The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis

The Queen's Gambit

Walter Tevis

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243 pages | first published 1983

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Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in ...
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Moods

tense 51%
inspiring 48%
emotional 44%
dark 36%
reflective 34%
challenging 24%
adventurous 19%
hopeful 19%
informative 17%
sad 16%
mysterious 6%
funny 4%
lighthearted 3%
relaxing 3%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 33%
slow 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 57% | A mix: 33% | Plot: 8% | N/A: 0%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 6% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 12% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 50% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

4.08