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LSmithTop Contributor: Baseball
4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable collection
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
Enjoyed reading this collection of essays on golf, especially when Updike talks about his own game as I can relate to many of his struggles. The chapter on one of his lessons was the best and the funniest as well.
This is my second reading of this book which I originally read several years ago. There are many books about golf and they are generally rather poor. This is a very good one and I remember distinctly how much I enjoyed it and I would certainly have given it 5 Stars. On my present reading I would drop it one and give 4 Stars. I am not sure why I have done so Perhaps the original effect was so explosive that it could never recur with such force. I suspect that any new reader would experience the same explosion and I must recommend it to any such. BUY IT!!! You will never regret it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2020
As a sometime hacker in the past, the stories in this collection sparked a desire to return to the course, comforted by the knowledge that there are other golfers just like me who feel hopeless most of the time but who still believe that there are still a few good shots still to come.
5.0 out of 5 starsChe c'è di meglio di un grande scrittore per raccontare lo sport più bello del mondo?
Reviewed in Italy on March 19, 2016
Per chi ama il golf non può esserci lettura più piacevole. Vecchi e nuovi racconti, frammenti ricavati dai suoi libri, tutto ciò che Updike ha scritto che in qualche maniera potesse essere riconducibile al golf è raccolto in questo libro. All in one.
I felt massive sympathy with John Updike as a golfer. He did not mention his handicapps, but I would imagine mid-teens at best, as he used 5-iron ( or massie) for remaining 150 yards. Words like skitters and ricochets were fresh word for me, as a non-native English speaker cum golfer. Desparation accompanying such shots are well depicted in his prose, and I recognized why the Nerw Yorker hired him, and asked to be a regular writer. His image of autumn golf courses in New England was great.......