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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Final Rounds by James Dodson. James Dodson always felt closest to his father while they were on the links.
So it seemed only appropriate when his father learned he had two months to live that they would set off on the golf journey of their dreams to play the most famous courses in the world. Final Rounds takes us to the historic courses of Royal Lytham and Royal Birkdale, to the windswept undulations of James Dodson always felt closest to his father while they were on the links. Final Rounds takes us to the historic courses of Royal Lytham and Royal Birkdale, to the windswept undulations of Carnoustie, where Hogan played peerlessly in '53, and the legendary St.
Andrews, whose hallowed course reveals something of the eternal secret of the game's mysterious allure over pros and hackers alike.
Throughout their poignant journey, the Dodsons humorously reminisce and reaffirm their love for each other, as the younger Dodson finds out what it means to have his father also be his best friend. Final Rounds is a book never to be forgotten, a book about fathers and sons, long-held secrets, and the lessons a middle-aged man can still learn from his dad about life, love, and family. Final Rounds is a tribute to a very special game and the fathers and sons who make it so. Paperback , pages. Published October 1st by Bantam first published October 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Final Rounds , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Both of those points are on the mark. In Final Rounds, an especially well-written book, a son shares the admirable loving relationship he enjoyed with his dying father, and the role golf played in their lives. That trip itself takes a back seat to hearing about the bond golf developed in them through their lives together, and certainly in the ending chapters taking place after that trip was over.
But the artistry in the crafting of the writing throughout — again, most prevalent in the beginning and ending sections — makes this a particularly wonderful memoir. It helped me to reflect on what golf was in our lives as father and son, so much different from the book, and brought me to realize I must document that soon. I've had this book on my shelves for years, and finally settled down to what I suspected might be quite a sad read. It was the story of a son taking his dying father to share games of golf around the great British courses of his youth.
It was quite well balanced, not too schmaltzy, and pondered the lives that we lead for better or worse. And the games of golf we play, for better or worse. What spoiled it all a bit, was when I felt the author tried to force his prose into some h I've had this book on my shelves for years, and finally settled down to what I suspected might be quite a sad read. What spoiled it all a bit, was when I felt the author tried to force his prose into some higher plane, quoting Aristotle or Plato as if to show that he was a "serious" writer as opposed to the golfing hack that was his day job.
It didn't add anything, but instead made me feel how self-conscious this exercise was, as if he was strolling the fairways with his dad looking for the moments that would link these episodes to something more philosophical than just hitting a wee white ball with sticks. It wasn't a bad read, but I think I'll be struggling to remember one scene remotely similar to the way Blake Morrison managed to shock the reader into linking life and death on the day his own father died.
Apr 27, Eric Olson rated it it was amazing.
A better golf book there never was. I laughed and cried, often at the same time. So good I wrote a letter to the author many, many years ago and re-created a similar golf trip with my Dad although we only made it to central Wisconsin. Jul 02, Kim StClair rated it it was amazing. Made me want to learn more about the great old courses in England and Scotland, but was so much more than a "golf book.
I want my husband and dad to read this!! Sep 13, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 01, Anna Ligtenberg rated it really liked it. ISBN - I started reading this book hoping for the touching story of the father and son and was vaguely disappointed. Not to say the story isn't there, because it is in it's own way, but the golf far overshadows Dodson and his father, making this a far better book for golf fans than non-fans.
James Dodson and his father finally get around to planning that dream trip: Just before they are to leave, his father calls with bad news - the trip will have ISBN - I started reading this book hoping for the touching story of the father and son and was vaguely disappointed. Just before they are to leave, his father calls with bad news - the trip will have to be postponed because the cancer of years ago is back.
The author understands how golf can bring two people together. The story of a father and son. Yes, I know your dad who seems like an awesome guy is dying, and yes, it's awful that the fi I got this as a gift from our graphic designer. Brady apparently wasn't even quite sure how Ted's beloved 26th Infantry Regiment was organized, doing back and forth between describing it as a "regiment correct and a "battalion often describing it as the "26th Battalion". This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Thanks, Linda, for the recommendation! His valor and leadership on Utah Beach became the stuff of legends—and earned him the Medal of Honor.
