Jack of Hearts

Jack of Hearts

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  • Hardback | 24 pages
  • 190 x 250mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Col.ill.
  • 0192796577
  • 9780192796578

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Wherein, smartly, the playing cards play their own hands and their relative power determines who carries the day. "Remember," warns the King of Spades on Jack of Hearts' eighteenth birthday, "neither this wonderful horse, nor the strongest armour, nor the sharpest sword (presented respectively by himself, the Kings of Diamonds and Clubs), nor all the 'knights of Christendom can stand against the Ace of Spades." In the ensuing tourney, Diamonds and Clubs fight to a draw, Spades and Hearts likewise to the last man, the Jacks - whereupon the irate King of Spades throws down the Ace of Spades. . . and the King of Hearts covers it with the Ace of Hearts, delivering the victory to his son, henceforward "Sir Jack, the bravest Heart of all." Satisfaction comes from knowing the cards, and so indeed does comprehension - the characters are the cards, for the most part, not figures extracted or abstracted from them, and against the patterned medieval backgrounds they are indistinguishable except for their insignia. Still novel, stylish and good sport: "The Jokers juggled and turned somersaults while the music played." (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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