Golf is a game that many rich men play, along with business and politics. The technicalities involved are complex and the competitions are almost thrilling, if it were not for the lack of a hollering audience, not like politics. That would be very distracting though, so it is no wonder golf competitions are in wide fields and not in stadiums.
These are the people who carry around the clubs that the player needs to use. In a sense this job can somehow be considered as a sidekick of sorts. David Irwin has written a more poignant perspective about the game in a book called The Last Caddy who happens to be the main protagonist, Frank Carter.
Golf is something that has always been around, but due to its exclusive nature, the game is not widely played among the masses. This makes the whole perspective interesting. The game often takes place in a country club where rich people celebrate their wealth. That is bound to have very interesting stories especially with the perspective of the more modest, Frank Carter.
The protagonist knows all the golfers regardless of what they were like. And while people are generally different, seeing them under the microscope of being their caddy, is something else. Maybe there is even the chance to come across the proverbial bourgeois fascist character from the country club.
Another character mentioned in the synopsis is Tommy Wilson. He is a young man to whom Frank, the old, almost retiring caddy shares his stories to. The plot also revolves around Frank not getting as many gigs in his job due to golf carts. Yes, replaced by an inanimate object. Somehow the concept is very reminiscent of how technology will eventually render human work and service obsolete.
The sport is slowly dying, honestly. It is expensive and the ones who go to country clubs are mostly older people. The only ones from the younger generation who may even consider playing golf are those who live on a trust fund from probably really posh families. Even those kids are starting to have biases against the matter since the sport has been dubbed very patriarchal and in this generation that means offensive.
The fact that the protagonists recalls his past experiences bring a very nostalgic tinge to the story, which can be quite addicting. There is still beauty in the eventual death of golf, and for frank, his caddying career. Fond memories were recalled with both heart and humor, making the novel a great read even for those who know nothing about the game.
Frank, the protagonist, has done a great job in reminiscing his story in a poignant manner that would even make non golf readers chuckle. This book is probably the closest thing anyone has to experiencing the life being smack dab in the middle of the lifestyle involved in playing the sport. For those who used to play the game, the resemblance in the protagonists stories would stir a longing to play again.
It is more likely that most who would be able to relate to the stories that the protagonists tells are those who are of a more mature age. Since golf popularity has been decreasing, the cultural historical relevance that it can hold may be useful in the future. There may still be people who can play the sport out of leisure given that this might likely just be the elite of society.
Read the book The Last Caddy from David Irwin. If you are a fan of golf, make sure you visit the website of this publisher at http://burnhampub.com.
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