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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl

The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl

Написано Tim Crothers

Озвучено Robin Miles


The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl

Написано Tim Crothers

Озвучено Robin Miles

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4.5/5 (10 оценки)
Длина:
7 часов
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Издано:
9 окт. 2012 г.
ISBN:
9781442356115
Формат:
Аудиокнига

Описание

Based on a popular ESPN Magazine article—optioned by Disney films, a finalist for a National Magazine Award and chosen by Dave Eggers for inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011—the astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who—inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary—becomes an international chess champion.

Phiona Mutesi sleeps in a decrepit shack with her mother and four siblings and struggles to find a single meal each day. Phiona has been in and out of school her whole life because her mother cannot afford it, so she is only now learning to read and write. Phiona Mutesi is also one of the best chess players in the world.

One day in 2005, while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende, another child of the Ugandan slums, who works for an American organization that offers relief and religion through sports. Robert introduced Phiona to the game of chess and soon recognized her immense talent. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country's junior chess champion and at fifteen, her country's national champion. In September of 2010 she traveled to Siberia, just her second time ever on an airplane, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world's most prestigious team chess event.

Phiona's dream is to one day become a grandmaster, the most elite title in chess, and to blaze a trail out of Katwe that other children in Robert's chess community can follow. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable countries, a place where girls are taught to be mothers, not dreamers, and the threats of AIDS, kidnapping, and starvation loom over the people of Katwe.

Acclaimed sports journalist Tim Crothers has written a riveting and inspiring account of one girl's improbable journey to becoming a chess champion. The Queen of Katwe will thrill every listener who loves a great underdog story.

A Simon & Schuster audio production.

Издатель:
Издано:
9 окт. 2012 г.
ISBN:
9781442356115
Формат:
Аудиокнига

Об авторе

Tim Crothers is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 and has lectured in the university's journalism department for the last seven years. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court with Roy Williams.


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  • (3/5)
    The story of Phionia Mutesi is absolutely as astonishing and incredible as the blurbs on the cover promise. The first 9 chapters of this book were difficult to put down. I needed to learn how this young woman managed to master such a difficult game. But the last 2 chapters were unfortunately a bit tedious, explaining what we already knew by then -- that this girl faced immensely difficult hurdles, and that she dreamed of continuing her journey, despite those hurdles. The contents of these chapters would have been better sprinkled through the others.
  • (3/5)
    "Phiona Mutesi is the ultimate underdog. To be African is to be an underdog in the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. To be a girl is to be an underdog in Katwe." -Tim Crothers
  • (4/5)
    Phiona Mutesi's story is astonishing and inspiring. It was the choice of our neighborhood reading group, and I'm so glad to have read it! Even though I've lived overseas and saw much poverty, it was not so bad as what Phiona and the other children in her Ugandan slum have experienced. I hope the book and movie will draw attention to these children who for all they don't have, including often even one meal a day, do have grit, promise, the ability to rise to challenge, survival skills, intelligence and desire to learn, and now even the luxury of dreaming of someday having a better life. These kids need sponsors and financial backing. Their mentor, who also came out of direst poverty, has invested his life so well for their sakes. The book was chosen partly because it is by a local author, and isn't particularly well written, but the power and drama and hope of the story carries it right along. A book that should, and I hope will, be read by many!
  • (3/5)
    Very interesting to see the living conditions and culture in Africa.
  • (4/5)
    It is impossible to describe The Queen or Katwe without using the word inspiring. No wonder they are making a Disney movie about Phiona Mutesi, a nine-year-old Ugandan girl living in the Katwe slum who became a world chess champion by the time she was 18. It that doesn't inspire, nothing does. This is a terrific read for anyone and a particularly good choice for a graduation gift.
  • (5/5)
    This is not a rags to riches story although it is a success story. The author states that Katwe is the poorest slum in the world. His staggering description of poverty certainly supports that. Crothers account begins with Katwe's beginnings, Phiona's family and forebears, and covers typlcal life in this vast slum. It is heartbreaking and at the same time inspiring. When twelve-year-old Phiona Mutesi went to a mission hoping for food, she learned to play chess, tutored by a four-year-old girl. Her success opened doors but it was a tough road. At first the chess organization in Uganda refused to let her compete in tournaments because of where she lived, her poor clothing, her lack of education. Later they saw her as one of the few champions capable of getting Uganda on the sports map of the world. There are so few sports successes that a number of Ugandans are even looking back fondly at the days of Idi Amin when the whole world knew Uganda. Phiona's first tournament meant her first ride in a car, her first time out of Katwe; later, her first flight, her first time in a hotel provided another first - sleeping in a bed. After all her success she returned to live with her mother and siblings in a shack in Katwe. She still eats only once per day, if she's lucky. There is still no choice.Even though the book is not particularly well-written, my heart goes out to the children of Katwe and to Phiona. I will never forget her. For that reason I'm giving it five stars.
  • (5/5)
    Book Title: "The Queen of Katwe”Author: Tim CrothersPublished By: ScribnerAge Recommended: 17+Reviewed By: Kitty BullardRaven Rating: 5Review: This non-fiction novel is a true gem. The telling of this amazingly powerful story will bring tears to yor eyes. There is an abundance of inspiration in this novel that makes everyone want to stand up and cheer. Phiona Mutesi’s story to rise above is one you won’t soon forget!
  • (5/5)
    Book Title: "The Queen of Katwe?Author: Tim CrothersPublished By: ScribnerAge Recommended: 17+Reviewed By: Kitty BullardRaven Rating: 5Review: This non-fiction novel is a true gem. The telling of this amazingly powerful story will bring tears to yor eyes. There is an abundance of inspiration in this novel that makes everyone want to stand up and cheer. Phiona Mutesi?s story to rise above is one you won?t soon forget!
  • (3/5)
    The author is a former Sports Illustrated writer; the main character is a child who lives in a slum of Uganda filled with poverty, AIDS, and destitution- with no knowledge of the world beyond. By chance, Phiona develops an interest in Chess and takes her to international competitions and fame as she competes in the Chess Olympiad in Sudan, and Russia. Fascinating story!
  • (5/5)
    Phiona lives in Katwe, Uganda ? a slum where floods bring raw sewage inside people?s shacks, electricity is too expensive for most residents, and women are valued for sex and childcare. This is where one of the best chess players in the world lives. Phiona is able to help support her family with the money she earns playing chess, but despite her success she still lives in the Katwe. She dreams of ?living in a home where all the suffering, all the challenges we have been through would be over.? This is an inspiring story of a young woman?s triumph!