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am 27. Juli 1999
It's either funny or sad that none of the reviews I've read about this book, either in print or on Amazon, recognize the source of this story: the Indian epic, the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told - and the Bhagavad Gita is given smack dab in the middle of it.
"The Legend of Bagger Vance" is a retelling of this epic, and a summary of the Bhagavad Gita, in a wonderful golf story. In the Mahabharata, Arjuna must fight a war against his step-brothers and cousins over possession of the kingdom. It is a righteous war, for he and his brothers are the heirs. But he refuses to fight, saying that war is futile and that it would be better to die than to fight one's family. So his charioteer, Lord Krishna, an incarnation of God, has to park the chariot and give him a really long lecture about why he should put aside his doubts, do his duty, and fight. Of course, it takes him the whole Bhagavad Gita to explain why this is a good thing to do, and it involves helping Arjuna understand who he really is, who God is, and what the nature of reality is. Along the way, he explains how to find peace in the midst of action, and to discover our true nature.
The Bhagavad Gita explains how to find union with God in the midst of daily life, and "The Legend of Bagger Vance" gives a very readable restatement of how to live a truly authentic life (and play great "golf" - whatever your form of "golf" is).
In "Legend," our hero, Rannulph Junah (R.Junah for those who like things spelled out) is a world-weary war veteran who is asked to play a game of golf with Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones. He reluctantly agrees, then tries to withdraw, saying that in a world torn apart by conflict and the Depression, it was futile, senseless, stupid, and insulting to hit a small dimpled ball around a course in yet one more form of combat. His caddy, Bagger Vance (Bhagavan, an honorific title for the Lord or for a spiritual master), then spends the rest of the story talking him through the 36-hole tournament, stripping away his confusion and delusion to help him find the truth of his Authentic Stroke and see the value of doing our inborn duty that life presents to us.
Does he succeed? Can we? Read this fun story and find out!
Afterwards, get Kamala Subramaniam's version of the "Mahabharata" and enjoy an even more interesting story.
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am 13. März 2000
I picked up a few golf books this Winter to get me into the spirit and look forward to the upcoming season. One of the books I picked up was recommended to me by a friend, "The Legend of Bagger Vance". I enjoyed this book as a reader and as a golfer.
The basic premise: can a golfer return to the game after a long absence, guided by a mystical caddie, to compete with a couple of the world's best competitors? As a golfer, I say no. When I haven't been playing for a while, it takes a lot more than my mental approach to get my game back on track.
This story takes you on a mystical journey on e legendary golf course on a foggy, windy island of the coast of Savannah. I always enjoy stories that take me to a different time using some actual characters of the day. The setting is one of the strong points of the book. This author does an excellent job describing the golf world in the early 1930s.
The real strength of the book is the mysterious Bagger Vance who encourages the lead character to transcend the physical world to overcome his golfing challenges. We all know how much golf is a mental game. This book takes it a step further. Forget about keeping your left arm straight, your head down, and your wrists firm, this book will remind you that there are "other" elements at play in the game of golf.
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am 22. März 2000
My father, an avid golfer, recommended "The legend of Bagger Vance" to me. As I picked it up and began to read, I expected nothing more than a simple innocent story about the underdog holding steady with the favorites in the golf match of a lifetime.
Three and a half hours later, I set the book down, sweat pouring down my face, hands numbly releasing the pages. "The Legend of Bagger Vance" is the most daring book I have ever read. In it, the entire face of reality is questioned, and cataclysmic issues are reopened over what appears to be a simple game of golf.
The plot is unimportant. What matters is the tone of the book. And believe me, it has tone.
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am 25. Februar 1999
If "Golf in the Kingdom" did not exist, this would be merely a mildly entertaining read in the vein of the "Celestine Prophecy" -- harmless metaphysical pablum for the Ramtha crowd. Because "Golf in the Kingdom" does exist, however, this is such a blatant ripoff that I find it offensive. Literally every thought in this book -- and, indeed, some of the very language -- has been lifted from "Golf in the Kingdom." I am by no means a "Golf in the Kingdom" groupie, but at least it does what it does with a great deal more style and depth than this. The first half, before we launch into the Bagger Vance is God theme, is fairly entertaining and fast-paced. After that, adios. Spend your money on "Golf in the Kingdom" and "Bobby Jones on Golf" and you will have everything this book is trying to say, but said with a great deal more style, depth and authenticity. Rarely have I seen a more blatant ripoff of someone else's ideas. Some of the anachronistic details are also a bit off-putting to someone who really knows the game.
