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Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Addictive!

    If you love playing scrabble, you will thoroughly enjoy reading this book. The author tries to objectively report on people who love playing scrabble and their tournaments, but he gets suckd into 'their world' and becomes a scrabble addict himself. This book is amazing as it discusses how people devote their entire waking hours to learning, studying, and mastering the english language so they can compete competitively at scrabble. Also from reading this book, I have picked up some tips to help me improve my game!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Engrossing

    A fantastic read, nominally about scrabble, but really about (surprise) "heartbreak, triumph, genius, and obsession." Fatsis writes with compassion and insight. A real pleasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    Best Book Ever on Scrabble

    This is an amazing book. I could not put it down. Even if you're not into Scrabble, it's a good read, and if you like Scrabble, it's a must-read. It's got everything - drama, pathos, tips to improve your game, psychological insights, juicy insider stuff, and for me, it was a sort of group therapy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    Enjoyable and entertaining

    I enjoy playing Scrabble occasionally, and for the ocasional player, this book is a real eye-opener. Playing the way the elite players do is not an option for most of us, and I, for one, wouldn't enjoy playing the way these players do. Their obsession with learning and memorizing words that are acceptable in Scrabble, but never used in regular coversation is a bit much. HOWEVER, I enjoyed taking the author's journey from novice to one of the elite players in the world. Along the way, he tells the tales of the various characters that he meets in a way that make one understand how this seemingly simple game can come to control one's life. Overall, this is an easy read that will be interesting to anyone who has even the basic knowledge of the game of Scrabble.

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