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The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) (1978 original; edició 2004)

de Ellen Raskin (Autor)

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The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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Títol:The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)
Autors:Ellen Raskin (Autor)
Informació:Puffin Books (2004), 192 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 339 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I don't know how I missed out on reading The Westing Game a kid. Maybe it just wasn't available at my library which didn't have a lot of contemporary (at the time) books. Reading it as an adult, I didn't even feel like it was a watered-down or dumbed-down version of a mystery for younger readers. Very clever. However, it was published in the 1970s, so there are some outdated phrases or views regarding race and disabilities, such as describing an Asian as "inscrutable" or Mongoloid instead of Downs Syndrome. In spite of this, an enjoyable read and Turtle is definitely a memorable character. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Mar 13, 2024 |
I barely remember reading this when I was a kid, but my 11 year old just finished it for school and raves about it, so, 5 stars! ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
"The Westing Game" is like a 1970s middle-grade novel version of "Knives Out" with a splash of "Mr. Limoncello's Library" - and is so charmingly clever! There is so much that builds a great atmosphere here: the sprawling cast of quirky characters; the Halloween-into-winter setting; the word puzzles and clues that (while tricky) are still solvable by the reader; good old fashioned red herrings; and just this great vein of whimsy that runs through the story. It's goofy at times, but never panders to the audience. It's piled with characters, clues, and facts, but never unnecessarily cluttered. Every word counts and feels important here. If I had read this as a kid my Agatha Christie-loving self would have made it a personality trait.
I think really the only weakness is simply the books datedness, specifically in terms of how Raskin writes about disability. One character has a physical disability that is discussed in fairly ableist terms. Another character works to "cure" the disabled character, and a line near the end mentions future family members hesitating to have their own kids in case the disability is passed on.
Despite that, I think the book has a lot to enjoy, especially if you're someone who likes puzzle-y books with plenty of layers and characters. This is the perfect time of year to read "The Westing Game" and try and solve the mystery! ( )
1 vota deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
This is a weird book. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
Reading this for maybe the tenth time (the first nine times were during my childhood), I was struck by a few things:

1. This book still rocks my socks off.

2. The 1970s is long enough ago that there were a few cringers. For example, "She had a retarded daughter...a Mongoloid child." And, "Proud of her liberalism, Grace Windsor Wexler stood and leaned over the table to shake the black woman's hand." These are not deal-breakers, but they take some historical context explaining.

3. 16 characters and 16 pieces on a chess board! The chess theme was not apparent to me as a kid, but it's was glaringly obvious this time. You've got to anticipate your opponents' moves.

4. I totally thought the Wexlers and the Hoos were headed towards a wife-swap situation. Grace Wexler starts calling James Hoo "Jimmy" and Jake Wexler eats at the Hoo's restaurant every day and helps Sun Lin learn English. It really seemed like they were with the wrong people, right? There's a grown-up reading of a kid's book for you.

5. Berthe Crow is really very truly creepy. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
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The book seems to suggest that the real American inheritance is transformation, and that American transformation is a mercurial thing.
afegit per g33kgrrl | editaThe New Yorker, Jia Tolentino (Jun 13, 2019)
 
afegit per g33kgrrl | editaPublic Books, Nicholas Dames (Jul 4, 2018)
 
Ultimately, although the story is an exciting who-done-it, the emphasis on the ‘who’ is what keeps readers coming back. The characters make the story interesting, and they make the reader think, and that is exactly what a powerful book should do.
 
If Raskin's crazy ingenuity has threatened to run away with her on previous occasions, here the complicated game is always perfectly meshed with character and story. Confoundingly clever, and very funny.
 

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Ellen Raskinautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Durell, AnnIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Summerer, Eric MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Woodman, JeffNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!
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Remember: It is not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts.
A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake.
Purple waves.
“Take stock in America, my heirs, and sing in praise of this generous land. You, too, may strike it rich who dares to play the Westing game.”
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