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Golf in the Kingdom - Special Limited Edition

Murphy, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0385283571 / ISBN 13: 9780385283571
Published by Viking Penguin, New York, 1994
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Special limited edition of 500, this is copy #269. Bound in fine leather and signed by Michael Murphy on the presentation page. Stamped and gilded in 24-carat golf and has a satin marker ribbon with silk moire endpapers. Also comes with the original handmade slipcase and gift box. A fictional account regarding mysticism and golf with Seamus MacDuff. D & J M38860. We specialize in golf books. Bookseller Inventory # 001843

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Title: Golf in the Kingdom - Special Limited ...

Publisher: Viking Penguin, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Since its first publication, Golf in the Kingdom has been recognized as a classic work on the deeper mysteries of golf—a gospel of those who suspect, or know, that golf is more than a mere pastime.A young man en route to India stops in Scotland to play at the legendary Burningbush golf club and in twenty-four hours, his life is transformed. Paired with a mysterious teacher named Shivas Irons, he is led through a round of phenomenal golf, swept into a world where extraordinary powers are unleashed in a a backswing governed by true gravity. A night of adventure and revelation follow, and lead to a glimpse of Seamus MacDuff, the holy man who haunts a ravine off Burningbush's thirteenth fairway—one they call Lucifer's Rug.Murphy's account reveals the possibilities for transcendence that resides in the human soul, and through mystic-philosopher Shivas Irons, the reader, like Murphy, becomes drawn into new worlds by this ancient and haunting game.

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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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