The Downhill Lie is my introduction to the writing of Carl Hiassen. My wonderful and a great deal a lot more educated schoolteacher spouse is now acquainted with his crafting via his Newberry Award winning novel, Hoot.
Like many middle-aged dreamers, hoping that reading how to do anything relatively than really accomplishing it may possibly give me that illusive ‘onenness with the golfing universe’, I was browsing the sports activities area in a nearby bookstore and arrived throughout this seductive chronicle of a man in his fifties returning to golf.
This intriguing concern hooked me: “What possesses a guy to return in midlife to a video game at which he’d hardly ever excelled in his primary, and which in actuality had dealt him primarily failure, angst and exasperation?” There was an immediate connection that drew me inexorably into Carl Hiassen’s universe.
What is it about the recreation of golf that would entice me to leave a correctly snug recliner, perfectly-stocked refrigerator and weather controlled guy cave to face the troubles of a scorching, bug infested golf study course that is impeccably groomed and properly designed to boost my risk of heart attack, stroke and pre-meditated assault?
After again, I discovered with Hiassen when he writes: “Sadly, the single most essential simple fact about golfing is as calming as a electronic prostate examination: It can be tricky…
When I made a decision to reconnect with the activity, I experienced no illusions about finding truly fantastic at it. I just preferred to be improved at some thing in middle age than I was when I was youthful”
Hiassen chronicles his 577 day foray into his return to the globe of golfing commencing with his purchase of golf equipment: “Immediately after a several minutes of puzzled meandering, I confess that I have no idea what variety of golf equipment to obtain.
My system while is to get started low-cost. Minimizing the financial investment in golfing gear must make it simpler not to acquire the sport so seriously, and if essential, allow for an honorable retreat.”
His return to golf will take the reader on a snicker out load trip that concludes with a 45-gap event which he describes as: “No lighthearted romp for a reclusive, neurotic, doubt-plagued duffer”. His golfing spouse dismissed it as “A few of undesirable nines, that is all” Which Hiassen reviews, is like declaring, “Never let an iceberg or two spoil the complete cruise.”
Hiassen summarizes the enticement of golf in his entry of ‘day 577’ right after the match is around. He is viewing his son Quinn:
“But these days is a dazzling march morning, breezy and cloudless, and in spite of the clean wounds from the tournament, it feels all right to be standing in the solar on the observe range, just seeing.
For a next, I’m a kid once again… and I can remember particularly how amazing it felt to pound a single, seriously crush it, then peek back again to capture the glimpse on my Dad’s confront.”
My greatest grievance about The Downhill Lie is that I definitely do have superior matters to do but none of them as pleasurable as studying this e-book.