With a small laugh, the man Dodson calls "Opti the Mystic" tells him the prognosis: Dodson realizes that this means that the trip may never happen, but another call comes soon after and the trip is on. There are conditions and one of them is that when his father says it's time to go home, it's time to go home, no argument.
Opti has "things to do", clearly the tying up of loose ends in his life. The men set out on the golf trip of a lifetime and, honestly, will bore the non-golf-fan cross-eyed with the details of games and players. If you've gotten that far, barrel through - the point of the book isn't the game, or the courses, it's the relationship between father and son.
Golf is just the medium in which they relate to one another. Knowing, all along, that Opti is going to die doesn't detract from the sorrow when the time comes and, oddly, his death doesn't detract from the happier side of the story. Opti the Mystic, with an eye always for the silver lining, gives his son some incredible gifts and Dodson does his best to share them with the reader. I'm not a fan of golf and found myself just skimming very big sections of the book. The stories OFF the course were far more interesting and I wish they'd been given more ink, but Final Rounds is still a very good book.
Mar 16, Gary Potratz rated it liked it. The author understands how golf can bring two people together. A friend recommended this book to me and I thought it may be depressing and sad but found it to be touching and thought provoking. The emotions involved here with the game are very real and very powerful. For two family members, in this case, a father and son playing golf to get in touch with each other, speaks volumes about the game itself.
The father has only a short time to live, and decides to spend time with his son while playing The author understands how golf can bring two people together. The father has only a short time to live, and decides to spend time with his son while playing golf. This is what this game can do to people. In his book, James brings the two together with brilliancy.
Golfers who love the game so much will understand. I was fortunate to get to play golf with my dad before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at a beautiful course in Arizona called Trilogy. This book brought back all of those memories and made me think back to all of the lessons my dad taught me over the years. The author brings together history, emotions and life experiences which become priceless as you reach the final chapter of this wonderful book.
Jan 27, Allen Steele rated it really liked it Shelves: A father's love for the game of golf. A dying father cancer takes a trip with his son to the golf courses of old. Where he learned to play as a pilot in WWII. My father loved golf. I only played one round with him, however; when I think of him I think of our round. But this book and that round showed me the importance of making it count.
Everyday no matter what the score card reads. Apr 12, Miste rated it liked it. I actually really liked this book but only gave it 3 stars because I truly think you have to be just a little bit into golf to really like. It was a sweet story about a man who goes on an adventure to the golf mecca Scotland with his father who is dying of cancer. His father had also spent some time there during WW2 so there were stories about that as wel I actually really liked this book but only gave it 3 stars because I truly think you have to be just a little bit into golf to really like.
His father had also spent some time there during WW2 so there were stories about that as well as stories about his relationship with his dad and the character of his dad.
It was pretty well rounded but since the author is a golf writer there was alot of anecdotal stories about golf. It was a good read though--but then I like golf.
Maybe even if you didn't you would still like it, but it is hard for me to say because I'm biased. Feb 06, Christi rated it it was ok. I got this as a gift from our graphic designer. He gave us all random books from the dollar bin at the Strand, along with a gift card. It's certainly not a book I would have picked up, having never played golf besides the kind with windmills on the course, so I knew I'd be skimming over the more "golf-y" parts. But he answered his father, "Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him. The parable concludes with the father explaining that because the younger son had returned, in a sense, from the dead, celebration was necessary:. He was lost, and is found. This is the last of three parables about loss and redemption, following the parable of the Lost Sheep and the parable of the Lost Coin , that Jesus tells after the Pharisees and religious leaders accuse him of welcoming and eating with "sinners.
The request of the younger son for his share of the inheritance is "brash, even insolent"  and "tantamount to wishing that the father was dead. On the son's return, the father treats him with a generosity far more than he has a right to expect. The older son, in contrast, seems to think in terms of "law, merit, and reward",  rather than "love and graciousness.
The father, who represents the Heavenly Father, implies to the older son that his love for both sons is not dependent upon their perfection, but their willingness to return to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. The Eastern Orthodox Church traditionally reads this story on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son,  which in their liturgical year is the Sunday before Meatfare Sunday and about two weeks before the beginning of Great Lent. One common kontakion hymn of the occasion reads,. And now I cry to You as the Prodigal: I have sinned before You, O merciful Father; Receive me as a penitent and make me as one of Your hired servants.
