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By Stefan Fatsis

ISBN-10: 0142002267

ISBN-13: 9780142002261

Scrabble can be actually referred to as America's online game. yet for each crew of "living-room players" there's a person who's "at one with the board." In notice Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to these few, exploring the underground international of colourful characters for which the Scrabble video game is life-playing competitively in tournaments around the kingdom. it's also the tale of ways the Scrabble online game used to be invented through an unemployed architect through the nice melancholy and the way it has grown into the highly profitable, demanding, and cherished video game it truly is at the present time. alongside the way in which, Fatsis chronicles his personal obsession with the sport and his improvement as a participant from beginner to specialist. greater than a publication approximately hardcore Scrabble gamers, be aware Freak is additionally an exam of notions of brilliance, reminiscence, language, pageant, and the brain that celebrates the uncanny inventive powers in us all.

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