Fatsis gives us all the facts about Scrabble--from the story of the down-on-his-luck architect who invented the game in the 1930s to the intricacies of individual international competitions and the corporate wars to control the world's favorite word game. He keeps the reader turning the pages as we get involved in the lives of the Scrabble obsessives: men and women who have a point to prove against the world and have chosen Scrabble as their playground and their pulpit. As Fatsis goes on his own quest to attain the coveted 1600 rating, we actually get obsessed with him as he lies awake at night pondering moves and memorizing lists of words. For anybody who is interested in words, Word Freak provides an entertaining and absorbing read. --Dwight Longenecker, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Stefan Fatsis writes about the competitive Scrabble world with a narrative pull that is engaging and fascinating.
I am amazed at how entertaining and informative it is, and I can't believe I just read a whole book about the world of Scrabble and that I couldn't put it down.
I've always loved Scrabble but this book renewed my interest in a game I'd only played at holidays with my family.
I loved this book. Artful writing that flows so well I almost felt I was watching a documentary. The author has an ongoing role in the story and that works effectively too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Kelly
I was worried when I saw the estimated arrival window. It was a big range and the book had to travel cross country. It was going to CA. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ClearwaterG
"Word Freak" is a great coup of educational storytelling. The writing style has drawn me in, and made me curious to check out other books by SF.Published 5 months ago by Mary E Goulet
I first got this book while I was in high school and the idea of Scrabble of an intellectual pursuit as put forth in the original edition was highly fascinating to me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BJ Wanlund
I’d seen the documentary and had been wanting to read Word Freak for some time, so I was pleased when it finally turned up under the Christmas tree. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ed Battistella
Who knew there even was such a thing as professional Scrabble? For enthusiastic amateurs like me (I have the original score cards from games with my father more than 50 years ago),... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jazzmom
This book is the definitive explanation of the world of serious scrabble players. I loved it. I had no idea how intense these people are... Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. J. Dwinnell-Smith
My aunt told me about this book a long time ago. I've been playing scrabble online (words with friends) for a couple weeks now and also a wordseek game on my iphone. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shane Tiernan