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am 21. Februar 2000
This book reminds me of my own golf swing: it starts out promising, straight and true. But as it progresses, it takes a wicked slice and ends up somewhere in the woods, leaving disappointment in its wake. It is the story of an evening's encounter between a wise and experienced doctor/golfer and his young protege. The protege is considering abandoning both his medical career and his attempt to improve his very impressive golf game. The older man, hoping to intervene, begins with a story about a remarkable golf match long ago ... . The tale of the golf match is riveting and fascinating. I won't spoil it for you. But at the end of the match, the writer takes his reader on a detour of mystical proportions, applying golf to life in an impossible way that stretches credulity. This part of the story brings forth the mental image of a punctured balata: under pressure, it doesn't hold up.
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am 2. Februar 2000
I read this book for two reasons: (1) I read Pressman's Gates of Fire novel and liked it; and (2) I'm an extremely mediocre golfer who was looking for some perspective. The book told a great story at the beginning and I like both of the central characters, as well as the fictional device that brought together Jones, Hagen and Judah for their match. Pressfield's writing during this section was clear and interesting. Where he lost me was in the middle stages of the book. Although I understand that golf is a game with overwhelming mental aspects, I found the psychological journey through "the Field" somewhat disorienting and felt that the characters lost their personalities as the book progressed. Ultimately, Pressfield pulls it all together for the finish, but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't struggle through portions of the book.
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am 27. November 1998
Bagger Vance, African-American, god-like guide to life and golf, challenges us to see God as black, life's challenges as musts, and golf as the analogy that links it all together. Golfers, like Tiger Woods, are judged on who they are, what they become, not their skin color. So it is with Bagger, who is the Lord of our lives, who loves us unconditionally, and who helps Rannulph Junah discover the secret of golf and the secret of life all at the same time. Soon to become a movie, this tale, that will star Robert Redford, is truly golf's "Natural." Golfers (like myself) and non golfers (like my wife)will be moved by the eternal teachings and truths taught by Bagger and Steven Pressfield's story. We should all be thankful to Steven Pressfield for his vision and caring.
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am 8. September 1996
Golf is the purest of sports because it requires even the weekend duffer to lose himself (and herself) in the "field." Golf cannot be successfully played by trying to do it. The golfer has to let go, surrender to the arising field of "world" and "mind." Pressfield has captured this most elusive of golf's mysteries in this marvelous little book.

The dedicated golfer will recognize the inherent truth in Bagger Vance's advice and counsel. The spiritual initiate will recognize the timeless "person" who is Bagger Vance. Golf and the Guru; what a combination.

The question I was left with was, Did Krishna play golf with Arjuna
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am 25. Juli 1996
For anyone who plays golf and embraces life with the concept
of a loving benevolent God, you not only must read this book
by Steven Pressfield, you must own it. Through prose that will
both captivate and move you, Pressfield tells the wonderful
story of a fictitious golf match between Bobby Jones, Walter
Hagen and a local war hero from South Georgia in the 1930s.
Accompanying the war hero is Bagger Vance, a mysterious black
man who turns out to be much more than a simple caddy. You
won't be able to put this down, but when you finally do after
the last page, you'll feel blessed for having read it.
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am 23. Oktober 1999
I may not have picked up this book, if they were not filming the story in Savannah at this moment. It would have been a monumental loss to have missed this read.
The name "Bobby Jones" is still renowned as a Georgia hero. I never really understood the awe of this man till this book. Bobby Jones reclaimed "honor" for the South in the world scope by his victories on the field and his behavior in all circles.
LEGEND follows a Savannah WWI hero who needs to search his soul to reclaim his honor. He does so on the 18th hole, which is aptly named Valor.
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