The Hustler: From the Author of the Queen's Gambit - Now a Major Netflix Drama

By Walter Tevis
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"The Hustler" by Walter Tevis is a gripping and gritty novel that delves deep into the world of pool hustling. Set in the mid-20th century, it tells the story of Eddie Felson, a young and talented pool player who is determined to prove his skills against the best.

Eddie's ambition and reckless nature lead him to challenge Minnesota Fats, the legendary and undefeated pool player. Their epic battle begins, and Eddie quickly realizes that pool isn't just about skill—it's about survival.

As Eddie navigates the cutthroat hustle scene, he becomes ensnared in a dangerous web of money, addiction, and manipulation. Along the way, he encounters Sarah Packard, a troubled alcoholic who becomes his love interest and a source of emotional support.

Driven by his desire to dethrone Minnesota Fats and rise to the top, Eddie makes countless sacrifices and learns harsh lessons about life and the consequences of his actions. Yet, he remains relentlessly determined to conquer both the pool table and himself.

Tevis's masterful storytelling creates a poetic and immersive experience that explores themes of ambition, integrity, and self-discovery. With its raw and authentic portrayal of the underworld of pool hustling, "The Hustler" is a timeless classic that continues to captivate readers with its gripping narrative and poignant character development.
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