The Hustler

The Hustler To Fast Eddie Felsen a pool hustler there was only one thing that mattered to make the big time and the big money in the world of pool by beating the best in the country Hustling suckers in small to

  • Title: The Hustler
  • Author: Walter Tevis Lionel Shriver
  • ISBN: 9780141190365
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • To Fast Eddie Felsen, a pool hustler, there was only one thing that mattered to make the big time and the big money in the world of pool by beating the best in the country Hustling suckers in small towns for good stake money was practice for his goal and when he felt ready he went to Bennington s pool hall in Chicago to look for Minnesota Fats.

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    1. Walter Tevis Lionel Shriver

      Walter Stone Tevis was an American novelist and short story writer Three of his six novels were adapted into major films The Hustler, The Color of Money and The Man Who Fell to Earth His books have been translated into at least 18 languages.

    846 thoughts on “The Hustler”

    1. “When the bottles hit they tinkled and jangled noisily; but Eddie did not hear them because of the overriding - yet distant, detached, far-off - sound of his own screaming.”I saw The Hustler for the first time recently, I love the atmosphere and the mood that drifts from nihilism to hope, Paul Newman struggling with the anger and hatred inside of himself in between long silent brooding takes. And I knew within the first chapter of reading the words of Walter Tevis that all of it stemmed from [...]


    2. The Hustler is pretty close to perfect. And better for your morale than a half-dozen self help books, chased with a handful of Xanax. When I started reading it I had twenty dollars to my name, now I have five (the book wasn't free), and all the secrets to the universe."It's always nice to feel the risks fall off your back. And winning; that can be heavy on your back too, like a monkey. You drop that load too when you find yourself an excuse. Then, afterward, all you got to do is learn to feel so [...]


    3. so far i've read three walter tevis books: this, Mockingbird, and The Man Who Fell to Earth, and i don't think there's been a word out of place in any of them. incredible.


    4. Carole Morin, author of Spying on Strange Men, reviews the fiction of Walter TevisPaul Newman was told he wasn't sexy enough to be an actor. A rich man's son, he didn't have the street cred of Brando and Dean who studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio around the same time.His performance in The Hustler makes a mockery of Strasberg's judgment. The Hustler, Walter Tevis' first novel, is exceptional not only in being a brilliant book but the movie based on it is also great. Three of Tevis's 4 no [...]


    5. Estuve a punto de dejarlo un par de veces y no por malo o por lento, sino porque me parecía que la película estaba tan bien adaptada que no me aportaba nada nuevo. Pero afortunadamente no lo hice y fué en el último cuarto del libro en el que los argumentos divergen. Distintos finales para una misma historia (una gran historia). No sabría decir cual de los dos es mejor. Pero si, que el de la novela es menos dramático y más acorde al desarrollo del personaje. Es la segunda novela que leo de [...]


    6. che dire se lo scrittore riesce a tenere incollato il lettore al suo romanzo parlando di biliardo poi ovviamente c'è molto di più tra i personaggi riuscitissimi e le ambientazioni che non chiedono di meglio che essere messe in scena ( film del 1961 con Paul Newman). Lo metto tra i preferiti.


    7. An absolutely perfect novel. Tevis is a writer who makes me go "Holy shit, did you fucking see what he just did there? That was bad-to-the-ass!" Seriously, a textbook about how to write a perfect novel. I read it in three hours.


    8. You probably know the story of “The Hustler” from the 1961 Paul Newman movie of the same name. It’s the tale of small time pool hustler Eddie Felson who wants to move from the small time to the big time by playing the best pool player, Minnesota Fats. He loses to Fats, falls for a woman, gets his thumbs broken, is taught how to win by gambler Bert, and has a rematch with Fats. It’s all there, the pleasure comes in the prose of Tevis’ writing.The prose is sepia tinged as it should be fo [...]


    9. Loved this. Loved it. The perfect antidote to the last five. The story of Fast Eddie's attempt to become the greatest pool player in America, a hill that he must climb over the corpse of Minnesota Fats (the names, right? The Names!) Fast, sharply written, a meditation on, basically, the Will to Power as expressed over a pool table. The character sketches are divine, I spent a lot of time reading it and laughing loudly in bars. Definitely check this out.


    10. For some reason that I'm not aware of at the time of purchase, I've only been reading first novels these days. First, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, followed by Less Than Zero, on to The Secret History and finally this one, Tevis's first, inspired by his working at a poolhall. I'm not sure why I've been subconsciously doing this, but it must mean something. And all in all, every work is about as different in every way as possible, as just as good as the next.I have to agree with a former reviewer [...]


    11. From a pool players perspective (and I have played competitively for over 15 years) this book has amazing insight into the mind of a player. I enjoyed it immensely as well as the follow-up "The Color of Money". This one is a little different from the movie version (less about the love story and more about the game), while the later bares no resemblance to the book other than the title.I think you can enjoy them both even if you don't play pool, even more so if you have ever competed at any sport [...]


    12. Ok, I hate pool, see? My Dad hustled pool and we ended up with mysterious appliances that he said "fell off of a truck". And a lot of Keebler's cookies. But I digress: Walter Tevis is a genius novellist. Every word so precisely chosen, so put in just the right place, the plot effortless and the dialogue just perfect. Characters? Don't even get me started.


