'It's not about golf,' said the student to this teacher.
At that moment, I determined to read this book. So, this was my first free choice of a book this summer and I enjoyed it.
First things first. You do not have to understand golf to understand the book. The golf match is merely the vehicle to move the story forward. When Bagger Vance encourages his pupil to find his 'authentic swing' I simply inserted my own experiences with baseball to understand the feeling.
Secondly, the book is full of eastern philosophy. It's an interesting dichotomy - the American South during the Great Depression and Hinduism. Search 'Bhagavid-Gita, Bagger Vance' on the search engine of your choice and you'll find it laid out quite nicely on many, many sites.
So, my final grade: 4 stars. Not Pressfield's best work but still quite interesting and well done.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life by Steven Pressfield.
Reviewed on June 4, 2006.