Byrne's Book of Great Pool Stories

Byrne's Book of Great Pool Stories

by Robert Byrne, Robert Byrne
     
 

Robert Byrne provides drama, humor, and constant surprises in this first-ever collection of short stories about pool, billiards, and snooker. The writers have made excellent use of the short story form, approaching it - like a pool table - from every angle.

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Robert Byrne provides drama, humor, and constant surprises in this first-ever collection of short stories about pool, billiards, and snooker. The writers have made excellent use of the short story form, approaching it - like a pool table - from every angle.

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Library Journal
Starting with an 1829 short story by James Hall, Byrne covers 163 years of pool and billiards literature. There are tragic stories, comic tales, and even a Damon Runyanesque pastiche in an sf setting (Bill Pronzini's "The Hungarian Cinch"). As in most anthologies, the quality of the writing is variable. There are minor works by major literary figures (Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin) and famous works by lesser talents (Walter Tevis's classic "The Hustler"). Wallace Stegner's portrait of a dysfunctional father/son relationship ("The Blue-Winged Teal") and an Andrew Vachss tale of a hustler's revenge on his gambler boss ("Exit") are particularly outstanding. A solid addition for any library that collects short fiction or has an interest in sports fiction.-Terry Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156002233
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Byrne has won numerous tournaments including the National Senior and National Amateur tournaments in three-cushion billiards. Named "best billiard writer" by Billiards Digest, his books and videos on pool have sold nearly a million copies. Inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2000, he lives in Dubuque, Iowa.

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