For many, Scrabble is merely a board game. For others it is an intellectual pilgrimage, a balancing act between language and mathematics, simultaneously joyful and frustrating. In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis charts the history and theory of the game alongside his own rise from living room player to competitive shark, and affords us a glimpse into the extraordinary world of the brilliant geeks and misfit savants who populate the highest ranks of the game. In an effort to understand the depth of obsession plumbed by the players, Fatsis meets experts in neuro-chemistry, memory, linguistics and probability, as well as those players who form Scrabble's darker underworld. Witty and profound, Word Freak is about sports and competition, the human mind and its interior workings, drive, desire and loneliness. And huge lists of words with no meaning at all.
Hardback and dust jacket are in very good condition.