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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I just finished reading this book this morning, and I'm going to read it again.
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.
Stefan Fatsis writes about the competitive Scrabble world with a narrative pull that is engaging and fascinating.
This is an entertaining book about the underground and weird world of professional Scrabble. Well worth the read if you like the gamePublished 2 months ago by Gideon Weitzman
I'm a word freak,so I really liked this fascinating glimpse into the world of competitive Scrabble. I haven't dipped my toe into those particular waters, but understand the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah A. Saltus
I liked the book as an examination of obsessive behavior. It might even serve as a warning to players hellbent on becoming experts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kyle A.H.
It's an okay read, but a little outdated with respect to authorized words in the 5th edition of scrabble dictionary.Published 3 months ago by David
Very well crafted, informative and entertaining. I've read this book twice: first, as a very infrequent player; and more recently, as someone who's played a couple hundred games in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JSG
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 10 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 10 months ago by ClearwaterG