Title: Golf in the Kingdom [First Edition]
Publisher: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fair
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition
Spine is cocked, bumping and light chipping along book covers with heavy foxing and soiling along page edges. Bumping/chipping/creasing, denting, rubbing and soiling along DJ covers. Fair condition. Moderate to heavy shelf wear or edge wear on covers and spine. Books in Fair condition most likely will have markings or highlights on pages or binding defects. Good condition Dust Jacket Included. DJ has light to moderate shelf wear, rubbing. (KK74). Bookseller Inventory # 100133634
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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