AND SECOND CHANCES
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To say London Witte loved the game of golf was a bit understated as one only needed to meet London’s son, August Witte, who was named after the Augusta National Golf Club where The Master Golf Tournament is played, to understand the depth of London’s passion for golf. Imagine
And so with this background and August’s well known loathing of the game of golf, it is amazing that he actually agrees to one round of golf each month with his father during his wife’s pregnancy. August goes to his father to confront him about raising him with poor parenting skills to go on and instead winds up to agreeing to monthly golf lessons during the nine months of his wife’s pregnancy. The only thing that convinced August to play golf again was the promise that
Although the golf lessons are the premise of the book, the reader will find that as the nine lessons, and months, progress, father, London, tries to give son, Augusta, lessons in how to live a good life being a fine parent and compares it to golf to make it appear relevant. Here we get the theme of the father and son although not close, can learn FROM each other even while there is so much going against them from their past.
I must admit I am not a golf fan so that made it harder for me to judge this book fairly, perhaps. I do think it gave some good life lessons especially in parenting. I also think, however, that for me anyway, it just went about it in a much too complicated way. The lessons are good ones but I think would have been better served more in a “how-to” or guidance book rather than a novel. I will admit, however, that I liked the father, London, more at the end of the story because of his valiant effort to try and make amends with his son. I recommend this to new parents, parents to be, and golf lovers as it is a very intriguing and different presentation.