Golf in the Kingdom

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Penguin Arkana, Oct 1, 1997 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Since its first publication, Golf in the Kingdom has been recognized as a classic work on the deeper mysteries of golf-a gospel of those who suspect, or know, that golf is more than a mere pastime.A young man en route to India stops in Scotland to play at the legendary Burningbush golf club and in twenty-four hours, his life is transformed. Paired with a mysterious teacher named Shivas Irons, he is led through a round of phenomenal golf, swept into a world where extraordinary powers are unleashed in a a backswing governed by true gravity. A night of adventure and revelation follow, and lead to a glimpse of Seamus MacDuff, the holy man who haunts a ravine off Burningbush's thirteenth fairway-one they call Lucifer's Rug.Murphy's account reveals the possibilities for transcendence that resides in the human soul, and through mystic-philosopher Shivas Irons, the reader, like Murphy, becomes drawn into new worlds by this ancient and haunting game.

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User Review  - pamplemousse - LibraryThing

Proof that you can never go back. I read this over twenty years ago, and thought it was brilliant, "it changed my life", etc. This time round, I found it trite and badly written. Ah well, I guess reading has as much to do with the reader as with the book. Read full review

Golf in the Kingdom

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This book offers a view of golf in a more philosophical and even mystical light. This 25th-anniversary edition includes additional reflections by Murphy. Though golf is definitely a fanatic's game, half of this is written for laughs. Read full review

Contents

SHIVAS IRONS
3
golf in the kingdom
13
singing the praises of golf
36
seamus macduffs baffing spoon
72
we are all kites in that wind
96
epilogue
121
THE GAMES HIDDEN
133
THE INNER BODY
144
A golfers ZODIAC
160
THE RULES OF THE GAME AND
168
THE PLEASURES OF PRACTICE
174
SHIVAS IRONS HISTORY OF THE WESTERN
190
RELATIVITY AND THE FERTILE VOID
198
HUMANS HAVE TWO SIDES OR DUALISM
206
SPRING 1997 THE SUBLIME
214
A BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR
221

SOME NOTES ON TRUE GRAVITY
152
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About the author (1997)

Michael Murphy, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has followed technology stocks for over 30 years. He founded and edits the California Technology Stock Letter, a nationally-known investment advisory newsletter specializing in electronics and medical technology stocks. He is the Chief Investment Officer of Murphy Investment Management, a registered investment adviser managing the Murphy New World no-load technology mutual funds. He authored the best-selling business book, Every Investor's Guide to High-Tech Stocks and Mutual Funds. He set the world land speed record for Class I/E electric cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and works and lives in Half Moon Bay, California. Marc Robinson is co-founder of Internet-based moneytours.com, a personal finance resource for corporations, universities, credit unions, and other institutions interested in helping their constituents make intelligent decisions about their financial lives. He wrote the original The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Markets, created The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance, co-published a personal finance series with Time Life Books, and wrote a children's book about onomatopoeia in different languages. In his two decades in the financial service industry, Marc has provided marketing consulting to many top Wall Street firms. He is admitted to practice law in New York State.

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