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The lovely Scottish voice of John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral) attracted me to this audiobook, which is a fantastic tale of golf and spirituality - a young man travels to Scotland to play a famous course and falls under the tutelage of the local golf pro / guru. I'm not a golfer but you don't have to know too much about the game to follow the book. I found the philosophy a bit new age for my liking, but still an enjoyable listen.
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Great narrator. Even better story line
Was referred by a friend as a book but Audible did it justice
This book is really well written and an enjoyable read. It definitely has some literary merit. It is also a great reminder of the spiritual side of golf, as well as a call not to think of the game as Western culture thinks of the world: overly technical, scientistic, or mechanistic. Great golf, Murphy suggests, does not boil down to technique. Instead, it is a microcosm of the world, life, psychology; it is a chance to improve yourself along with your game, or at least a chance to better understand yourself. It's almost a hymn to the poetry of the game with some great poetry of its own.
That said, it spends a lot of time - too much for me - on mysticism, what it calls "true gravity," para psychology, metaphysics (not the stuff of Western philosophy but the stuff of crystals and astrology), self help, and so forth. In that sense, it's almost like its theme (golf) is secondary and inconsequential to the main substance of the book (basically, I'm guessing whatever they teach at the Esalen Institute, which was co-founded by the author). I bet the author could have written the same exact book about any other sport or mystical experience.