Book Suggestions - IV
Bridge literature can be technical and instructive, but it can also be fun. Some of the most amusing and fun books I have ever read (note that I did not say "bridge books") are presented below
There are many funny bridge authors in the business. Eddie Kantar will get a blog entry of his own in the near future. For now I will focus on two British classic humorous series. (The books shown here are in no particular order -- browse the web to know about other volumes in each series).
The characters created by Victor Mollo are probably the most famous (fictional) bridge players ever. The Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl (Chief Kibitzer), the Secretary Bird... we have all met them in real life. The star of the cast, of course, is the Hideous Hog. If you don't know what I am talking about, get one of these books and get ready for a treat.
Terence Reese is, of course, celebrated as a master bridge author, and he wrote books that are on the short list of the Top Ten ever. We will look at a few of them later. Now it is as the co-author of the Monks of St. Titus Series (along with David Bird) that he is showcased below. The personalities of the monks in this fun series is fully believable -- who hasn't met the Abbot? -- and the deals are full of gems. My favorite character is the Witch Doctor -- you'll have to read the books to know about him.
Don't be fooled by the "Intermediate" label -- some hands are quite difficult. But regardless of your skill level, these books are full of great wit, are easy to follow, and you can read them for fun as much as for instruction.
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