Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyNoonan's first novel is a coming-of-age story with an unexpected, tragic commentary on the harsh realities of life. Brothers Jim and Matt Mooney have been brought up in a strict Catholic home in a New Jersey suburb. As Jim, the younger sibling, narrates his rather banal experiences working with Matt as a caddy at a local country club in the 1960s, little insight is provided regarding the club members, except for one young couple--Sean and Mary Butterworth. Jim's frustrated adolescent sexual yearnings are exacerbated by Matt's affair with the gorgeous Mary. Jim's hopes for a relationship improve after he saves a friend's life, thereby impressing Barbara, a talkative, attractive schoolmate. Noonan's flat prose and mundane story line are redeemed near the novel's close by some surprises, including a fatal confrontation between Sean and Matt, and disclosure of the toll taken on the Mooney family by the Vietnam War, kept in the background until this point. These sudden turns permanently alter Jim's naive perceptions of the adult world. (Aug.)
Library Journal - Library JournalWith its assortment of oddball characters, this darkly comic novel by Noonan ( Cleury , S. & S., 1989) often reads like the 1980 movie Caddyshack . Although humorous throughout, it provides a serious undertone of love, war, and politics in the late 1960s. Told through the eyes of 17-year-old caddy Jim Mooney, and set in a small, middle-class New Jersey town, the tale is a very vivid, detailed, and well-written look at life during a turbulent era. A sobering ending gives this interesting novel a very somber touch. Recommended for large fiction collections.-- Jeffrey Nicholas, V.A. Medical Ctr. Lib. Svce . , Castle Point, N.Y.
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Memoirs of a Caddy based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Excellent heartwarming view of the late 68, ripe with metaphor and warm with a resplendent honesty and pathos - definitely worth a read.