Fun stuff Fore Fore Some years ago a friend of mine encouraged me to take up Golf so I could join him in a strange world of tournaments, competitions and social events that would otherwise be closed to me He offered to take me out on a round to get me into the swing of things Some five hours, one hundred and sixty strokes a very liberal scoring procedure was employed and five lost balls later both he and I were suffering some frustration I went to a driving range but had to be smuggled out of the back door should the gentleman in the next booth regain consciousness whilst I was still on the premises I booked an hour with a Pro who refunded my money after thirty five minutes Not to be put off I had a second round with my friend who, on the sixth green, told me that if I didn t give up golf he would.
So I approached Wodehouse s collection of Golf stories The Clicking of Cuthbert with some trepidation However I was mistaken to be suspicious, these stories mixing the trials and tribulations of golf with the golfer s attempts to succeed in love or other worthwhile pursuits really are a triumph.
The Oldest Member of the club sums up all aspects of golf in the most wonderful language , such as the following description of weekend golfers Like all Saturday foursomes, it is in difficulties One of the patients is zigzagging about the fairway like a liner pursued by submarines Two others seem to be digging for buried treasure or killing snakes The remaining cripple, who has just foozled a mashie shot, is blaming his caddie And so I have found a way to participate in the world of golf which was closed to a man of my sporting prowess Whilst my peers go out for eighteen holes I hole up with the Oldest Member on the terrace of the Mavis Bay golf links and laugh at them Like the Oldest Member I m not averse to putting myself on the outside of a cup of Tea and a slice of Cake.
Ten stories, all with the common theme of golf and its tortures Amusing but not particularly laugh out loud funny Some great turns of phrase and wonderful images but I have noticed one constant This is the second volume of his short stories that i have read and though i am always aware of which character I am supposed to like, I almost inevitably find them annoying and self obsessed In this volume, which is largely tongue in cheek, perhaps that is not a real problem but i carry the horrible suspicion that i am going to loathe all his heroes and feel sorry for all his villains.
What I know about golf nil.
What I thought about the sport in general Boring.
What the central theme of the stories in this book was Golf.
And yet here I am rating a book about golf as magnificent, which just goes to show the genius of Wodehouse All the stories in this book had me in splits Don t worry if you find golf to be the most boring sport ever invented, because this book will still be funny.
One word for anything that is PGW sublime.
Also free on Project Gutenberg.
And granted, I did start reading Wodehouse with Wodehouse s first book of short stories so maybe the progression makes sense but this book was all about golf, and I hate golf, and this was still the best Wodehouse I ve read yet.
Who But PG Wodehouse Could Have Extracted High Comedy From The Most Noble And Ancient Game Of Golf And Who Else Could Have Combined This Comedy With A Real Appreciation Of The Game, Drawn From Personal Experience Wodehouse S Brilliant But Human Brand Of Humor Is Perfectly Suited To These Stories Of Love, Rivalry, Revenge, And Fulfillment On The Links While The Oldest Member Sits Inside The Clubhouse Quoting Marcus Aurelius On Patience And Wisdom, Outside On The Green The Strongest Human Passions Burn All Human Life Is Here, From Sandy McHoots, The Cocky Professional, To Shy Ramsden Waters, Whose Only Consolation Is Golf Even Golf Haters Will Not Be Able To Resists Stories Which Perfectly Combine Physical Farce And Verbal With A Gallery Of Unforgettable Characters Ten short stories about how golf can help men marry beautiful girls, or alternatively, escape from girls who hate golf.
You don t have to a golfer to love this book, but it helps.