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The Westing Game (1978)

af Ellen Raskin

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The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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 The Green Dragon: JULY - SPOILERS - The Westing Game3 ulæste / 3Sakerfalcon, juli 2014
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I barely remember reading this when I was a kid, but my 11 year old just finished it for school and raves about it, so, 5 stars! ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
"The Westing Game" is like a 1970s middle-grade novel version of "Knives Out" with a splash of "Mr. Limoncello's Library" - and is so charmingly clever! There is so much that builds a great atmosphere here: the sprawling cast of quirky characters; the Halloween-into-winter setting; the word puzzles and clues that (while tricky) are still solvable by the reader; good old fashioned red herrings; and just this great vein of whimsy that runs through the story. It's goofy at times, but never panders to the audience. It's piled with characters, clues, and facts, but never unnecessarily cluttered. Every word counts and feels important here. If I had read this as a kid my Agatha Christie-loving self would have made it a personality trait.
I think really the only weakness is simply the books datedness, specifically in terms of how Raskin writes about disability. One character has a physical disability that is discussed in fairly ableist terms. Another character works to "cure" the disabled character, and a line near the end mentions future family members hesitating to have their own kids in case the disability is passed on.
Despite that, I think the book has a lot to enjoy, especially if you're someone who likes puzzle-y books with plenty of layers and characters. This is the perfect time of year to read "The Westing Game" and try and solve the mystery! ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
This is a weird book. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
Reading this for maybe the tenth time (the first nine times were during my childhood), I was struck by a few things:

1. This book still rocks my socks off.

2. The 1970s is long enough ago that there were a few cringers. For example, "She had a retarded daughter...a Mongoloid child." And, "Proud of her liberalism, Grace Windsor Wexler stood and leaned over the table to shake the black woman's hand." These are not deal-breakers, but they take some historical context explaining.

3. 16 characters and 16 pieces on a chess board! The chess theme was not apparent to me as a kid, but it's was glaringly obvious this time. You've got to anticipate your opponents' moves.

4. I totally thought the Wexlers and the Hoos were headed towards a wife-swap situation. Grace Wexler starts calling James Hoo "Jimmy" and Jake Wexler eats at the Hoo's restaurant every day and helps Sun Lin learn English. It really seemed like they were with the wrong people, right? There's a grown-up reading of a kid's book for you.

5. Berthe Crow is really very truly creepy. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, a story about would-be heirs competing for a fortune, is a classic comedic mystery novel. Many folks think that Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game is one of the most perfect books ever written, and I'd have to agree that it is absolutely a modern classic of not only children's literature (it won the Newberry Medal) but of the mystery genre.

The Westing Game is an exciting, gripping, and surprisingly deep whodunit about eccentric millionaire Samuel W. Westing, who has gathered 16 potential heirs to his $200 million estate to compete in a mysterious game to discover who among them murdered him. Sam Westing has invented a game for his heirs, and only the one who solves it gets the money.

While the mystery at the core of The Westing Game is intriguing, the characters are the ones who make this story (this book had to have influenced Rian Johnson's Knives Out)! Raskin's fills her story with a diverse assortment of misfits, each with their own mysterious connection to Sam Westing. And the ending! The ending consists of essentially three codas, that tie up the loose threads of the plot and explains where all the characters ended up. To say anything else, would be to spoil the plot of this wonderful, smart, and snarky book.

The Westing Game is quietly subversive —there’s stuff about labor unions, racism, classism, feminism, immigrants, prejudice. I think it mostly stands up to the tests of time. However, I think there are some outdated terms. But it's still a great read regardless! ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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The book seems to suggest that the real American inheritance is transformation, and that American transformation is a mercurial thing.
tilføjet af g33kgrrl | RedigerThe New Yorker, Jia Tolentino (Jun 13, 2019)
 
tilføjet af g33kgrrl | RedigerPublic Books, Nicholas Dames (Jul 4, 2018)
 
Ultimately, although the story is an exciting who-done-it, the emphasis on the ‘who’ is what keeps readers coming back. The characters make the story interesting, and they make the reader think, and that is exactly what a powerful book should do.
 
If Raskin's crazy ingenuity has threatened to run away with her on previous occasions, here the complicated game is always perfectly meshed with character and story. Confoundingly clever, and very funny.
tilføjet af g33kgrrl | RedigerKirkus Reviews, starred review (May 1, 1978)
 

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for Jenny who asked for a puzzle-mystery and Susan K.
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The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!
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Clues, they had to work on those clues. Behind closed doors. Whisper, someone may be listening.
Remember: It is not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts.
A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake.
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“Take stock in America, my heirs, and sing in praise of this generous land. You, too, may strike it rich who dares to play the Westing game.”
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