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The Rubáiyát of Bridge   By: (1862-1942)

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The Rubáiyát of Bridge by Carolyn Wells is a delightful and engaging novel that combines elements of mystery, romance, and humor. Set in the picturesque town of Bridgeville, the story follows the experiences of a group of friends who gather regularly to play bridge, but soon find themselves embroiled in a series of unexpected events.

Wells has masterfully woven together a gripping plot, filled with twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats. From the very first page, I was drawn into the lives of the lively and eccentric characters, each with their own unique quirks and personalities. The author's vivid descriptions and clever dialogue paint a vivid picture of the small town and its inhabitants, making them feel like old friends.

One of the standout elements of this novel is the way Carolyn Wells seamlessly integrates the game of bridge into the story. The author's love for this strategic card game shines through, as she deftly incorporates it into the various plotlines. This adds an extra layer of excitement and intrigue, as the characters' bridge games become high-stakes affairs that mirror their personal struggles and ambitions.

What sets The Rubáiyát of Bridge apart is its delightful blend of genres. While this novel can be considered a mystery, it also boasts a strong romantic subplot that adds depth and emotion to the story. Wells excels at crafting complex relationships and exploring the intricacies of human nature, making the romantic elements feel genuine and heartfelt.

Furthermore, the novel is infused with humor that had me chuckling throughout. Wells has a knack for comedic timing, and her witty observations and playful banter between the characters had me in stitches. This skillful balance of levity and suspense makes for an enjoyable and memorable reading experience.

My only complaint about The Rubáiyát of Bridge is its pacing. While the majority of the novel moves at a brisk pace, there are a few sections that felt slower and less engaging. However, this minor flaw is easily overlooked in the grand scheme of things, as the overall narrative more than makes up for it.

In conclusion, The Rubáiyát of Bridge is a charming and captivating novel that seamlessly combines mystery, romance, and humor. Carolyn Wells' skillful storytelling and vivid characterizations make this a must-read for fans of all genres. Whether you're a lover of bridge or just looking for an entertaining and engaging story, this book is sure to satisfy.

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The Rubáiyát of Bridge







Copyright, 1909, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published April, 1909.

Printed in the United States of America.

The Rubáiyát of BRIDGE

[Illustration: ALL'S LOST SAVE HONORS]

Now the new Rubber rousing new Desires, The Thoughtful Soul to Doubling Hearts aspires. =When the Red Hand of Dummy is laid down, And even Hope of the Odd Trick expires!


Ah, make the Most of what We yet may Take, Before we lose the Lead, and let Them make =Trick after Trick! While we throw down High Cards, Sans Lead, sans Score, sans Honor, and sans Stake!


A Book of Bridge Rules underneath the Bough, A Score Card, Two new Packs of Cards, and Thou =With Two Good Players sitting opposite, Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!


The Card no Question makes of ayes or noes, But High or Low, as suits the Player shows; =But he who Stands Beside you, Looking On, He knows about it all! He Knows!! He Knows!!!


I sometimes think there's never such Tirade As where some Bridge Game has been badly Played... Continue reading book >>

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