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Review: Golf in the Kingdom

Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews

One day in June 1956 Michael Murphy, founder-director of the Esalen Institute, played a memorable round of golf at the Burningbush course -- a fictitious name for reasons ""political and arcane"" -- located in County Fife, Scotland. His partner, whom he had not met previously nor seen since, was one Shivas Irons (real name), a reddish-haired, slightly buck-toothed, impish golf pro who was (or is -- Murphy's still searching for Shivas and hopes this book might draw him out) something of an Eastern mystic, knowledgeable about the little known Indian seer Aurobindo and given to trances. For many hours after their link-up, Shivas talked to young Michael (who appropriately was staying at The Druids' Inn) about the mysterious relationship between golf and life, or, as Shivas put it, ""the hidden meanin's o' gouf."" Whereupon our author learned such tommyrot as a hole-in-one is ""the flight of the alone to the lone,"" the swing reflects the soul, and that ""Enough golf springs you free"" (Michael asks, ""Free from what?"" -- the reply: ""From yer attachment to any point. Some part o' yet mind begins to sense the relativity o' things and the fertile void""). And you probably thought golf was for fogeys who wouldn't recognize Madame Blavatsky from a doomfreak. Way out.

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Review: Golf in the Kingdom

User Review  - Scott Pierson - Goodreads

Very good read - an awesome alegory! Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce Johnson - Goodreads

You don't have to be a golfer to appreciate this book. But you do have to understand there is an "internal" side to golf and life. Before I read this book I read several books on archery as I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Green - Goodreads

Does not move me as it has so many others. But if you enjoy the game it is a book worth your while. Read full review

Review: Golf in the Kingdom

User Review  - Goodreads

A thought-provoking, mystical book that I'll definitely listen to or read again. It reminded me a lot of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and I've since seen that others think so too. Read full review

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