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Dead Solid Perfect Paperback – April 18, 2000
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Praise for Dead Solid Perfect:
"This is vintage Jenkins--profane, outrageous, and sharp-eyed in its parody of the overblown world of big-time golf. It is also distinguished by a climactic golf match that may be the funniest scene he's ever written."
"Dan Jenkins is the nearest thing to Ring Lardner this generation has ever seen. No one has captured the essential lunacy of the twentieth-century sports (and TV) scene as accurately and hilariously as this."
--Los Angeles Times
"Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the 'bidness.'"
From the Inside Flap
Don Imus said it best: "Dan Jenkins is a comic genius." And nowhere is that genius more evident than in Dead Solid Perfect, his uproarious 1974 novel about life on the PGA Tour. To some, Kenny Lee Puckett, the star of Jenkins's ribald saga, is a more important figure in the history of golf than Bobby Jones himself.
Top Customer Reviews
I have no doubt that this book could have been written this year and still rings true, although maybe not all the dope smoking.
Like many of Jenkins' books, the story revolves around the Texas mystique and a man who can ace his avocation but fail miserably in his personal life. This book mixes enough politics, gambling, golf and sex to become one of the funniest books out there.
Jenkins' style is love-him-or-hate-him, but you if like this one, you'll be searching more used bookstores for other books that are out-of-print.
Jenkins is no liberal - his politics are straight out of the south. Having said that, the most sympathetic character in this book is a liberal woman, so I wouldn't call Dan Jenkins prejudiced.
What really comes through in this book is Jenkins' love of sport, and golf in particular, and for people who live life to the full without preaching, or listening to preachers. It's also a gripping story which will appeal to sports fans who must always stay to bitter end, just in case the sport offers up a million-to-one surprise ending, so that they can tell their grandchildren: "I was there".
The most important thing about Jenkins is that you feel that he cares - about his characters, and about sport. It's nice to have a bit of passion in a book, and maybe passion is by definition politically incorrect.
Dan Jenkins is an original wit, a sports writing sage, and a literary hero.
I downloaded the book to reread a scene so that I can recall it in front of a large crowd of people next month in Seattle. And I caught myself laughing hard while trying not to cry as I reread the damn thing all the way to the end.
The book is pure genius. Dan Jenkins is a Texas Treasure. Buy the damn thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A perfect choice for me as I am an avid golfer living on a golf course. A lot of golf humor. I have seen the movie version and it was very entertaining.Published 3 days ago by David F
If you follow golf at all, you will get a kick out of this book. While profane, it is hilarious!Published 1 month ago by Don King
This was fun golf history. Great insights into some of the pros of yesteryear. Just a great read!Published 4 months ago by James H. Foy
Dan Jenkins writes like cars crashing on the highway: You want to look away, but can’t.
The world of professional golf gets skewered in this intemperate, bawdy, and... Read more
The commentary on people is the real value of this novel. The telling of tournament is a fun way to introduce a cast of characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles J. Parker
I've lived in Texas for about 6 years now and this book is filled with so many of characters the characters I've run across on and off Texas golf courses. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mauricio J. Arguello