Golf Dreams by John Updike
Writings on Golf

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John Updike wrote about the lure of golf for five decades, from the first time he teed off at the age of twenty-five until his final rounds at the age of seventy-six. Golf Dreams collects the most memorable of his golf pieces, high-spirited evidence of his learning, playing, and living for the game. The camaraderie of golf, the perils of its present boom, how to relate to caddies, and how to manage short putts are among the topics he addresses, sometimes in lyrical essays, sometimes in light verse, sometimes in wickedly comic fiction. All thirty pieces have the lilt of a love song, and the crispness of a firm chip stiff to the pin.
 

About John Updike

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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.
 
Published February 16, 2011 by Random House. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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This gathering of 30 previously published fictional works, articles, and essays demonstrates Updike's "impassioned but imperfect devotion" to the game of golf.

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That's it.'' In the context of this collection, Rabbit's epiphany seems callow, particularly when, in the second of two essays called ''The Camaraderie of Golf,'' Mr. Updike writes half-seriously, ''Many men are more faithful to their golf par...

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The New York Times

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That's it.'' In the context of this collection, Rabbit's epiphany seems callow, particularly when, in the second of two essays called ''The Camaraderie of Golf,'' Mr. Updike writes half-seriously, ''Many men are more faithful to their golf par...

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Publishers Weekly

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Essays range in theme from the specific (""The Big Bad Boom'') to the ethical (the moral imperatives of ""The Gimme Game"") to the philosophical: ""Many men are more faithful to their golf partners than to their wives.'' Generally, those pieces written originally for sports magazines tend to cont...

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PW praised this collection of essays and short fiction by the golfer--and novelist--as ""entertaining and meaningful."" (Sept.)

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A former golf phenom who stopped playing due to a freak accident slowly discovers -- 20 years later -- that he can somehow still swing a club competitively.

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