Swings and Arrows

Swings and Arrows

by Victor Mollo




Just about every bridge player over forty has read Victor Mollo's Bridge in the Menagerie, a book that is on any list of the all-time top ten on the game. Towards the end of his life, Mollo continued to write stories about the same well-loved characters (the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest), but they appeared in various magazines around the world, and if you weren't a subscriber, you didn't get to read them.

This is the third MPP anthology of these lost Menagerie gems, collected for the first time in book form (following The Hog Takes to Precision in 2011 and Diamonds are the Hog's Best Friend in 2013). Victor Mollo is everyone's favorite bridge humorist, and a genuinely new book from him will be greeted as something to be treasured.

Illustrations by bridge cartoonist Bill Buttle add to the fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771400053
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

The late Victor Mollo (London, UK) is one of the best-loved authors ever to write about bridge. He wrote many excellent how-to books on the game (including the classic Card Play Technique, with Nico Gardener) but it is as a humorist, and the author of Bridge in the Menagerie and its sequels, that he is best remembered.

Table of Contents

The Tail of the Angel 9

The Stars Speak 13

Papa's Unlucky Day 21

The Rabbit Plays with the Odds 31

Simple Arithmetic 35

Technique of Wrongdoing 39

Unequal Combat 49

May the Best Man Win 57

The Rabbit Thwarts Destiny 65

An Unlucky Hand 69

The Hog Splits His Aces 75

Swings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune 81

A Mixed Performance in the Menagerie 87

UU and Non UU 93

The Rabbit Counter-Attacks 101

The Quality of Bad Luck 109

Signaling to Declarer 117

Lightning Strikes Twice 123

Partnership Understanding 129

The Woes of the Walrus 135

The Vixen's Kittenish Ways 141

Spotlight on Karapet 147

The Rabbit Plays like a Champ 153

Smile of Contentment 161

'Tis Better to be Feared than Liked 167

Mistakes, Lapses and Regrets 175

In Defense of the Results Merchant 181

Papa's Black Day 187

Justice 195

The Rabbit Asserts His Rights 201

Karapet's Lucky Day 209

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