- Title: The Heart of a Goof
- Author: P.G. Wodehouse
- ISBN: 9781585678372
- Page: 107
- Format: Hardcover
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Golf is the Great Mystery Like some capricious goddess, it bestows favors with what would appear an almost fat headed lack of method and discrimination These words, uttered by The Oldest Member, set the stage for a romp around the greens only Wodehouse could have conjured up In nine stories Wodehouse describes not only the fates of the goofs who have allowed golf t Golf is the Great Mystery Like some capricious goddess, it bestows favors with what would appear an almost fat headed lack of method and discrimination These words, uttered by The Oldest Member, set the stage for a romp around the greens only Wodehouse could have conjured up In nine stories Wodehouse describes not only the fates of the goofs who have allowed golf to eat into their souls like some malignant growth but also the impact of the so called game on courtship, friendship, and business relationships.This volume includes The Heart of a Goof, High Stakes, Keeping in with Vosper, Chester Forgets Himself, The Magic Plus Fours, The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh, Rodney Fails to Qualify, Jane Gets off the Fairway, and The Purfication of Rodney Spelvin.
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Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: "Golf is the Great Mystery. Like some capricious goddess, it bestows favors with what would appear an almost fat-headed lack of method and discrimination." These words, uttered by "The Oldest Member," set the stage for a romp around the greens only Wodehouse could have conjured up. In nine stories Wodehouse describes not only the fates of the goofs who have allowed golf "to eat into their souls like some malignant growth" but also the impact of the so-called [...]
A collection of 9 short stories, all narrated by the 'Oldest Member' of the golf course, often forcefully, to younger patrons, all obviously related to life on the golf course and life off the golf course affected by events on the golf course. I don't play golf but after reading the hilarious anecdotes, I feel like a lesser mortal for not appreciating this sport 😃. But let me tell you, even if you don't know the ABC of Golf, you'll still laugh your guts out while listening to the 'Oldest Memb [...]
Very funny book. Wodehouse is great with verbiage. Not sure how it would translate to someone that did not enjoy or understand golf. I think that it would be best read (or listened to) in parts. There are several stories that I think would be best enjoyed one at a time when you are in a light mode. You need to pay attention to get the most enjoyment of the Wodehouse wit.
The true testament to a writer's skill is the ability to make something inherently boring interesting to read about. Wodehouse not only makes golf interesting to read about in this volume, he also makes it hilarious! This is the book that rocketed Wodehouse to the top of my favorite writer's list. Highly recommended.
A book that purports to be about golf but instead is a collection of short, humorous tales about the odd ways in which the human species behaves. The stories are told by the golf club's Oldest Member to anyone willing, or reluctant, to listen. There's Wallace Chesney and his confidence boosting plus-fours, the high stakes rivalry between Bradbury Fisher and Gladstone Bott, and half a dozen romances gone askew. All are linked by the love of the sport of golf. Pure joy to read, even for those such [...]
Esta deliciosa colección de relatos sobre golf hace las deliciosas de cualquier aficionado al buen humor. Seguramente los buenos conocedores del noble deporte disfrutarán de estas historias en todos sus matices, sin embargo, Wodehouse también es capaz de arrancar sonrisas y carcajadas a los profanos golfísticos, puesto que los retratos psicológicos y las situaciones que crea son tan divertidos como semejantes a la vida misma.
I don't know a thing about Golf except that the person with lowest score wins. But that did not stop me from enjoying the nine golf-loving short stories. Wodehouse brings so much levity to a serious subject. I'm almost tempted to try golf myself. :)
A little light humorous reading. Short stories about hopeless golfers, romance, life and so many great quotes sprinkled throughout.
A 'goof' is defined in this book as distinct from a 'duffer'. A duffer can be quite outstandingly bad at golf: but it doesn't ruin the rest of life. A 'goof' is bad at golf, and can't live with the fact.As is usual with collections, this is not elaborated in most reviews. So, since stories tend to be in several collections, I will include a table of contents as I go:(1) The Heart of A Goof: The title story, which deals with how a particular goof is remedied, at least long enough to propose to hi [...]
