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The Hustler

Walter Tevis

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The inspiration for the legendary Paul Newman film, THE HUSTLER is a hardboiled tale of a beautiful talent for life in smoky poolrooms.

A classic hard-boiled tale of a beautiful talent for life in smoky poolrooms

Fast Eddie Felson has a reputation as a pool hustler to be feared, but his ambitions go far beyond taking small-town punks for a few bucks here and there. He has the talent to make big money, but he soon learns that it takes more than natural ability to become a real winner. He heads to Chicago to test himself against the legendary Minnesota Fats in more than forty-hours of high-stakes pool. Can he find the will to overcome his failings and fulfil his potential as the best there is?

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Praise for The Hustler

  • This book sees the poetry of the pool game . . . Fast Eddie's ascent up the ladder from pool shark to full-time hustler is the story of the will to power, told in cool fifties style - GUARDIAN

  • 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

  • A fine, swift, wanton, offbeat novel - THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Walter Tevis

Walter Tevis was an American novelist and short story writer. Whilst a student at the University of Kentucky, Tevis worked in a pool hall and published a story about the game for an English class. He would later revisit his love for pool in the novels THE HUSTLER (1959) and THE COLOR OF MONEY (1984), both of which would be adapted into multiple award-winning films starring Paul Newman. Among his other works, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1963) and MOCKINGBIRD (1980) are considered masterpieces of science fiction. Tevis died in 1984.

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