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The American Golfer Paperback – June 9, 2010
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About the Author
Anthony Robinson, the author of six novels, grew up in the Maverick Art Colony in Woodstock, NY. He graduated from Andover and Columbia, served three years in the US Navy as a junior grade lieutenant, published his first novel, A Departure From the Rules, in 1960. He joined the English faculty at SUNY New Paltz, where he taught for 30 years. He is currently working on a new novel called The Floodplain. He and his wife Tatiana make their home in New Paltz and New York City.
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So it was with a bit of trepidation that I picked up this book, but I'm happy to report that the discussion of golf in this novel does just one of two things: it either moves the overall story line along, or it educates the reader about the game in a highly entertaining way. It is obvious that the author knows a lot about the game, and almost despite myself I found it made for interesting reading and wasn't preachy. Nowhere do you get the feeling that the author is trying to proselytize for the sport.
Most importantly, I got caught up in the characters: Charlie Kingston, the golfer, and the two female protagonists, Lora and Fiona, all of whom are nicely crafted.
There is also political intrigue in this story, with a small Irish town made uneasy by the ongoing saga pitting Catholic vs Protestant Ireland.
I recommend this book highly; a very good summer read; obviously good for the legions of golfers out there, but also great for those like me, who just want a good story...
Book Review: "The American Golfer" by Anthony Robinson
August 4th, 2010 by Bob Fagan
Candidly I read "The American Golfer" as a favor to a friend who is the son of the author, Anthony Robinson. It's a rare fictional golf piece that entertains me, let alone moves me. "The American Golfer" did both. An easy and compelling read, I am delighted to offer a full endorsement of Mr. Robinson and his work.
While the setting is Ireland with the background of golf, for me "The American Golfer" is more about the movement of life and relationships, growth and love, and history that transcends the golf scene. If you are a golfer, you will understand and savor the knowledge and storytelling that Anthony Robinson offers and appreciate its main character. If you are not a golfer, that matters little. You may pick up a better understanding and appreciation for the game, and there is plenty of romantic and historical intrigue to attract you.
Set in 1998, the protagonist is Charlie Kingston, an American golf touring professional who after losing his daughter, his marriage, and his PGA TOUR Card goes on a hiatus to search for the gravesite of his great-grandmother in Ireland. In the process, Kingston discovers much more in the way of giving, romance, political intrigue, violence, and self-discovery. On at least two occasions he crosses the lines of acceptability, but also shows a good heart in many other circumstances, and eventually realizes that he cannot be bought and must be true to all. As interesting to me were Charlie's two female leads, Lora and Fiona, and the way their characters developed. As Charlie faces his golfing journey, he likewise follows the twists and turns of life. For me the most compelling message is that life is all about relationships and transitions and how we, like Charlie, follow its path and detours and move on.
Golf gets this story started, but Anthony Robinson is a talented storyteller with a message that for me transcends the game. At a time when golf novels usually bore me, "The American Golfer" entertained and moved me. Count me as a new Anthony Robinson fan and I'd love to see this tale as a movie though the screen may not match his storytelling. I am pleased to give "The American Golfer" a hearty and enthusiastic two thumbs up!
The book, "American Golfer," is available on www.amazon.com.
Calling "The American Golfer" a book about golf is akin to calling "Bull Durham" a movie about baseball. In fact, both are simply terrific stories intricately weaved around a particular game. "The American Golfer" revolves around world-class sport and all that comes with it, mixed equally with humor, mystery, intrigue, violent jealousy and passionate lust -- all set along the glorious, windswept links of Ireland. I picked up "The American Golfer" on a short plane ride back from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando -- and despite having been inundated with "all that is golf" for three consecutive days, I found I had completed half the book before my plane landed and I eagerly wrapped up the second half later that same evening. Robinson propels the action energetically yet effortlessly, and "The American Golfer" bounds toward a suspenseful and gripping climax upon which I found myself still reflecting days later.
Now, I am not only searching for Robinson's previous works, I am anxiously awaiting his next!
-Former senior editor LINKS Magazine, golf columnist Hilton Head Island Packet and current contributing writer, TheAPosition.com. BradKingWrites.com