Golf in the Kingdom Paperback – Oct 1 1997
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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.
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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.
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The book starts off with a tale of playing golf with a man called Chivas Irons, and this is ok. Then it wanders into of all things: physics! Mr. Murphy seems to feel that our current crop of physics P.H.D.s have it all wrong, and that they should come to him to get straightened out. He talks about "true gravity" and all sorts of stuff. Then there is a chapter called "We are all Kites in the Wind". Interesting analogy you say? No analogy, he means it! He states that we are all acutally kites in the wind! What is the evidence for this statement? None is given.
As you have probably guessed by now, this book isn't about golf. It's about...., ahhhh,...whatever - you tell me. If you are the sort of person who likes silly things, claiming that proves "open-mindedness" and "imagination", then you'll probably like this book. If you are looking for a book on golf instruction, you'll be bitterly dissappointed.
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I loved the description of the reasons to play golf. This is a beautiful enlightened story that reveals philosophical under pinning about the game in a very humorous and academic... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jim D MacMillan
I'm surprised by the range of ratings of this book (ostensibly about golf, and its mental aspects). The book has little to do with golf, although Murphy's description of his... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2011 by D. Lee
I don't care how many times I read this book, I always walk away with something new. If you enjoy philosophy in a modern context without going to "new-age", this is a... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Pedro Smith
First of all, brothers and sisters, this is just a pack of lies, he made it all up, it's a work of fiction. I think the author even admitted it later. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
As a scratch golfer and a Christian, I was very disappointed with both of this acclaimed book's topics: golfing and spirituality. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003
This book is great for the golfer and non-golfer alike. I read this book while traveling from Washington, DC to Chicago and needed something to read through Pennsylvania and Ohio. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by Joseph Valentine Dworak
I feel like I could read just about anything revolving around golf and I had heard a lot of good things about this book, so I entered with an open mind and just could not like it. Read morePublished on July 9 2002 by mmharrin
I read this book when it first came out and found it to be awe-inspiring. I've actually never read a book that has captivated me in the way in which this one has -- while reading... Read morePublished on May 8 2001
but this one just had to go. While this book offers tips on neither golf nor life it IS rife with stereotyping and lacking in continuity. Read morePublished on April 21 2001 by Matthew