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The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

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    Quick, easy, funny read.

    Carl Hiaasen's THE DOWNHILL LIE is a quick-moving, witty book about one man's attempted re-emergence into the sport of golf. As a hacker myself, much of what Hiassen wrote about rang true, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once at the author's blunderings about the links.

    Not only is the book funny, but there is an underlying theme about the importance of spending time together, whether it be between friends or between father and son. It's also very easy to read, with plenty of chapter breaks and a mix between longer essays and quick journal entries.

    Not an award winner per say, but a great gift for someone who doesn't take golf too seriously!

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Mildly entertaining

    A somewhat cynical view of golf from someone who plays somewhere in the 90's and considers that disastrous. I can see all the average golfers scratching their heads thinking...."hhmm...that's not that bad. To each their own I guess. But the viewpoint can be very humorous at times, on and off the course.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Golf is a funny game, especially Mr. Hiaasen's game.

    This is a fun read, no more no less. If you are a golfer you will understand how frustrating the game is weather you are trying to break 60 or 90. Luckly for us we get to hear how tough it is from someone who can wax comedic.

    I really enjoyed the book, but then again I enjoy Carl Hiaasen books and golf. For me it was a winning combination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    To be honest, when I find out that Carl Hiaasen is releasing a new book soon, I am ecstatic. If you've read every book that Carl Hiaasen has written like I have, you just come to expect loads of humor in his writing. Paradise Screwed and Kick Ass, the books that were compilations of his columns in the Miami Herald weren't a laugh a minute, but at least they were educational. If you have lived in Florida for any length of time, you know that a lot of residents are avid golfers. There are many gated communities, like the LPGA in Daytona Beach on LPGA Boulevard. The name is self-explanatory, I think. Hiaasen has railed against all things Disney many times. Hiaasen is reminiscent of the way Florida used to be before it was pummeled. Golf courses are not native to Florida either, the same as Disney, Universal, etc. Maybe if the novel were a 'laugh a minute,' as Stormy Weather and Double Whammy were, I might have overlooked this 'selling out.' In this case I just couldn't.

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