Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: Downswing

Downswing by Randy Attwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Fiction/Self-discovery Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: A lone golfer discovers the fusion between the mechanical physics of golf and the feeling of the soul.

My Thoughts: This is the latest short story from Randy Attwood and will bring me up-to-date again with his works. I like to stay abreast of Randy’s writings, because he has such a terrific and interesting style, each book unique but containing a familiar voice. Now, I had to wonder exactly how he would make golf interesting, especially in just eight pages, but I shouldn’t have worried. Listen to this description of placing a ball on a tee: And eighteen times this easy gesture, this stooping over with the tee between the fingers, the ball hidden, protected in the perspiring palm, the insertion into ground the wooden link to earth the ball would soon be contacting – all this, for me, had given the gesture a quality of sacredness. Isn’t that gorgeous? The story is full of beautiful prose like that.

”It’s just a stupid game,” my wife had always told me. How could I explain it was more than just a game...It was the celebration of a kind of mystery; the fusion of the mechanics of physics and the feeling of soul. That quote sort of covers the overall idea behind the story. There is also a subtext regarding the golfer coming to terms with a change in his life, but I won’t go into details on that to avoid spoilers.

An absolutely gorgeous story, voluptuous descriptions that just beg for someone to paint the scenes in oils. Who thought that a short story about golf could be so intense, so vivid and so engaging - I literally walked out to the mailbox with my Kindle in my hand, reading. You don’t want to miss this latest from Randy Attwood – go get it, and his other works while you’re at it. You really won’t regret it.

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