Golf Dreams: 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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449912690
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 305,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

John Updike
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.
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    1. Also Known As:
      John Hoyer Updike (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 18, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Shillington, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Death:
      January 27, 2009
    2. Place of Death:
      Beverly Farms, MA

Table of Contents

Preface
Golf Dreams (1979) 3
Drinking from a Cup Made Cinchy (1959) 6
Tips on a Trip (1973) 13
The Pro (1966) 18
Swing Thoughts (1984) 24
Those Three- or Four-Footers (1994) 29
The Gimme Game (1995) 35
The Trouble with a Caddie (1993) 39
Moral Exercise (1993) 44
Intercession (1958) 51
Three Rounds with Rabbit Angstrom (1959, 1989) 68
A Good Round with Tom Marshfield (1974) 99
The Golf-Course Proprietor (1979) 107
Golf as a Game of the People (1986) 110
The Big Bad Boom (1990) 115
The Camaraderie of Golf - I (1986) 122
The Camaraderie of Golf - II (1987) 126
Farrell's Caddie (1991) 131
Upon Winning One's Flight in the Senior Four-Ball (1994) 142
Golfers (1975) 143
The Bliss of Golf (1982) 147
Is There Life After Golf? (1972) 151
Golf in Writing (1986) 159
U.S. Golf (1994) 169
Television Golf (1988) 174
Memoirs of a Marshal (1990) 180
Women's Work (1984) 183
Is Life Too Short for Golf? (1991) 187
The Yankee Golfer (1994) 192
December Golf (1989) 198
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

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    Well. That was a quite satisfying story. Few grammar mistakes, in some places you could have used better word choice. One note about the adopted father. You say he is adopted before you put that he became her father. You should say, if you want to say that he adopts her, my soon-to-be adopted father. Anyways, great job! Do not repost your story here. Lots of other cats will want to read it too! You are a wonderful writer!

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    *Clappity clap clap* Hallo Snowfern!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Snowferns story

    Snowkit was staring at the entrance of camp waiting for her mother. She could hear fighting noised and screeches. Her little blue eyes shone. She worried for her mother because newleaf had come late this year. All of a sudden Snowkits mother, Brightflower stumbled in. She had cut marks all over her obviously from a fox attack. Snowkit screeched and took off into the forest. She ran. And ran. And ran. She tripped on a twig and fell down. Her heart was racing so fast that she could hear it in her ears. She got up and starting running again. When she tripped this time she stumbled into WolfClan territory. The first cat she saw was Darkwing, her adopted father. "Hi." The tom said in a gentle voice. Snowkit cowered away afraid of the larger cat. "Hi im Snowkit." She said. Darkwing smiled. She had found a forever friend and a father. She was happy and had a good life afterwards. Making through her apprentice training she received the warrior name: Snowfern. Her first mates name was Owlblaze. They had one kit together. Blazekit. Snowfern hasnt died yet and is living peacefulyy in WolfClan.

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