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An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls and Looping on the Old Course [Format Kindle]

Oliver Horovitz

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Revue de presse

"This poignant, funny memoir by Oliver Horovitz, a Harvard student who finds his calling on the Scottish links, is an intriguing tour of life at the world's most celebrated course."

“With the energy and joy of youth, he describes his ‘gap year’…His interaction with the group of ‘pretty’ university girls, deemed ‘Model Caddies,’ is wondrous…Horovitz shares his deeply felt memories of golf, girls, and the academy boldly, never taking himself too seriously or being irreverent about the caddie tradition on the time-honored Old Course links.”
Publishers Weekly

“In this breezy memoir, the younger brother of a Beastie Boy spills insider tales about looping and living in St. Andrews…the characters—bitter old caddies, the author’s university pals and his 83–year–old uncle—are lovable. So, too, are Horovitz's yarns, which feature late–night antics in the Old Toon and a round caddying for Seinfeld creator Larry David.”
Golf Magazine

"A must read."

"Anyone looking for a good read should look no further than An American Caddie in St. Andrews."

"An utterly absorbing, affectionate, and funny narrative of his halcyon days in St. Andrews.  I loved his memoir so much I lingered over it, relishing my own memories of that mysteriously captivating town, historic links, and addictive Scottish game, and I recommend Ollie's book to those who've either already walked in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris or have a visit to the home of golf on their bucket list."
—Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

"Oliver Horovitz is a writer to watch. Even if you don't play golf you will enjoy the Ring Lardner style of Ollie's An American Caddie in St. Andrews. The book has great characters and a wonderful sense of being a fish out of water.
—Michael Douglas

“This is a story you have to read before your next bogey. Oliver has his priorities spot on!” 
—Gary McCord

"An American Caddie in St. Andrews is a funny, charming, coming-of age tale about golf and life ... Horovitz is a gifted writer, and an engaging storyteller ... and he can read putts!"
—Huey Lewis

"While exposing the insular world of the St. Andrews caddie, Oliver Horovitz discovers a good deal of truth about golf, golfers, and himself. A terrific read. Recommended."
—Curt Sampson, author of The War By the Shore

Présentation de l'éditeur

St Andrews, known around the world as 'the home of golf', is legendary, and its history and traditions are deeply embedded in the local community that has kept it going for centuries. The caddies on the Old Course are a font of knowledge and an institution in their own right. Into this venerable institution steps Oliver Horovitz, a young American Harvard student - and keen golfer - on a gap year at the University of St Andrews. During this year, his most important discovery - by far - is that everyone at St Andrews plays golf - including very cute girls. When term ends, Ollie joins the St Andrews caddie trainee program and spends the summer awaking at 4.30 am to line up at the caddie shack, looping two, sometimes three, rounds a day. After months of struggling to gain acceptance from the notoriously gruff, perpetually hungover veteran caddies, he finally earns his full caddie stripes. Full of life and drama, this is a warm and insightful view of the vibrant characters who inhabit this world, along with all their idiosyncrasies; it is also a tale of growing up and finding one's place in the world, against the brilliant green backdrop of the Old Course, and will appeal to golfers up and down the UK.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1401 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Elliott & Thompson (3 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Real Thing 30 mars 2013
Par Dean M. Pollock - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Especially for the golfer, but even for anyone else, this is a most enjoyable book with several special themes. It is written lightheartedly autobiographically about a young American New Yorker trying to fit in with the caddies at St. Andrews, and thereby describes the unique world of the caddie shack, the relationship between caddies and players, and the various hilarious situations that occur in this most intense, obsessive, frustrating and patently ridiculous sport. The caddie is part teacher, part juggler, part psychiatrist, part weatherman, and part burro - performing at all hours of the day, in any clime, with a smile on his face and a wry comment, all while working for tips.
But this book is much more than that. It describes the magic of playing at the birthplace of golf (no golfer who hasn't been there can appreciate it) as well as the fanaticism of the golfer (Ollie is a good one himself). It is also a coming of age story about an engaging and enterprising young man: about his growing up and finding out what is important in life. We follow along with Ollie as he resists the temptation to follow the herd in an Ivy League environment (Horovitz attends Harvard when not caddying), experiences relationships with women, and touchingly appreciates a family relationship with an elderly Scottish uncle, among much else.
Disclaimer: I am a lifelong golfer who has played lots of places. My only trip to Scotland was in July 2012, and my caddie was this refreshing young New Yorker. In person, he is true to the engaging protagonist of this book. He made the round truly special, as any good caddie can. If you play golf, if you have ever played the Old Course, if you have ever had a caddie carry your bag and can appreciate it, if you enjoy reading at all, buy this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read for golfers, travelers, and college students 14 mars 2013
Par C. Capps - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
There are very few "must read" books on my list - this one just made the list. Golfers will get an inside view of one of the universal bucket list courses. Travelers will find dozens of places to visit that aren't in most tour guides. High school students heading to college might find inspiration to do something a little different for these growing up years.

This is a truly enjoyable book. A real pleasure to read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pure golfing pleasure, but wait, there's more ... a lot more 29 octobre 2014
Par D. Bancel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I liked this book on so many levels. Really fookin liked. Initially, Having made the pilgrimage to St Andrews, I loved reliving it from an insider's perspective. But this book has a lot more to offer. It's a wonderful coming of age story. It's very touching tribute to his great uncle Ken and a lesson on growing old gracefully. I loved the descriptions of the town itself and the people and their golf and gardening centric lives. It's well written and the tense and style really keep it moving along. I was sorry to finish it. Well played Ollie. Very well played!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Envious 8 novembre 2014
Par Howard Kay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As an ex-looper, English major and of Scottish descent, this book was very interesting to me on several levels. Basically lived out something I wish I had pursued- going to school and looping at St Andrews. While clearly a very good caddie and player author comes off as very humble and someone you would want to hang out with. Has an appreciation for the true characters he comes across- does not look down on anyone- is very grounded. Highly recommend
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't Put This Book Down 1 avril 2013
Par Chicago 60626 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
This is a really insightful book about life as a St. Andrews caddie, their time as a trainee and their life after their trainee tag is eliminated. The author's comments about the caddie shack are really funny and the inner language and insults swapped by caddies are enlightening to say the least.
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