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The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

– tekijä: Colson Whitehead

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"In THE NOBLE HUSTLE Colson Whitehead does for participatory journalism what he did for zombie novels in ZONE ONE: Take one literary genius, add $10,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker, and stir. On one level, Colson Whitehead's THE NOBLE HUSTLE is a familiar species of participatory journalism - a longtime neighborhood poker player, Colson was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online ESPN offshoot Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker. But since it stems from the astonishing mind of Colson Whitehead (MacArthur Award-endorsed!), the book is a brilliant, hilarious, weirdly profound and ultimately moving portrayal of - yes, it sounds overblown and ridiculous, but really! - the human condition"--… (lisätietoja)
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Noble Hustle
Author: Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Doubleday
Publishing Date: 2014
Pgs: 234
Dewey: 795.412 WHI
Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX
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REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The author self describes this book as “Eat, Pray, Love” for depressed shut-ins. A participatory journalism piece that grew into a treatiste on life. A magazine sponsored him into the World Series of Poker. So, he took his weekly small game skills and practiced, got some coaching, and took his shot at the big time. Brilliant, hillarious, profound, moving, overblown, and ridiculous...and clever, incredibly clever.

All praise the Republic of Anhedonia in all of her meh and pfft glory.
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Genre:
Poker
Biographies
Humor
Essays
Philosophy
Life
Gambling
Strategy

Why this book:
Poker.
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Favorite Scene / Quote/Concept:
Anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. Wow. Taht’s those people we’ve all met who are dead inside. Of course, sometimes, that’s all of us. Me...sometimes that’s me.

Win or die, the growing blinds are sweeping around the table like a tidal wave that grows on each turn.

Republic of Anhedonia...once you go bleak, you never go back.

Hmm Moments:
Poker face dynamics...and genetics. Plus odds, M-theory, and four-betting, gotta protect your blind when you’re already in the pot.

His depiction of stereotypes he’s played poker with...damn...I’ve played cards and/or rolled dice with most of those people. Wow! “Iggy Pop take a look at these guys and says, “Wow, he’s really let himself go.””

The Sigh:
No Fold ‘Em, Hold ‘Em...never heard the term, but I’ve played those games.

Wisdom:
I’m a fool. I read this whole book thinking it was about poker. It’s about life. It’s about the daily grind. It’s about being a little depressed...a little out of touch. It’s about hope buried in the mythical land of Anhedonia. And it’s about buried treasure. Life is a game of cards, are you All-In? I haven’t been All-In in a long damned time. I don’t know what’s on the other side of Anhedonia, but I’ve been living there for nigh on 20 years. Heimdall just yelled “Wake up!” at me in an Anhedonian accent.

Juxtaposition:

The Unexpected:
And then, he hits the reader with the 2 paragraph denouement. The “you know what, forget it.” No, I don’t think I will.

Missed Opportunity:
Letting the story be the story without robbing it of it’s thunder. This is a repeating motiff in Whitehead’s writing.
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Author Assessment:
The writing is clever. How clever? Clever enough that this is my 3rd Colson Whitehead book in a row. First one the story didn’t catch me. Second, the ending threw what was a solid 4 stars into 2 ½ star range. And here we are, third time's the charm.
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  texascheeseman | Nov 12, 2019 |
The writing is delicious even if the entire enterprise never really achieves any kind of urgency or rises beyond its roots as an extended magazine article. Also, Colson Whitehead is a furious namedropper! Who knew? We get poker coach and author [a:Helen Ellis|183538|Helen Ellis|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1309262438p2/183538.jpg], college buddy Darren Aronofsky and other assorted slebs casually dropped into the narrative. But it's all good. There's plenty of room for them because it's a bit thin anyway. Probably not the book I should have chosen after the triumph of The Underground Railroad. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
I don't even remember the rules of poker, or particularly like it, but he's just so witty it's fun! ( )
  nheredia05 | Jun 12, 2018 |
Snoozefest. You have probably heard of Whitehead from his book 'The Underground Railroad.' That book didn't interest me but I had heard amusing bits about this book of his (which is non-fiction). It sounded funny and interesting so I thought, why not?
 
Whitehead is sent by Grantland to cover the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Even though he has never played before. So the book details his training, the world of poker, the people who play poker and what it's like trying to balance this project with raising his child.
 
It sounded interesting. It was supposedly really funny.
 
I'm not sure what book I read. I've never cared for books by journalists but this was just not interesting at all. It read a bit like a great big inside joke (if you know Whitehead, if you're familiar with the world of poker then this all makes sense sort of deal). Very little was interesting. I'll admit to not knowing much about poker (played for fun as a kid and occasionally play video versions for fun) but I just didn't understand the hype.
 
Quite a few reviewers said the writing was good but I disagree. Again, it may be because I'm not familiar with the world of poker but his descriptions of the people, the places, the game, etc. all made my eyes want to fall out of my head. The only bits that were even remotely interesting are the places where he talks about his daughter and the balance of trying to be a good parent in the midst of also trying to do his job and participate in this huge event.
 
As you can guess this was a no go for me. Doesn't make me want to try his 'Underground' either but hopefully either/both of those books are for someone else. Library if you're interested. Might be a good gift for the poker aficionado(s) if your life.  ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Full disclosure: I only read this book because I wanted to read something by Whitehead, who's been on my wishlist forever. Neither Zone One nor Underground Railroad were available at the library, so I snagged this one, which is a memoirish account of his experience playing in the World Series of Poker a few years ago. It was my first Whitehead, but it won't be my last. I learned that he is a marvelous writer, dexterous with language in ways that are both witty and thoughtful. The book and subject are rather slight and not really my bag, since I have never played a hand of poker in my life, but I still enjoyed his tale and look forward to reading another of his books with a little more meat on its bones. ( )
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"In THE NOBLE HUSTLE Colson Whitehead does for participatory journalism what he did for zombie novels in ZONE ONE: Take one literary genius, add $10,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker, and stir. On one level, Colson Whitehead's THE NOBLE HUSTLE is a familiar species of participatory journalism - a longtime neighborhood poker player, Colson was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online ESPN offshoot Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker. But since it stems from the astonishing mind of Colson Whitehead (MacArthur Award-endorsed!), the book is a brilliant, hilarious, weirdly profound and ultimately moving portrayal of - yes, it sounds overblown and ridiculous, but really! - the human condition"--

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