The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport
It is unfortunate, then. to see him turn his immense talents into a book as poorly crafted and humorless as is The Downhill Lie. The only value I can see in this book might be to pad Mr. Hiassen's wallet. There are enough people who will bu...more
Turning his eye to the non-fiction realm, Hiassen looks at his taking up the game of golf again after a 32-year break. Hiassen's look at how the game can grow into an obsession is wonderfully witty, wryly observed and self-deprecating. The great part is that Hiassen doesn't take himself too seriously, allowing the reader to experience the highs and lows of trying to play the game of golf....more
Hiaasen decided to get back into golf after decades away and spent a year and a half, a sizable chunk of change, and many hours of frustration trying to get his stroke back. I knew I'd like him from the first line of the preface: "There are so many people to blame for this book that it's hard to know where to begin."
What makes this memoir better than the Q School slog...more
I did not love this book. Actually, I didn’t even like this book, which is the equivalent of the author blowing a 2-inch putt, uphill.
Most of this memoir has all the pizazz of a dieter’s logbook—sliced it here, flubbed a chip, made a seven-footer to save par. Then the next hole. Who cares? And the few interesting stories have the author bludgeoning sm...more
Long Version: The short version above represents more accurate summarization than snarky criticism. ”A Downhill Lie grows out of a golf journal Hiaasen keeps during a roughly 18 month return to the activity of golf in which he details his deteriorating play, efforts to remedy it and the emotional toll it takes on him. The book lacks true literary merit – it isn’t particularly funny or
Mostly, Hiassen describes his frustration at the difficulty of the game while he pokes fun at his own highly inflated expectations for how he will score on the course. He spices the narrative by including funny stories about his friends in golf, David Feherty and Mike L...more
I just don't get the golf addiction thing. Maybe it's that I'm not a perfectionist or maybe it's that I like...more
Anyway, in Florida alligators are considered lateral water hazards and local wildlife can and do fly off with your ball. Consult with the USGA rulebook to see how tho...more
I don't know anything about Carl Hiaasen and his previous books. What I do know is this book speaks to anyone who's had a remote difficulty with the game. So many of his stories were practically my autobiography with the sport of golf, despite my 30 years of age difference between myself and the author. I laughed out loud more times than I can remember during this book.
This book is the real...more
Will He Ever Feel Good About Golf?
One of the hardest things about golf is quitting for 30 years, than playing well when you’re 50. This is exactly what Carl Hiaasen did. We will follow his journey returning to golf, and let’s see what happens.
The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen is a great memoir about this fantastic author’s golf life. In 2007, Carl Hiaasen’s journey with the game started in Florida. Mike Lupica, David Feherety, and Mark Leibo help Carl with his golf outings. I giv...more
I found it to be a fun, lighthearted biography of a golfers quest - and as I described some of the book to my father and his friend - lifelong golfers - they were nodding their heads and weighing in with stories of their own ruinous golf stories.
A quick read, tongue-in-cheek, and a few chuckles along the way, and after 4 years on the links, some of the...more
I have no interest in golf whatsoever and a lot of the stroke by stroke descriptions of his golf games were lost on me. Still, Hiaasen can tell a good story, so his study of the game, analysis of the m...more
Sure, there are some great stories in here (some involving using annoying animals as golf balls - take that PETA!) but as an entire work this book is wholly unremarkable. I still don't get the appeal...more
In the end, despite the fact that I enjoy Hiaasen's other works, I didn't really care for this one much. Part of it is because the book primarily deals with his trials and tribulations returning to golf. There's too much of him complaining about his bad play and the fact that he either doesn't improve or actually gets wors...more
I think its great. I can't compare it to his other works yet, but on its own its pretty funny. I love jargon laced descriptions of sporting events (Grishams "Bleachers" comes to mind here), so his accounts of his games and the tournament were great.
Even better were the times he either remembered something about his fat...more
As a hacker in his teens, he had given up golf until mid-life. This book is a diary of his efforts to exceed his best teen score, having wondered what it would be like to play the game again.
It's a fast read, and anyone who has ever attempted to play the game will chuckle and smiloe with each turn of the page.
I'm sending my copy to my brother first ( a good golfer) with a note that he send it t...more
It is a riot with typical Hiaasen humor and insanity. From frog golf, to turtle golf to ridding the world of a scourge or vermin, I laughed myself silly. He has a lot of technical golf stuff in this book to satisfy those who understa...more
I enjoyed it... and it will help me to keep the game in perspective... ok - done, now I'm going to play a quick 9 holes....
Thanks Kate f...more
However, there is a nice mix of reminiscing about playing with his Dad when he was younger, and enjoying his son's interest in the ga...more
Because it is Hiaasen, portions are actually entertaining. The book is more appealing to fellow golfers in a 'misery-loves-company' way. But non-golf-nuts should stick to his novels....more