The Hustler

The Hustler

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by Walter Tevis
     
 

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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,

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560254737
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/15/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
230,371
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Walter Tevis (1928-1984) taught English literature and creative writing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, for fourteen years, where he was a distinguished professor. During his lifetime, he wrote five novels and Far from Home, a collection of short stories. His books have been translated into eighteen different languages.

Joe Barrett has been a working stage, screen, and recording booth actor since 1974 and an award-winning and eight-time Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator since 1999. He also practiced law for five years-but don't hold that against him. Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright, and together they have four children.

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The Hustler 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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One of my favorite movies of all time is the Hustler with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. This is not unusual for a poolplayer. However, I had never read the book, until recently when a friend, who by the way does not play pool, told me about how great the book was. I told him I would try to find time to go out an get it. The next day, he brought it with him to work and gave it to me. I figured I would never find time to read it since I never seem to find time for anything beyond work and pool. Not to mention that I had not read a book in years, though I used to thouroghly enjoy reading. Several nights later, I decided to pick up the book and read a chapter or two. Hours later, I found myself propped up in bed, reading page after page, chapter after chapter, and I just couldn't put it down. My wife finally told me to turn out the light so she could get some sleep. The next morning I woke up thinking about the book. It wasn't long before I had a cup of coffee in front of me, and the book in my hands. I completed the book in what seemed to be mere moments. This is truely a page turner, and a very well written book. I really like the fact that they stay away from the dark story line of the movie that detracted from the true story, the story of the man and the poolplayer, the hustler, Eddie Felson. This book does a great job of really getting in to the mind of a poolplayer. The way the pool rooms were described, I could almost smell the cigars and hear the balls clicking around. My heart raced as if I were the one playing for thousands of dollars. If you have ever played pool you will truely love this book. If you love pool the way I do, you will have an experience in reading that you have not had since you were a kid. Once you have read this, you will want to read the Color of Money, which is the sequel. If you have seen the movie with Tom Cruise, you will find the book to be 100% different. There is no young prodigy named Vincent. The book is about an aging Eddie Felson, trying to climb back on top of the pool world. After you read the book The Color of Money, you will probably wonder the same thing that I did, why didn't they make the movie like the book. Not that the movie they made was bad, but the plot of the book was so much more complex and interesting than the movie was. I highly recommend reading the Hustler, and the Color of Money.