On Snooker: The Game and the Characters Who Play It

Mordecai Richler, Author
Mordecai Richler, Author Lyons Press $22.95 (214p) ISBN 978-1-58574-179-3
Reviewed on: 08/01/2001
Release date: 08/01/2001
Hardcover - 200 pages - 978-0-224-06150-6
Ebook - 224 pages - 978-0-307-37100-3
Hardcover - 194 pages - 978-0-224-06149-0
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Renowned novelist and lifelong snooker devotee Mordechai Richler (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz) presents On Snooker, a study of the game's history, development and major players, as well as a lively and amusing personal narrative. Richler's book covers more than a century: from snooker's 1875 inception, as a pastime for British soldiers in India, to its later naming the word is a corruption of the French word for cadet (neux), which derived from its founders' observation that they were all beginners at the game to the author's own covert teenage snooker obsession and hustling endeavors in Montreal. This sports-history-cum-memoir, part of which will be published in the New Yorker, should delight both Richler fans and game enthusiasts. ( July)
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