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Golf Dreams by John Updike
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Sep 08, 1997 | ISBN 9780449912690

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“Limber and sprightly, unique, alive . . . Updike understands golf, keenly, and expresses his understanding with charm and beauty, in words as sturdy as Lee Trevino’s stance.”—Sports Illustrated
“A book written under a clear blue sky with an utterly pure swing . . . Here, Updike waltzes about the heavens of Nabokov, in pure esthetic bliss. And here his transcendental agonies and anxieties fuse into split-second moments of impact that lift us from sand pit to rhapsody.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“[Golf Dreams clears] the hazards with ease and grace. [Updike] is eloquent on the pleasures and frustrations of the game [and] even better at dramatizing its mysterious pull.”—The New York Times

Author Essay

I’m not really a big fan of golf.  In fact, I used to think it was less interesting than watching paint dry.  But my father is an avid golfer, and recently a number of my friends have not only taken up the sport, but insist upon watching it on television.  I am a big fan of John Updike, and thought, "well, everybody can’t be wrong" in terms of golf, so I picked up the book.  I was mesmerized.  Even for someone who had never picked up a golf club (except miniature golf clubs when I was 7) the stories are gripping and…interesting!  Try it — you’ll like it.

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