Fred Waitzkin was smitten by chess during the historic Fischer-Spassky championship in 1972. When Fischer disappeared from public view, Waitzkin’s interest waned—until his own son, Josh, emerged as a chess prodigy.
Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzkin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin’s dreams for his son.
©1988 Fred Waitzkin (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Superb….narrator Lloyd James…so fully inhabits the first-person narrative that he turns the book into a disturbing and fascinating character study." (AudioFile)
This is a good book which served as the basis of a very good film. The story of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin and his father is a natural for anyone interested in chess and is a must read for anyone involved with children's competitive sports. See the movie as well. Lloyd James does a good enough job, but the editing is a bit spotty, some sentences unfinished and others repeated. Not a serious distraction, though
The book is incomplete, and I tried downloading it in different formats with consistent results. The first five chapters are fine. Chapters 6, 7, and 8 are each truncated. I haven't checked the remaining chapters to see if the problem is present in the rest of the book; with that much material missing, there's really no point, since I have no more intention of listening to half a book than I would of trying to read a book which had several gaps of missing pages. This is completely unacceptable, and I'll certainly think twice before buying from Audible.com again.
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