Title: GOLF IN THE KINGDOM
Publisher: Viking Press, New York
Publication Date: 1972
Book Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket Condition: very good
[xiv], 205p. Price clipped jacket back lightly soiled with a tear at top edge and corners worn. An Esalen Book. Jacket painting by Andrew Rhodes. Includes a bibliography. (8-5/8"x5-3/4") inventory number is H11486. Bookseller Inventory # G2113
Synopsis: A new deluxe edition of a golf classic by the director and co-founder of the Esalen Institute recounts the author's encounter with the mystical golf pro Shivas Iron and explains the philosophical truths to be gained from playing golf. 15,000 first printing.
Review: 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, it is part novel, part philosophy, part myth, part mysticism, part enchantment, part golf instructional, and is altogether unique. This confluence of sports and the supernatural looks at both life and golf from the inside out. The book's central character is a wily Scotsman named Shivas Irons, a golf professional by vocation, and a shaman by design, who Murphy, as participant in his own novel, meets on the links of Burningbush, in 1956 Fife. The story of their round of golf together culminates in a wild night of whiskey and wisdom where their golf quite literally takes on a metaphysical glow as Shivas explains how the swing reflects the soul. It alters not only Murphy's game, it also radically alters his mind and inner vision--and it's truly unforgettable. For a golfer, Golf in the Kingdom is as essential as a set of clubs.
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