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Word Freak - Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble
Title:
Word Freak - Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble
Fatsis, Stefan
$25.00
For many, Scrabble is merely a board game. For others it is an intellectual pilgrimage, a balancing act between language and mathematics, simultaneously joyful and frustrating. In Word Freak Stefan Fatsis charts the history and theory of the game alongside his own rise from livingroom player to competitive shark, and affords us a glimpse into the extraordinary world of the brilliant geeks and misfit savants who populate the highest ranks of the game. The top Scrabble players marshal the weird, hidden forces of the mind in their quest for greatness; they form cliques and petty jealousies; schadenfraude is a popular sensation; their favourite noise is that of a shaking bag of small tiles. In an effort to understand the depth of obsession plumbed by the players, Fatsis meets experts in neurochemistry, memory, linguistics and probability, as well as those players who form Scrabble's darker underworld. Witty and profound, Word Freak is about sports and competition, the human mind and its interior workings, drive, desire and loneliness. And huge lists of words with no meaning at all.
Second hand Hardback
Stock: 
1
ISBN: 
9780224060608
SKU:
64868