Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Players
Scrabble may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is... show more
Scrabble may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is life-playing competitively in tournaments across the country. It is also the story of how the Scrabble game was invented by an unemployed architect during the Great Depression and how it has grown into the hugely successful, challenging, and beloved game it is today. Along the way, Fatsis chronicles his own obsession with the game and his development as a player from novice to expert. More than a book about hardcore Scrabble players, Word Freak is also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and the mind that celebrates the uncanny creative powers in us all. A Book Sense 76 pick.
Publish date: July 30th 2002
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
, Sports And Games
I enjoyed Word Freak while I was reading it, mostly because I'm a language-nerd-wannabe. It was interesting enough, and I enjoyed watching Fatsis become more and more involved in the world of professional Scrabble. Plus, I picked up some excellent words to use when I play.In retrospect, the book as ...
Although it provides fascinating insight into the world of competitive Scrabble, this book also reminded me that what I dislike about Scrabble is the lack of context for words. I like using words and knowing what they mean; Scrabble involves only memorizing particular patterns of letters. As point...
I lingered over this bookfor days. I didn't wantto stop reading aboutScrabble and Scrabblecrazed fanatics.
I always enjoy reading about someone who is obsessed with something that doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. So, while I enjoy the occasional game of Scrabble, and will never forget the time the spouse but down "quahogs" on a triple word score, memorizing lists of words is not for me. Fortunate...