Goodreads Chess Story Stefan Zweig

http://Chess StoryChess Story by Stefan Zweig
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Apparently Stefan Zweig’s writings had inspired the making of The Grand Hotel Budapest; a film that I thoroughly enjoyed. As a result I bought a number of Zweig’s books expecting to read works in the same genre of the film which turned not to be the case. A Chess Story was the first I read and an interesting work of psychological insight that after reading the books, is very much the style of Zweig. This particular book relates the story of a young un-educated peasant boy, not a particularly pleasant personality and limited social skills who has one gift; that of playing chess. At an early age he achieves the status of world chess champion. The thrust of the story evolves around the build up to a chess game with a mysterious passenger on a ocean voyage from New York to Argentina. Certainly not what I had expected but all the same an enjoyable book with insights into human nature.

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