The Downhill Lie

The Downhill Lie

A Hacker's Return To A Ruinous Sport

Large Print - 2008
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Originally drawn to the game by his father, Carl Hiaasen wisely quit golfing in 1973. But some ambitions refuse to die, and as the years-and memories of shanked 7-irons faded, it dawned on Carl that there might be one thing in life he could do better in middle age than he could as a youth. So gradually he ventured back to the dreaded driving range, this time as the father of a five-year-old son-and also as a grandfather.
What possesses a man to return in midlife to a game at which he'd never excelled in his prime, and which in fact had dealt him mostly failure, angst and exasperation? Here's why I did it: I'm one sick bastard. And thus we have Carl's foray into a world of baffling titanium technology, high-priced golf gurus, bizarre infomercial gimmicks and the mind-bending phenomenon of Tiger Woods; a maddening universe of hooks and slices where Carl ultimately-and foolishly-agrees to compete in a country-club tournament against players who can actually hit the ball. That's the secret of the sport's infernal seduction, he writes. It surrenders just enough good shots to let you talk yourself out of quitting.
Hiaasen's chronicle of his shaky return to this bedeviling pastime and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem-culminating with the savage 45-hole tournament-will have you rolling with laughter. Yet the bittersweet memories of playing with his own father and the glow he feels when watching his own young son belt the ball down the fairway will also touch your heart. Forget Tiger, Phil and Ernie. If you want to understand the true lure of golf, turn to Carl Hiaasen, who offers an extraordinary audiobook for the ordinary hacker.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print in association with Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
Edition: 1st large print ed.
ISBN: 9780739327876
0739327879
Characteristics: ix, 353 p. (large print) ; 20 cm.

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Blue_18
Jun 23, 2017

Half product placement + half whining...that gives you a whole bunch of nothing.

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cpdemers
Jun 20, 2017

Interesting, yet trite. Hiaasen, one of my favorite authors struggles to knock it out of the rough on this one.

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derekwolfgram
Nov 30, 2010

It was good fun to see Carl Hiaasen turn his wicked sense of humor on himself. There are a few laugh out loud moments, and Hiaasen is in fine form as a storyteller, but ultimately this book confirmed for me that I'm not interested in reading about golf.

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Hadley
Aug 18, 2008

A really funny memoir about Hiaasen's love/hate relationship with the most frustrating of all sports, golf. Recommended to anyone who's ever sunk a 30' putt for par and then cranked the next tee shot deep into the woods.

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Hadley
Aug 28, 2008

In the summer of 2005, I returned to golf after a much needed layoff of thirty-two years. Attempting a comeback in my fifties wouldn't have been so absurd if I'd been a decent player when I was young, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case. At my best, I'd shown occasional flashes of competence. At my worst, I'd been a menace to all carbon-based life-forms on the golf course.

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