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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770437184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770437183
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this. It was well written and gave a good insight into the life of a caddy travelling around. Although you might think the subject could be a bit boring it was surprisingly interesting and enjoyable. An interest in golf is probably helpful for the reader but if you have an interest in a nomadic lifestyle then you'd enjoy it too.
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By Ken Castle on 18 July 2013
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This is a history of a young, unimportant caddie, behaving as college kids might. Not for me - I gave up after 4 chapters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
pushing the peanur through life 25 May 2013
By Konrad Baumeister - Published on Amazon.com
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Loopers is a golf book told about and for caddies, i.e. it covers a small niche of a specialty interest. If you hsve any interest in the lives and loves of the long-time caddy, however, I can't think of many other books covering this topic, and none as well.

The author got into caddying like probably any other kid did; but in this case, the cash, the relative freedom (i.e. lack of repsonsibilities), a love of the game, and a natural wanderlust combined to make for two decades of hauling around golf bags and occasionally taking time to reflect on it.

Dunn's observations on his co-workers, his occasional brushes with the rich and famous, the different caddy programs at clubs of different levels of quality, the golf he is able to get in in often bizarre or unique circumstances, and his trips to some of the game's greatest tracks, make this a thoroughly enjoyable book. Along the way, as one might suspect, there is in the background his father's disapproval of the author's choice of 'career,' not to mention the disdain of several potential girl friends who don't consider being with a golf caddy quite what they aspired to in life.

Dunn has done a fair bit of writing for golf and travel magazines, and has been collecting stuff for this book apparently for some time. Many of the stries are quite funny, some poignant, and many golfing scenes are beautifully sketched. When the subject is something meaningful to Dunn, he can write it up well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this somewhat off beat book. If your interest in golf extends to the caddying subcommunity, then you may well, too.
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The strange world of the golf club caddy 15 May 2013
By Julia A. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike most books about caddies that tend to concentrate on those who caddy for professional golfers, this memoir deals with the rather less glamorous world of the club caddy. The author spent a number of years caddying at various clubs around the country (even roaming as far as Scotland and St Andrews) on one occasion. The characters, both golfers and caddies, that he encounters along the way are detailed with a great deal of (mostly) affection and are unfailingly interesting. As all golfers know, a two of the main parts of the pleasure of the game are the cameraderie encountered and the beauty and sheer visual interest of the courses themselves. Fortunately the author is a sufficiently skillful writer to do justice to the scenery.

His relationships with his family members, particularly his father are also covered well. His father was not exactly enamoured of his choice of profession, regarding as suitable only for a drifter. Their reconciliation at the end of his father's life is poignantly described.

The book is extremely easy reading, unfailingly interesting, and, whilst greater interest to golfers, is one that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Enjoy the read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Life's a journey, so is caddying. 15 April 2013
By Amateur curmudgeon - Published on Amazon.com
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Winter's finally over and with it, the ski season. Golf season is about to start and, what better way to get into the mood than to curl up with a golf book?

So, I picked up Loopers and began to read it, over Masters Weekend, of all times.

Life's a journey and, come to think of it, so is golf. This is a chronicle of a young man's journey, through twenty years of life as a caddie, a looper. Going from Connecticut to Secession golf course in Beaufort, South Carolina, to the West Coast, and even Augusta National, with a side trip to the Mecca of all golfers, the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Entwined between the hilarious, comic, sometimes sad stories, is a deeper storyline. The relationship between one young, and soon not so young man, with his father. That one is a journey too. A journey that many, dare I say most? Men can relate with.

What drives a man to take up a golf bag and carry it for others? Find it here. There are many answers, as many as caddies picking up a golf bag out of a car on a Sunday morning. Some are just ordinary boys, making some extra money. Others are characters out of a Hemingway novel, or a Woody Allen movie. Spend some time with them, it is time well spent that you will not regret.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Quirky, Mystical, Thoroughly Entertaining Journey! 12 April 2013
By David Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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John Dunn has led a life that I suspect many of us golfers really envy. On the other hand, I doubt that most of us possess the requisite talent and courage needed to live a similar lifestyle portrayed so engagingly in "Loopers". Fortunately, folks like me can live vicariously for a few days through Mr. Dunn's excellent first book.

What I liked best about "Loopers" is the way John Dunn managed to effectively transmit many of his emotions through the way he described his experiences. While many of his vignettes will resonate the most with golfers, for example caddying alongside Masters legend Arnold Palmer at Augusta National, I think non-golfers will be able to appreciate John Dunn's tales for his self-deprecating humor, perceptive observations, and well-crafted paragraphs. Reading "Loopers" reminded me of playing a fast solo 18 holes on a deserted course, when most of my shots go where I intended, and the experience becomes purely pleasurable...no concerns about slow play, competition, or anything else besides my swing, the flight of the ball, and appreciating the golf course. "Loopers" lasted just the right amount of time, never staying on one particular hole too long, but still savoring gorgeous views along the way. The only down side to this book is after you read it, you'll feel obligated to tip your caddie much higher than usual, which could get expensive!

While I've only caddied once in my life, at a local club tournament in Southern California in the early 70s, I've often wondered what it would be like to become a part-time looper in a few years after I retire. John Dunn has made that notion seem a lot more inviting. That's the mark of a good writer, opening our eyes to new possibilities and challenges. But even if I never carry a bag (other than my own) at Chambers Bay, I will always appreciate having been a "Virtual Looper" alongside John Dunn. He deserves a big tip for his work!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nice Shot... 30 April 2013
By Big D - Published on Amazon.com
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While the cover prediction, "Destined to Become a Classic of Golf Writing" might be a little over-the-top, this is a good book, a very good book.

In short, easily readable chapters (essays really), it tells the sometimes hilarious story of the overlooked and always underappreciated club caddie.

Not a tour caddie, but a club caddie and there is all the world difference in the two...

As you read the book you will be entertained and fascinated by how caddies view---and talk about--- normal, regular golfers, golfers like you and me, golfers who play simply for the love of the game. WARNING: You might even see yourself in some of the golfers described herein. That's part of the fun of this book.

There may be for you, as it was for me, one overriding thought when finishing the book: "When I was young, wish I had had the guts, courage and carefree attitude to live this kind of life...", caddie's life.

Quite good. Read it and you will enjoy it...You will find yourself chuckling at others and at at times even yourself.

Ahhh, golf. The greatest game.

And this is a somewhat unique look at it...
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