin on said:

      Carole Morin, author of Spying on Strange Men, reviews the fiction of Walter TevisPaul Newman was told he wasn t sexy enough to be an actor A rich man s son, he didn t have the street cred of Brando and Dean who studied at Lee Strasberg s Actors Studio around the same time.His performance in The Hustler makes a mockery of Strasberg s judgment The Hustler, Walter Tevis first novel, is exceptional not only in being a brilliant book but the movie based on it is also great Three of Tevis s 4 novels [...]

    5. David on said:

      Estuve a punto de dejarlo un par de veces y no por malo o por lento, sino porque me parec a que la pel cula estaba tan bien adaptada que no me aportaba nada nuevo Pero afortunadamente no lo hice y fu en el ltimo cuarto del libro en el que los argumentos divergen Distintos finales para una misma historia una gran historia No sabr a decir cual de los dos es mejor Pero si, que el de la novela es menos dram tico y m s acorde al desarrollo del personaje Es la segunda novela que leo de Tevis y si bien [...]

    6. Mimonni on said:

      che dire se lo scrittore riesce a tenere incollato il lettore al suo romanzo parlando di biliardo poi ovviamente c molto di pi tra i personaggi riuscitissimi e le ambientazioni che non chiedono di meglio che essere messe in scena film del 1961 con Paul Newman Lo metto tra i preferiti.

    7. Chadwick on said:

      An absolutely perfect novel Tevis is a writer who makes me go Holy shit, did you fucking see what he just did there That was bad to the ass Seriously, a textbook about how to write a perfect novel I read it in three hours.

    8. Jim Cherry on said:

      You probably know the story of The Hustler from the 1961 Paul Newman movie of the same name It s the tale of small time pool hustler Eddie Felson who wants to move from the small time to the big time by playing the best pool player, Minnesota Fats He loses to Fats, falls for a woman, gets his thumbs broken, is taught how to win by gambler Bert, and has a rematch with Fats It s all there, the pleasure comes in the prose of Tevis writing.The prose is sepia tinged as it should be for the world it s [...]

    9. Daniel Polansky on said:

      Loved this Loved it The perfect antidote to the last five The story of Fast Eddie s attempt to become the greatest pool player in America, a hill that he must climb over the corpse of Minnesota Fats the names, right The Names Fast, sharply written, a meditation on, basically, the Will to Power as expressed over a pool table The character sketches are divine, I spent a lot of time reading it and laughing loudly in bars Definitely check this out.

    10. Michael on said:

      For some reason that I m not aware of at the time of purchase, I ve only been reading first novels these days First, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, followed by Less Than Zero, on to The Secret History and finally this one, Tevis s first, inspired by his working at a poolhall I m not sure why I ve been subconsciously doing this, but it must mean something And all in all, every work is about as different in every way as possible, as just as good as the next.I have to agree with a former reviewer Ch [...]

    11. Piewacket on said:

      From a pool players perspective and I have played competitively for over 15 years this book has amazing insight into the mind of a player I enjoyed it immensely as well as the follow up The Color of Money This one is a little different from the movie version less about the love story and about the game , while the later bares no resemblance to the book other than the title.I think you can enjoy them both even if you don t play pool, even so if you have ever competed at any sport and yes pool i [...]

    12. Mo on said:

      Ok, I hate pool, see My Dad hustled pool and we ended up with mysterious appliances that he said fell off of a truck And a lot of Keebler s cookies But I digress Walter Tevis is a genius novellist Every word so precisely chosen, so put in just the right place, the plot effortless and the dialogue just perfect Characters Don t even get me started.

    13. Paul on said:

      I ve heard that pool can be a dirty game, she said.He put the comb back in his pocket People say that, he said I ve heard people say that myself You re being comical, she said, trying to make her voice sound dry And then, Is it dirty yes, it s dirty He felt of his face, which needed a shave Anyway you look at it, it s dirty It was like a whorehouse Saturday night and payday in the mines the day the war was over and Christmas He could feel his palms sweating for the weight of his cue Anyone looki [...]

    14. Paul Beech on said:

      Tevis s first novel only just merits 4 stars, as it suffers from the same problem as his own Mockingbird a good premise, a great first half, then a gentle but noticeable decline in quality Tevis s writing here is mostly very fine, but it s almost as if he couldn t keep his enthusiasm from sagging midway through the process The careful development and attention to detail that characterise the first 100 pages gives way to a rushed and underdeveloped summing up The climatic contest between Eddie an [...]