    13. "I've heard that pool can be a dirty game," she said.He put the comb back in his pocket."People say that," he said. "I've heard people say that myself.""You're being comical," she said, trying to make her voice sound dry. And then, "Is it dirty?" "yes, it's dirty." He felt of his face, which needed a shave. "Anyway you look at it, it's dirty.""It was like a whorehouse Saturday night and payday in the mines; the day the war was over and Christmas. He could feel his palms sweating for the weight o [...]


    14. Tevis's first novel only just merits 4 stars, as it suffers from the same problem as his own 'Mockingbird' - a good premise, a great first half, then a gentle but noticeable decline in quality. Tevis's writing here is mostly very fine, but it's almost as if he couldn't keep his enthusiasm from sagging midway through the process. The careful development and attention to detail that characterise the first 100 pages gives way to a rushed and underdeveloped summing-up. The climatic contest between E [...]


    15. او حقیقت بازی را دریافته بود و آن؛ چیزی نبود جز دانستن هدف بازی. پیروزی، شکست دادن حریف.عشق به بازی، عشق به هنری است که از طریق آن، زندگی می کنی. باید بخواهی پیروز شوی، بدون بهانه و فریب خودت. تنها در این صورت است که حق داری به بازی خود، عشق بورزی.نیاز به پیروزی، در کل زندگی وجود د [...]


    16. Absolutely the quintessential novel about pool and the pool once hustler, written in its heyday. Gritty prose typical of the era. Great ending. Once I started, I did not want to put it down - Read it in under four hours.I think I saw the movie some fifty years ago that starred Jackie Gleason. I do not think I saw the sequel, "The Color of Money." As both are considered "classics," I gotta checked them out too.For those who yearn for the America of the 1950s, here's a sample, about the anti-hero, [...]


    17. Though I've never seen the film adaptation of The Hustler, I suspect (or at least hope) it's considerably better than the book. The story is somewhat interesting, but all of the characters are fairly one-dimensional and I really disliked the protagonist. The writing style is very spare, somewhat like Steinbeck or Hemingway, but not nearly of that caliber. At very rare moments, it has the almost poetic feel of good Hemingway, but it's, mostly unremarkable or even bad. The author seems to be more [...]


    18. No vi la película original, aunque sí la secuela El Color del Dinero y después de más de diez años, he leído el libro primario. No puedo decir más que, aun teniendo ciertas reservas al comienzo –billares y buscavidas no me entusiasman demasiado -, he dado con un libro repleto de referencias y sobre todo, aceptadas críticas, no solamente al mundo al cual se dirige. No. También a la sociedad en general. Una forma de ‘far west’ de los años 50-60 en el que se intercalan realidades y [...]


    19. A classic by an under-recognized writer. Makes me want to investigate more of Tevis. A truly American story about a man trying to invent himself--'to think of himself as an insurance salesman or a shoe clerk would have been only absurd'--driving across America's open spaces, living outside the law, but within his own code of honor. And where does he end up? Not too far away from the insurance salesman and the shoe clerk: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." 'The Great Gatsby' placed in The [...]


    20. This is one of my favorite movies but I had never read the book. Walter Tevis had a remarkable understanding of how pool hustling worked. I would recommend reading this even if you have seen the movie because there are many details in the book that will enrich your understanding of what motivated Fast Eddie Felson. Except for a few dated references, this is a story that could be told in a modern setting with very little change to the plot.


    21. Can't believe I haven't read this until now. I've always loved the movie, and I've had a swell pocket-sized Dell paperback of the book hanging around for about fifteen years. Finally picked it up two days ago and tore through it. A perfect, beautiful little novel. Loaded with great characters, but Sarah, the alcoholic grad student, might be my favorite--She has a picture of a sad clown up on her wall and that's tough to top.


    22. The Hustler explores the dingy, low class world of the American pool hall with a minimalist style that reminded me of John Fante. Tevis delves into psyche of a sport where money and self worth are intertwined. Beautiful drawn and seedy characters litter the pages in-between poetic descriptions of pool. I was hustled into giving this book 5 stars.


    23. What a fantastic book. I'd read the Color of Money first and had to read this one too. Atmospheric, gritty and brought the tables and poolrooms to life. I know why the likes of the mighty Lawrence Block enjoyed his books. Just a shame there aren't that many.



    24. Excellent book. The hardest decision to make is in deciding which story has more pathos; in the film she dies, in the book she lives on as a lush.




    25. Creme de la creme of pool books. You know you're a pool player when you can't even read 10 pages without putting it down and running to the nearest pool hall.


    26. When ambitious Fast Eddie Felson rolls into Chicago his one aim is to beat one of the top pool players at Benningtons namely Minnesota Fats. But in this classic novel by Walter Tevis the young pool hustler goes through a kind of personal hell to reach his journey’s end. At his lowest point he meets the tragic, noble Sarah and their rocky relationship is the cornerstone of the novel counterpointing the many scenes of pool games with a strong sense of emotion. Although overshadowed by the classi [...]


    27. A well-crafted, concise book that imparts more wisdom than it lets on. The story is essentially a thesis on winning. What is winning? Why do some win and others don’t? In my view, the author presents winning as a standalone universal concept in of itself. It is not a byproduct of passion, or strategy, or even action. Winning is its own religion, and only those who worship might ever grasp nirvana. To win at the highest level, one must obsess over victory for its own sake. To lose is the defaul [...]


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