The Hustler

By Walter Tevis

When it used to be first released in 1959, The Hustler used to be the first—and the best—novel written approximately billiards within the 400-year background of the sport. The e-book fast received a revered readership and later an viewers for the motion picture with an identical identify starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. The Hustler is set the victories and losses of 1 "Fast" Eddie Felson, a poolroom hustler who travels from city to city conning strangers into considering they can beat him on the video game while actually, he's a skillful participant who hasn't ever misplaced a online game. until eventually he meets his fit in Minnesota fat, the real king of the poolroom, inflicting his existence to alter greatly. this can be a vintage story of a man's fight together with his soul and his vainness. "If Hemingway had the fervour for pool that he had for bullfighting, his hero could have been Eddie Felson."—Time "A really good hymn to the final precise period whilst males of substance performed pool with a vengeance."—Time Out

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