This is really a fun book to read. Even though it is long, and even though it is about a very intellectual game with which I have only the slightest acquaintance, the writing keeps it interesting. I don’t know how it is done, but good writing is something behind the scenes you don’t notice. You get caught up in the story and don’t see the writing for the story. I was amazed at how the entire life of a person who was absorbed by chess was described without the use of technical chess terms. I really didn’t miss anything because of my lack of knowledge about chess. Between Bobby Fischer being fascinating and the author being able to evoke a clear image of him, the book builds in excitement throughout. By the end, I could hardly wait until I had some time to read more of it.