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Memoirs of a Caddy

Noonan, David

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ISBN 10: 0671689800 / ISBN 13: 9780671689803
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, NJ, USA, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Memoirs of a Caddy

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, NJ, USA

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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Edition: First Edition

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In the summer of 1968, a seventeen-year-old caddy at Colonial Valley Country Club experiences romance, sex, love, heartbreak, and tragic death as he grows into manhood. Reprint.

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With humor and pathos, a young caddy from a large, middle- class Catholic family tells what it was like to come of age in the mid-60's, when America was beginning to fall apart. Protagonist Jim Mooney, 17, has some of the wistfulness but none of the big-city veneer of Holden Caulfield--he's the product of a small town 40 miles due west of New York, and his feet are solidly planted on the ground. Jim plays cards with the other caddies--a colorful group to the last man--drinks and hungers for sex, but he's the sort who's going to steer a steady course through life. Not so his older brother Matt, at loose ends and courting danger--whether with the wife of a golfer he caddies for, or in the jungles of Vietnam. Meanwhile, the social strata of the town, steeped in Revolutionary War history, is well delineated--from the country club where the caddies are the put-upon proles and the golfers are judged by their tips, to teenage parties where a kid like Jim straddles the social barrier. Episodes rich in laughter include a double date Jim goes on with an upper-class girl in a d‚class‚ Cadillac rescued from a pond and imperfectly restored (a little problem with the brakes). There is also a wonderfully evocative holiday on the hot, relentlessly sunny Jersey shore suddenly cooled by the draft leading in lockstep to Vietnam. The one drawback here is that Jim is so normal that his attitudes offer few surprises. Although covering familiar territory--small-town America and a young man moving from childhood certainties to the ambiguities of adult life--first-novelist Noonan (the nonfiction Neuro, 1989) writes so well that it's worth the trip. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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