In his apostolic exhortation titled Reconciliatio et paenitentia Latin for Reconciliation and Penance , Pope John Paul II used this parable to explain the process of conversion and reconciliation. Emphasizing that God the Father is "rich in mercy" and always ready to forgive, he stated that reconciliation is a gift on his part. He stated that for the Church her "mission of reconciliation is the initiative, full of compassionate love and mercy, of that God who is love. Of the thirty or so parables in the canonical Gospels, this was one of the four that were shown in medieval art almost to the exclusion of the others, but not mixed in with the narrative scenes of the Life of Christ the others were the Wise and Foolish Virgins , Dives and Lazarus , and the Good Samaritan.
From the Renaissance the numbers shown widened slightly, and the various scenes — the high living, herding the pigs, and the return — of the Prodigal Son became the clear favourite. Rembrandt depicted several scenes from the parable, especially the final episode, which he etched, drew, or painted on several occasions during his career. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the theme was a sufficiently popular subject that the Prodigal Son Play can be seen as a subgenre of the English morality play. Many of these adaptations added to the Biblical material to lengthen the story; for example, the film The Prodigal took considerable liberties, such as adding a temptress priestess of Astarte to the tale.
Oblique adaptations include that by the Reverend Robert Wilkins , who told the story of this parable in the song "Prodigal Son", which is probably best known as a cover version by the Rolling Stones on their album Beggar's Banquet. The British heavy metal band Iron Maiden recorded a song titled "Prodigal Son", based on the parable of the same name, which appeared on their second release, Killers , in U2 recorded a song titled "The First Time" on their album Zooropa.
While based on the parable, it presents the idea of an alternate ending to the story. It could be argued that Kelly Willard 's song, Make Me A Servant is based on what the son said to his father when he returned home. Detroit musician, Kid Rock , also recorded a song titled "Prodigal Son", which appeared on his second album The Polyfuze Method , in Kid Rock later re-recorded the track for his album The History of Rock. The Christian Rock trio BarlowGirl recorded the song "She Walked Away", influenced by the parable,  as part of their self-titled album.
Musician Dustin Kensrue wrote a song about the Prodigal Son entitled "Please Come Home" on the album of the same name released in The band Extreme recorded a song titled "Who Cares?
British Reggae band Steel Pulse recorded a song titled "Prodigal Son" on their debut album Handsworth Revolution , recreating the Biblical story as a Rastafarian parable. The Post-Hardcore band "Gideon" released a song called "Prodigal Son", which appeared on their second album Milestone. Christian rock outfit The Chinese Express opened and closed their release with a two part telling of the parable with songs titled "Said the son to the Father" and "Said the Father to the Son". Post-hardcore band "Jamie's Elsewhere" also released a song titled "Prodigal Son". English indie rock band alt-J references the parable in the first verse of their song "Left Hand Free".
On their album Something Different , the Christian band Sidewalk Prophets included an uplifting song titled "Prodigal" with lyrics that are directed towards the Prodigal Son from the parable, or any person who is or has felt like they are in a similar situation. The song is based on the son's prospective of coming home after he's ruined himself in the world. A Story of Homecoming , in which he describes his own spiritual journey infused with understanding based on an encounter with Rembrandt's painting of the return of the Prodigal and deals with three personages: Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem  giving an interpretation of the younger brother's perspective.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is also a recurring theme in the works of Rainer Maria Rilke , who interpreted the parable in a different way to the conventional reading. His version of the parable was not so concerned with redemption and the forgiveness of family; the love of the family, and human love in general, was seen as less worthy than unreciprocated love, which is the purest form of love. In loving the family less, the Son can love God more, even if this love is not returned. A similar parable of a lost son can also be found in the Mahayana Buddhist Lotus Sutra. In the biblical story, there is an immediate reunion of the two.
In contrast, in the Lotus sutra, the poor son does not recognize the rich man as his father. When the father sends out some attendants to welcome the son, the son panics, fearing some kind of retribution. The father then lets the son leave without telling him of their kinship. However, he gradually draws the son closer to him by employing him in successively higher positions, only to tell him of their kinship in the end. Their kinship symbolises that any being has Buddha nature.