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The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life Pressfield, Steven ( Author ) Jun-01-1996 Paperback (French) Paperback – 1 Jun 1996


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (1 Jun 1996)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2286116318
  • ISBN-13: 978-2286116316
  • ASIN: B001ICKNHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Steven Pressfield is a bestselling historical novelist whose books include the classic Gates of Fire, Alexander: The Virtues of War The Afghan Campaign and Killing Rommel. He lives in Los Angeles.

His official website is www.stevenpressfield.com

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 1999
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TheReader23 on 16 April 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a sucker for wanting to read a book before seeing the movie and actually finished this one a few hours before I left for the theater. What I particularly enjoyed in my reading was being able to picture Matt Damon and Will Smith in the starring roles. For the first time ever, though, I enjoyed the movie more than the book. In reading through a number of Amazon reviews, I note that most of the 5 star reviews are given by those who love the game of golf even if it doesn't love them at times.
I am not a golfer so I found all the paragraphs devoted to the perfect swing, the right club and every other minute nuance of golf to be quite boring and tedious. I did, however, enjoy the lessons on life taught by Bagger Vance to anyone who would listen.
The overall story is good. In order to save Krewe Island Golf Club from going under during the depression, the owner comes up with the wonderful idea of having a first class golf match between professional golfers Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. Unfortunately, the founding fathers of this great Southern city of Savannah will not support it unless one of their own golfers gets to compete. They choose Rannulph Junah, who once was a great golfer in his own right -- before he went off to fight in the war and returned a troubled man who likes to drink heavily. He initially refuses to compete but Bagger Vance convinces him otherwise. He helps Rannulph to reconnect with his "authentic swing" -- the swing that is ours alone -- the swing that each person is born with. At this point I'm thinking that every golfer out there is loving this. But Bagger Vance's message is farther reaching than just finding your authentic swing. While you're there, find your authentic self -- the one you were born with before you were deluded by life's experiences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sep 1996
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1996
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the finest books I have ever read! The author does an outstanding job of integrating the mental, metaphysical, and human aspects of both the game of golf and life itself into this book. If you are a golfer with a spiritual and/or metaphysical side this is a must read! If you liked Golf in the Kingdom, you will absolutely love this book!
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