DEAR “The Cardturner”

The Cardturner

Louis Sachar

The Cardturner is a story about a card game call Bridge. Alton is forced by his mother to spend time with his rich blind uncle, in hope of getting some money from his uncle will. Alton’s uncle is an experience player, during the time that Alton spends with him; he needs to accompany his uncle to the Bridge studio where his uncle plays Bridge. Although his uncle is blind, he was still able to play Bridge, Alton would tell him the cards that he possessed, and he would tell Alton which card to play. As the story progress Alton and his uncle’s relationship deepens as he learns more about his uncle, as well as the game that his uncle loves: Bridge.

The Cardturner is a fiction story, but at the same time it does teach you more about the game Bridge to understand the story better. I’m amaze at the fact that the author was able to write footnotes to explain the Bridge, but at the same time you are able to skip the footnotes and still understand the story. This gives choices to the reader; if they want to learn more about the game, they can read it, but if they are reading it for the story they can skip the footnotes. Although I found the beginning of the story interesting and I really enjoyed reading it but toward half way into the story I did not enjoy the story as much I as I did in the beginning, and find the ending unsatisfying. Overall, Cardturner it was unique and interesting and I really enjoyed reading it.

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7 comments to DEAR “The Cardturner”

  • Diana Kim

    OHhh i know the author~ isn’t he who wrote ‘holes’?
    I should read it now~i have just read the story line you wrote but i find it really interesting at the fact that Alton’s uncle is blind and he can still play the Bridge.

    • Alissa Yap

      You really should read it! And while you’re at it you might as well read “Holes” if you haven’t, although in my opinion, i actually enjoyed “Holes” more; it’s one of my favorite books. XD

  • Aaron

    Wow this sounds like an interesting read. I have never heard of a book which not only tells the story but also, explain something which in this case is “Bridge”. I am starting to find this book unique as from what I gather, the game “Bridge” is closely related to the story.

  • Sanaa

    “You are able to skip the footnotes and still understand the story.” Oooo so does that mean you didn’t have to learn the game of bridge while reading the book? Or would it not be the same if you hadn’t? Anyway, I still think it’s really interesting how the reader has the option to either learn about the game Bridge through the footnotes or can just continue on reading the story.

    • Alissa Yap

      The footnoted is there to tell you more about the game in depth, but you can skip it and there will be like a two to three sentence long summary about the footnotes. I guess in a way it’s like a footnote for the footnote. XD

  • Aurora

    Wow, this book seems interesting! I didn’t think it would be possible to learn a game just through reading a fiction book. I think I might want to read this book just to see how that works! However, I don’t think the story seem all that appealing to me, haha.

    • Alissa Yap

      yea I did not think is was possible at first too! XD Although I think this feature makes the book unique!

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