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Author: Dunn, John Biographee: Dunn, John
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Class: Biography
Age: Adult
Language: English
LC: GV964
Print Run: 50000
ISBN-13: 9780770437183
LCCN: 2012044014
Imprint: Crown
Pub Date: 05/14/2013
Availability: Out of Print Confirmed
List: $25.00
Physical Description: xvi, 279 p. ; 22 cm. H 8.53", W 5.73", D 1", 0.875 lbs.
LC Series:
Brodart Sources: Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
Starred Reviews:
TIPS Subjects: Sports
Biography, Individual
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Fatherhood
LC Subjects: Caddies, Biography
Dunn, John
SEARS Subjects: Caddies, Biography
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Publisher Annotations | 01/31/2013
Destined to become a classic of golf writing, Loopers is a treasure of a memoir about the uncommon world of the club caddy and the improbable journey it resulted in for one man. It is a perennial account that touches on the animating force of the game itself, reminding us of the reason we continue to tee the ball up, year in and year out.
Journal Reviews
BookPage | 06/01/2013
In Loopers: A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey, professional golf caddy turned journalist John Dunn offers an engaging and surprisingly gritty approach to the sport's literature. Against his father's wishes, Dunn takes up the life of an itinerant caddy, and this volume essentially covers his episodic, two-decade journey across the U.S. working at golf courses great and small. Dunn makes it inside Augusta National Golf Club, manages to cross paths with celebrities and titans of industry, even travels across the pond to St. Andrews. It's a gypsy existence that sometimes demands a scrappy persistence and a lot of compromises, yet Dunn's account makes clear that his "a breed apart" personality is a good match for the vagabond lifestyle, which includes its fair share of fun and adventure. The book comes full circle when Dunn must confront his father's imminent death from cancer. Closure occurs as the book reaches its poignant end, and golf's linkage to the relationship between fathers and sons resonates once again. 304pg. BOOKPAGE, c2013.
Kirkus Reviews | 05/01/2013
A freelance golf writer rehearses his decades of caddying and carousing at some of the toniest venues in the world--from Augusta to St. Andrews. Dunn comes across in much of this mostly frivolous text as one of those perpetual adolescents who populate Judd Apatow films. As he recounts his exploits on the links, in bars and campgrounds and rooming houses, he displays a surprisingly obtuse attitude about women. He repeats crude sexist stories (sans irony), rails against the "aggressive older women on the prowl" in Aspen, describes the endowments of women he sees on the course and, of course, "cougars." At various points, he waxes philosophical about the meaning of it all--e.g., golf and life are both journeys. Dunn occasionally alludes to a book (Siddhartha) and to his efforts to become a writer, but this does not occur often. The most significant relationship he relates is with his father, who, unsurprisingly, was not thrilled with his son's decision to spend his youth carrying other people's golf bags. His father's disapprobation pops up continually, but near the end, things grow more serious: His father became grievously ill, and for the first time in their lives, father and son had to come to terms with each other. In these passages, the author emerges as something more than the self-absorbed adolescent he appears elsewhere to be. Also of interest are his descriptions of some of the great courses he "looped" (caddied), some of the notables for whom he caddied (Bill Gates, Arnold Palmer), some of the amusing experiences he had when he didn't really know what he was doing (his early rounds in Scotland), and encounters with golfers and caddies who were less than amiable. Will appeal to fans of the Caddyshack films and to those who revere the wisdom of the locker room. 304pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2013.