My Book Review: “The Color of Money” by Walter Tevis

The Color of MoneyThe Color of Money by Walter Stone Tevis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is always interesting to read a book that has since become a movie. That said, “The Color of Money” has always been one of my all-time favorite films. Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in what was (deservingly but incredibly) his only Best Actor Oscar win and Tom Cruise dancing to “Werewolves of London” makes for great entertainment.

The reason I read – especially these days – is for inspiration, for motivation and to feel kinship with the characters.

Fast Eddie, now 50 years old and 20+ years after the events of “The Hustler”, finds himself in a trance, walking through a meaningless life. He looks up, has little left and certainly has paid little respect to his own talents. Pool – absolutely – is a talent, but his lie more deeply: understanding people, winning money and aging well.

The book is nothing like the movie; Minnesota Fats plays prominently in Felson’s decision to re-focus on his pool greatness. The people are different but the theme is the same: at any age, at any time, we can be presented opportunities to shine. We have to seize every one of them, lest we will one day look back and regret not doing so. But, by then, it is too late.

“The Color of Money” is a tremendous book with a great story; Walter Tevis’s incredible descriptions and detail make you feel like you are watching a whole another movie. You see the pool table, you can hear the chants and the nine balls landing in their pockets and you feel yourself rooting for Fast Eddie to realize – once again – his gift.

The protagonist distanced himself from pool over the years, but it was always there. And when he reclaimed it, the result was enthralling for all 294 pages.

On the snap!

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About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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