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The Legend of Bagger Vance

by Steven Pressfield


From
Audiophile:

"Most people either love golf, or it bores them to death. Regardless of which category applies, every listener should enjoy Pressfield's novel about a 1931 golf match between Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, with local war hero Rannulph Junah as the third competitor. Bagger Vance, Junah's friend, mentor, and caddie, is the key to the match because Vance holds the secret to the perfect swing and life's other contemplations. Barrett Whitener's reading evokes the sense of life in this Georgia town, its good and bad. What makes this book special is the way Whitener transfers this page-turner into a performance the listener never wants to stop. The book and movie received excellent reviews; this rendition adds to those well-deserved kudos. D.J.S. AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title."

From Library Journal:

"Pressfield's mix of golf and mysticism centers on a mythical 1931 match between Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, and a Savannah, GA, champion. The local hero, a shell-shocked World War I survivor, plays the two legends head to head and meets the gallery's scorn and praise with the assistance of a young boy and the wise and mysterious caddie Bagger Vance. Through the ups and downs of the game, Vance uses golf to enlighten the hero, allowing him to find his true self through the "authentic swing." In turn, the grown boy uses the story to help a troubled young man. Read by Barrett Whitener, this excellent audiobook is recommended for all collections. Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. at Parkersburg."

And from Book Description:

"The time: 1931. The place: the golf links at Krewe Island off Savannah's windswept Atlantic shore. The event: a mesmerizing thirty-six-hole match in which Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, legends of golf in their own time, are joined by an unsung opponent, the troubled war hero Rannulph Junah. The key to the outcome lies not with these titans of the game but with Bagger Vance, a caddie who carries the secret of the Authentic Swing. His mysterious powers guide the play and leave a lasting imprint, not only on the lives he touches on that day so long ago, but also--sixty years later--on the future of a brilliant but discouraged young medical student.


Pressfield's mix of golf and mysticism centers on a mythical 1931 match between Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, and a Savannah, GA, champion. The local hero, a shell-shocked World War I survivor, plays the two legends head to head and meets the gallery's scorn and praise with the assistance of a young boy and the wise and mysterious caddie Bagger Vance. Through the ups and downs of the game, Vance uses golf to enlighten the hero, allowing him to find his true self through the "authentic swing." In turn, the grown boy uses the story to help a troubled young man. Read by Barrett Whitener, this excellent audiobook is recommended for all collections. Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. at Parkersburg."

 

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