The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death Paperback – 3 March 2015
“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
About the Author
Colson Whitehead is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad. His other works include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A National Book Award winner and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.
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- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (3 March 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345804333
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345804334
- Item Weight : 249 g
- Dimensions : 13.18 x 1.83 x 20.17 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Will recommend to anyone as a gift or for your own
Well, write about it he does, in a rambling, self indulgent style that tries to be clever but winds up being a pretentious bore. In a total of 235 pages, he doesn`t get around to playing in the tournament until page 177. The rest is taken up in describing his trips to Atlantic City to practice casino Texas Hold`em. which was really not the supposed point of the book.
For those who watch the Series on TV every year, there are some interesting facts and observations; too bad they couldn`t have been written in a straightforward manner.
Pass on this one.