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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770437184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770437183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for John Dunn’s Loopers
 
"Author John Dunn could have made his memoir of life on the links the literary equivalent of nine holes: Drop some A-list names, recall some Caddyshack-worthy shenanigans, then head to the clubhouse. Instead, he made a full round of his peripatetic tale, elegantly capturing not only the breathtaking views along the world’s top courses but the inner landscape of the players irresistibly drawn to the game.”
—American Way

"[A]n engaging and surprisingly gritty approach to the sport's literature."
—Bookpage

"Will appeal to fans of the Caddyshack films and to those who revere the wisdom of the locker room."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Dunn found a vigorous and vital way of life which comes through clearly in his words. He caddies with no anticipation of wealth but at the same time it’s clear he knows of the job’s compensating values - walking through nature and playing golf courses, some of which are as beautiful as any place in the world."
—BunkerShot

Loopers is a wildly original journey through the golf world, and a fascinating glimpse into the secret lives of caddies. John Dunn is the perfect tour guide—by turns droll and introspective, imbued with a reverence for the game and a heroic wanderlust that takes him to many of golf's sacred spots. Reading this wonderful book made me want to fall in love with golf again...and to hit the road, in search of the adventure and self-discovery that Dunn found.” 
Alan Shipnuck, author of Bud, Sweat & Tees and co-author of The Swinger

“John Dunn turns toting the golf bags of the rich into an evocative and often very funny meditation on class and purpose. The serendipity he prizes about caddying turns out, as he slides into middle age, to be doubtful compensation for a more conventional career. The mixed blessings of vagabondage, and Dunn's slow-motion struggle with his disapproving father, give his memoir its tense and mournful gravity.”
Tad Friend, author of Cheerful Money
 
“Is caddying a vocation or a permanent vacation?  John Dunn has an amazing talent to get the reader to ‘enter the writer’s tent’ and imagine you’re right there with him in St. Andrews, at Bandon Dunes, at Shinnecock, at Olympic.  It’s a trip work taking.”
Mike Keiser, Owner, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

About the Author

JOHN DUNN is a writer whose work has appeared in number magazines including The Golfer and Travel and Leisure Golf.   For twenty years he worked as a caddy at golf courses around the world.  His "research" for this book was collected over the years on courses and beaches and in bars all across the country and abroad.

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The stories he tells are funny and the book has a good flow to it(there isn't a section that suddenly slows down or becomes dull).
BigStory
Any golfer will enjoy this book Loopers - A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey as it fill you in on a whole new aspect of golfing other than playing your own game.
Letta Meinen
The book is extremely easy reading, unfailingly interesting, and, whilst greater interest to golfers, is one that can be enjoyed by anyone.
Julia A. Andrews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on April 30, 2013
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Hall VINE VOICE on April 11, 2013
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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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia A. Andrews VINE VOICE on May 15, 2013
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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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Baumeister VINE VOICE on May 25, 2013
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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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