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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565129784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565129788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dodson’s lack of pretense and his wealth of conviviality give readers a sense of investment in the man and his modest work, which is long on sentiment but not extravagantly so. A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained." –Kirkus

(Golf Today)

"What do you get when you combine an engaging rites of passage story together with interesting golf history as relayed by a skilled storyteller? The answer would be A Son of the Game by James Dodson . . . A great gift for the golfing father or son." —Golf Today
(The Raleigh News and Observer)

"In his warm, personal new book, A Son of the Game, James Dodson brings together the charm of both the game and the place in a story that you need not be a golfer to appreciate  . . . Dodson's gift is in feeling and sharing the attachment to a game that is as bewitching as it is maddening . . . [His] book is time well spent. It captures the spirit of a game and a place that has captured so many of us." —The Raleigh News and Observer
(BookPage)

"A magical memoir of midlife crisis, teenage uncertainty and the power of a legacy gently handed down." —BookPage
(Kirkus Reviews)

"Dodson’s lack of pretense and his wealth of conviviality give readers a sense of investment in the man and his modest work, which is long on sentiment but not extravagantly so. A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained." –Kirkus



“Draws on the deep, near archetypal feelings that dedicated golfers have for the game, its history, and their own connections to the fathers and mentors who first put clubs in their hands."—Booklist



“Painted in a glossy, buttery hue of such vintage nostalgia that it’s all the reader can do by the end to not immediately light out for the central North Carolina hill country.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

James Dodson's bestselling Final Rounds was named the Golf Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf in 1996. He is the author of six other books, including the acclaimed biography Ben Hogan: An American Life. He lives with his family in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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By Keelmeister on September 4, 2013
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You have to be a lover of the game to appreciate this book. Good thought line, but drags from time to time.
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I don't have a son, but my 14 year old daughter has become my golfing buddy. I can relate to this book as I watch her fall in love with the game.
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By Jack on August 24, 2012
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I enjoyed Dodson's writing style immensely. It reads like a personal letter to you the reader or a comfortable conversational story. I have his autographed prior book about golfing in Scotland with his dad but haven't read it yet.
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By JJB33 on February 9, 2011
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Overall, I think this is a very good book. I have only a couple of minor issues. The first is that there is so much reference to the east coast states and the author's travels up and down between Maine and NC that I found myself trying to reference maps in order to get a sense of what his travels were like between his work locations, home, and rounds of golf (not from the area, so somewhat unfamiliar to someone who has never been)! Could have used some photos, maps, images to help paint the picture better of the area and some of the key spots referenced throughout the book. The second is that I thought there would be more about himself and his son then what there was; it could have been a bit more in depth about their relationship on and off the golf course, however, was good none the less.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NostalgiaLover on June 9, 2010
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I've read a few of James Dodson's books and I've found each to be about the same. The books are pleasant, well researched and believable but nothing compelling or especially interesting. I find very little passion, wit or anything deep or moving about his writing style. The best part of the book was toward the end when the author recounted his visits and conversations with "the King" (Arnold Palmer). At those times I felt like I was actually there listening to Arnie speak but otherwise for a story about the author's life, his family, his upbringing and his final return to his roots I felt the book to be rather dry.
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