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Esalen Institute founder Michael Murphy's divine meditation on the royal and ancient game defied categorization when it was first published in 1972, and it still does. Instantly hailed as a classic, Golf in the Kingdom is an altogether unique confluence of fiction, philosophy, myth, mysticism, enchantment, and golf instruction. The central character is a wily Scotsman named Shivas Irons, a golf professional by vocation and a shaman by design, whom Murphy, as participant in his own novel, meets in 1956 on the links of Burningbush, in Fife. The story of their round of golf together culminates in a wild night of whiskey and wisdom where, as Shivas demonstrates how the swing reflects the soul, their golf quite literally takes on a metaphysical glow. The events alter not only Murphy's game, but they also radically alter his mind and inner vision; it's truly unforgettable. For a golfer, Murphy's masterpiece is as essential as a set of clubs. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I need to read this book once a year. Every time I read it my play gets better but then mystery leaks out so I need a refill.Published 1 month ago by Robert Read
Had heard so many good things about this book but it did not live up to my expectations. Enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Stephen Griffiths
This tome, part novel, part golf training guide, part review of world religions needs to be read and read again. Beware, you will never think about golf the same way again.Published 2 months ago by George Elgart
If you are going to get the audio book here, make sure you get this original version. The narrator does a far superior job than the narrator of the second edition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul McGrath
We have not yet watched the movie, but hope it will follow the book.Published 4 months ago by Lynn Nilsen
I consider Murphy's book as my "Golf Bible", therefore I have read this book through almost on an annual basis over the past decade. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Combs