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"... an orgy of hijinks on the links and in the clubhouse." The Washington Post

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P.G. Wodehouse often said that he wished he'd spent more time playing golf and less "fooling about writing stories and things." Happily, the prolific and beloved satirist often took his pen to the green. Here, Wodehouse expert D.R. Bensen has collected a dozen pieces to delight golfers and those who know them -- even those who have never basked in the ecstasy of a perfect putt.

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After we had sent in our card and waited for a few hours in the marbled ante-room, a bell rang and the major-domo, parting the priceless curtains, ushered us in to where the editor sat writing at his desk. Lire la première page
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Best of the Green 6 février 2005
Par Gord Wilson - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you wanted to read all of Wodehouse's golf stories at once, you'd want the Golf Omnibus. If you'd rather not lug around a phone book-sized volume, however, you may prefer this moveable feast of a dozen prime Plum stories (a baker's dozen if you count the preface by D.R. Benson), the best of Wodehouse on the links. Unlike the pocket paperbacks of some Wodehouse editions, with print so small you nearly need a magnifying lens, this oversized "quality" paperback nearly qualifies as a "large print edition." So it's really the best of both worlds, requiring neither a microscope nor a forklift for enjoyment.

Reading Plum on golf, however, is like playing a familiar course; the same stories are scattered throughout various editions. All of these stories have appeared elsewhere. Fore! opens with a very funny story that is quite unlike most of his golf tales, "The Coming of Gowf," which originally appeared in Golf Without Tears (1924), as did four other stories. That's the American title of a book that appeared in Britain as The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922). Five stories appeared in the American collection, Divots (1927), published in England as The Heart of a Goof (1926). The final tales are from Nothing Serious (1950/1951), published in both British and American editions. For golfers with a literary bent, here's the best imaginable introduction to P.G. Wodehouse, and old Wodehouse fans will be happy to walk around the course again.
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Golf stories on life! 27 mars 2000
Par Sandhya Sriraman - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Plum has brought the passion for golf alive with unusual style and aplomb in this one. All the stories viewed through the eyes of the "Oldest Member" take on vivid color, and their solutions lie, no doubt, on the greens! Right from a novice taking up golf, to a professional golfer they all have their solutions to the toughest problems in life only on the golf course. Viva le golf! And Viva Wodehousian humor!
Funny in an infantile sense 3 août 2014
Par Tsang Heung Kan - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I spent two afternoons over the weekend reading FORE!, an anthology of twelve humorous golf tales penned by P.G. Wodehouse. It is an out-of-print book that I purchased from a secondhand bookseller through some months ago.

The stories take place in the early 20th Century when hickory shafts were still prevalent and it was fashionable to wear plus-fours. As the book contains numerous golf slangs throughout, some of which quite archaic, a reader with only a cursory knowledge of golf vocabulary is bound to scratch their head at times.

The stories (except for the first one) are all narrated by a character known as the "Oldest Member", a nosy and lonely man of advanced age who loiters around the golf club all day every day. According to him, golf is the most noble pursuit. Whoever plays golf must be a decent citizen. And one must always be wary of anyone who does not play the game. At the golf club, the Oldest Member often encounters young members who are experiencing relationship problems, and he would gladly assume the role of an agony uncle and offer encouragement by telling them golf anecdotes whose protagonists had overcome similar problems.

Most of the characters in the stories seem to be well-educated and belong to the upper-middle class, as they converse in a highly cultivated manner. Many of them hold strong opinions about golf. Let me quote a few instances:

"The talking golfer is undeniably the most pronounced pest of our complex modern civilization and the most difficult to deal with. It is a melancholy thought that the noblest of games should have produced such a scourge."

"Most divorces, as you know, spring from the fact that the husband is too markedly superior to his wife at golf."

"There are three things in the world that he holds in the smallest esteem - slugs, poets, and caddies with hiccups."

Meanwhile, the non-opinionated and uncultivated characters are the anonymous Scotsmen who are occasionally mentioned throughout the stories. They are portrayed as uncouth, as speaking an unintelligible dialect, and as extremely talented at golf.

Wodehouse's humor is of a farcical kind. For instance, in one story a character works at a law firm called "Peabody, Peabody, Peabody, Peabody, Cootes, Toots, and Peabody." In another story, two American rivals, both nouveau riche, compete on the golf course in order to decide who gets to employ a highly sought-after model English butler, one who in many ways resembles Mr. Carson from the popular British television show Downton Abbey.

Although Wodehouse is heralded by many critics, most notably Stephen Fry, as the funniest writer of the last century, I only find his golf stories faintly amusing. They are innocent stories, too innocent for my taste. They are 'funny' only in an infantile sense. They are, to quote my literary hero George Orwell, "too genteel, too kindhearted and too consciously lowbrow." All in all, FORE! is an average collection of mildly humorous golf stories. It is good enough reading material for, say, passing time on a plane ride, or whiling away a lazy afternoon.
Must entertainment for anyone with a sense of history and a sense of humor. 14 juin 2013
Par Pistolpeter - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Wodehouse golf stories are so cleverly crafted and amusingly written that anyone with an interest in the game should at least keep a copy in the bathroom for entertainment. I have given this and other Wodehouse golf collections to at least a half dozen people as gifts, and they have been universally appreciated. By the way, I was introduced to Wodehouse by an 80 year-old woman - a former teacher at a small college who loved tennis and Pavarotti and had never played golf.
An old favorite 14 août 2013
Par V. Fernandes - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I read most of P G Wodehouse a long time ago including this book. I did not play golf at that time so I enjoyed the stories but skipped over golf details. I am now finally learning golf and I read the book again and this time I was able to understand a lot more. However, a short glossary translating the old club names to their modern equivalents would be useful.
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