    15. DROPPING OUT on said:

      Absolutely the quintessential novel about pool and the pool once hustler, written in its heyday Gritty prose typical of the era Great ending Once I started, I did not want to put it down Read it in under four hours.I think I saw the movie some fifty years ago that starred Jackie Gleason I do not think I saw the sequel, The Color of Money As both are considered classics, I gotta checked them out too.For those who yearn for the America of the 1950s, here s a sample, about the anti hero, Eddie Fels [...]

    16. Kelly on said:

      Though I ve never seen the film adaptation of The Hustler, I suspect or at least hope it s considerably better than the book The story is somewhat interesting, but all of the characters are fairly one dimensional and I really disliked the protagonist The writing style is very spare, somewhat like Steinbeck or Hemingway, but not nearly of that caliber At very rare moments, it has the almost poetic feel of good Hemingway, but it s, mostly unremarkable or even bad The author seems to be concerned [...]

    17. Pablo Fern�ndez on said:

      No vi la pel cula original, aunque s la secuela El Color del Dinero y despu s de m s de diez a os, he le do el libro primario No puedo decir m s que, aun teniendo ciertas reservas al comienzo billares y buscavidas no me entusiasman demasiado , he dado con un libro repleto de referencias y sobre todo, aceptadas cr ticas, no solamente al mundo al cual se dirige No Tambi n a la sociedad en general Una forma de far west de los a os 50 60 en el que se intercalan realidades y paralelismos cualesquiera [...]

    18. Lars Guthrie on said:

      A classic by an under recognized writer Makes me want to investigate of Tevis A truly American story about a man trying to invent himself to think of himself as an insurance salesman or a shoe clerk would have been only absurd driving across America s open spaces, living outside the law, but within his own code of honor And where does he end up Not too far away from the insurance salesman and the shoe clerk Meet the new boss, same as the old boss The Great Gatsby placed in The Valley of Ashes M [...]

    19. Pat Cannon on said:

      This is one of my favorite movies but I had never read the book Walter Tevis had a remarkable understanding of how pool hustling worked I would recommend reading this even if you have seen the movie because there are many details in the book that will enrich your understanding of what motivated Fast Eddie Felson Except for a few dated references, this is a story that could be told in a modern setting with very little change to the plot.

    20. William Boyle on said:

      Can t believe I haven t read this until now I ve always loved the movie, and I ve had a swell pocket sized Dell paperback of the book hanging around for about fifteen years Finally picked it up two days ago and tore through it A perfect, beautiful little novel Loaded with great characters, but Sarah, the alcoholic grad student, might be my favorite She has a picture of a sad clown up on her wall and that s tough to top.

    21. Daniel Jon Kershaw on said:

      The Hustler explores the dingy, low class world of the American pool hall with a minimalist style that reminded me of John Fante Tevis delves into psyche of a sport where money and self worth are intertwined Beautiful drawn and seedy characters litter the pages in between poetic descriptions of pool I was hustled into giving this book 5 stars.

    22. Chris O'kill on said:

      What a fantastic book I d read the Color of Money first and had to read this one too Atmospheric, gritty and brought the tables and poolrooms to life I know why the likes of the mighty Lawrence Block enjoyed his books Just a shame there aren t that many.

    23. Brenda on said:

      Excellent book The hardest decision to make is in deciding which story has pathos in the film she dies, in the book she lives on as a lush.

    24. Carey on said:

      Creme de la creme of pool books You know you re a pool player when you can t even read 10 pages without putting it down and running to the nearest pool hall.

    25. Warren Stalley on said:

      When ambitious Fast Eddie Felson rolls into Chicago his one aim is to beat one of the top pool players at Benningtons namely Minnesota Fats But in this classic novel by Walter Tevis the young pool hustler goes through a kind of personal hell to reach his journey s end At his lowest point he meets the tragic, noble Sarah and their rocky relationship is the cornerstone of the novel counterpointing the many scenes of pool games with a strong sense of emotion Although overshadowed by the classic Pau [...]

    26. Alan Wang on said:

      A well crafted, concise book that imparts wisdom than it lets on The story is essentially a thesis on winning What is winning Why do some win and others don t In my view, the author presents winning as a standalone universal concept in of itself It is not a byproduct of passion, or strategy, or even action Winning is its own religion, and only those who worship might ever grasp nirvana To win at the highest level, one must obsess over victory for its own sake To lose is the default And to lose [...]

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