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Fairway To Hell [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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21 May 2009

"Every weekend, thousands of otherwise rational men and women are cursing, kicking at divots and smashing expensively milled putters against the trunks of immovable hardwood trees. These players go home in a toxic funk to inflict gloom upon their loved ones until the following Saturday, when they rush back to the golf course and do it all over again."

In the summer of 2005, Carl Hiaasen picked up a golf club again for the first time in 32 years. He was not the best of players in 1973, and had certainly not got any younger in the intervening period. Undeterred, and weighed down by an increasing quantity of golf equipment and game-enhancing products acquired from adverts on The Golf Channel, who can see a sucker coming, Carl was soon hacking and shanking his way around the courses of Florida, and his obsession with the sport was rekindled. Animals were harmed during the making of this book.

Over the course of the next 18 months, Carl's game got better, then worse, then slightly better, then much worse again, and he even managed to jinx Tiger Woods. On the way to finally summoning up the courage to compete in an actual tournament himself, Carl details the hilarious consequences of his misguided belief that he could actually play the game. We also learn that Justin Timberlake has a better golf handicap (6) than Bob Dylan (17), that Eagle Trace golf course contains not one trace of an eagle, and that Mind Drive capsules are not necessarily a good idea.

But through all the misery and frustration (save the odd glorious shot), golf took up residence in Carl's heart again. Fairway to Hell is the ultimate tale of the trials and tribulations of the amateur golfer, but also the heart-warming story of how the game brought together the generations of the Hiaasen family.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775090
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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"It has taken Carl Hiaasen to capture the essence of a game that, like the bagpipes and the kilt, was invented by the Irish and given to the Scots as a joke. The rest is history, and this wretched pastime has demented us since" (David Feherty)

"Brimming wit" (Robert Collins The Sunday Times)

"Hiaasen's observations can be both accurate and funny, a rare gift for what qualifies as a genuine sports book because it will have great resonance amongst Sunday morning hackers" (Peter Sharkey Yorkshire Post)

"Hiaasen is shameless in extracting every bit of comedic value he possibly can. Essentially, he does so by poking fun at himself and that is what "hacking" is all about. The laughs may be cheap but they are ever so painfully earned" (James Corrigan Independent)

"With biting humor and painfully honest self-humiliation, Hiaasen describes his 1-1/2-year journey into one of Dante's inner circles of hell" (Christian Science Monitor)

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Hilarious memoir by the bestselling comic novelist about his rash decision to take up golf again after a self-administered 32-year break from the game.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A hole in one for Hiaasen 24 July 2009
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This is Carl Hiaasen at his very best, reflecting on how life gets it's teeth into a bloke a shakes him around like a terrier with a rat! If you were ever tempted by your mates to take up golf read this first it will save you a fortune in green fees and equipment. Stick to crazy golf, try pitch and putt or better still just stay home and read a good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars par for the course 7 Jan 2010
I'm familiar with Carl Hiassen having read all of his previous books and also with golf.
Not having read any of his previous work is no reason not to read this book but it is certainly helpful to have an idea about golf. The book is quite funny with a good helping of his acidic and slightly warped humour throughout and more than once I had to wipe tears from my eyes after reading his unique way of describing otherwise fairly banal subject matter. If you like golf I'd definitely give it a read but if you can't tell the difference between a sandwedge from a sandwich you might not appreciate it as much as others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Cares About Golf? 1 July 2009
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You don't have to like golf, or even know about it, to enjoy this book. All you have to do is enjoy the writing style and view of life that Carl Hiaasen has. If that's the case, you will find this book a riot. If you haven't encountered him yet, this is an easy way in, and if you have, you'll love it.

Hilarious and well writen: perhaps in this work of non-fiction, Hiaasen shows us the imagination from which the characters in his novels come...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read. 29 Nov 2012
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Excellent read. Some laugh out loud moments. Would recommend to golf fans everywhere. Always enjoy his books and this one lived up to my expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 11 Jun 2011
I'm not a golf fan but I found this a delightful and laugh out loud read - definitely recommended for any Hiaasen (or indeed golf) fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Bill Bryson wrote on golf ... 15 Dec 2010
Carl Hiaasen moves here from fiction (always excellent) to autobigraphical comment (also excellent). This book is very similar to the style of Bill Bryson where the author's activities are merely the canvas for a rich mix of humourous observation, daft facts and wry self-deprecation. As with Bryson it's laugh out loud or at least snigger on the bus on to work.

Who will like it? Any Hiaasen fan. Anyone who likes golf. Anyone who deosn't like golf but does like good writing.
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