“He waggled as Hamlet might have waggled, moodily, irresolutely” (13).“It is not easy to hiss a sentence without a single ‘s’ in it, and the fact that he succeeded in doing so shows to what pitch of emotion the man had been goaded by Ferdinand’s maddening air of superiority” (22),“To Ferdinand’s fevered eye he looked like a Greek god, and his inferiority complex began to exhibit symptoms of elephantiasis” (27).“The lunches of fifty-seven years had caused his chest to slip d [...]
‘The Heart of a Goof’ is a second volume of stories related by the Oldest Member of love and Golf, the first volume being ‘The Clicking of Cuthbert’. The title story is that of Ferdinand Dibble who, the Oldest Member tells us, is a Goof. A Goof is a Golfer whom is so tied up with his success or otherwise on the links is tied up with his confidence with all other aspects of his life. Ferdinand is in love with Barbara Medway; who in turn is in love with Ferdinand. Unfortunately Ferdinand c [...]
I have to admit that I need a dose of P.G.Wodehouse, every few months. So, when life turns dull and I start seeing a tinge of grey everywhere, I reach out for my dosage of some Wodehousian humour; the reason I borrowed 'The Heart of a Goof' from the liby. As expected it was good- life's lessons doled out around golf. The other book on golf stories I've read was 'The Clicking of Cuthbert'. Now, I'm not sure if it is the mood, or it is just me, but I remember I enjoyed the Clicking of Cuthbert mor [...]
After many years, I come again to Wodehouse.Humour is very hard to write and to achieve. There are many authors that try it and fail in more or less degree. Few, very few succeed. From them all, Wodehouse is the great master-writer, second to none, that the rest can only dream to match. Without success.These nine stories around golf are simply delightful, full of brilliant moments, witty comments and those special nuggets so specific from Wodehouse. The background revolves around golf, obviously [...]
Nine stories – mainly romantic little ditties – against a backdrop of golf in standard P.G.-style, i.e. beautifully written and full of nuggets. It does help to have the slightest smattering of golf terms, especially the old names for clubs, but it’s not essential.I can hardly do better than quote three of my favourite nuggets:“That is the worst of a free country - liberty so often degenerates into licence.”“His was the peace of the man who has reached the age when he is no longer ex [...]
What could possibly have induced me to pick up a book about golfing? One word: Wodehouse. The friend who had accompanied me in the used bookshop had been skeptical upon my discovery, but I knew the gem I was holding for what it was. Oh Plum! You're always such a delight. Whenever I'm down, I need only to pick up any one of your books for a brighter view.Fortunately for me, you need hardly any familiarity with golf at all to follow these short stories. The game is more of a backdrop to nine tales [...]
This is another of P. G. Wodehouse's delightful Golf Books. This foray into the world of P.G. Wodehouse takes us to the local lovely golf links on Long Island, where the Oldest Member regales every passerby (whether they want to hear them or not) with a tale of how golf has saved or torn asunder young lovers, or taught valuable life lessons.Each of these tales is delivered in Wodehouse's inimitable light hearted way. Even the villains are not really bad, they just have not experienced the wonder [...]
Being a Wodehouse fan is like being a Sinatra fan - you're never done. Theres just so much material out there! But that's the beauty of it. You sometimes find a Sinatra recording you've never heard and with Wodehouse's 90+ books it's always easy to find a fresh one.This one is a collection of short stories that I picked up only because I liked the title. The stories are all golf-centered, where the characters are golfers or know golfers or love golfers or whatever. Wodehouse was a big golfer. I [...]
All short stories involving golf. Most of the stories are not connects to each other, although there is a series of three with the same characters. The stories are typical Wodehouse romantic comedies in which golf is always a factor. After five or six in a row, they do become a bit repetitive. The mechanic of "the Oldest Member" of the golf club telling each story to some hapless victim is also a little tedious.
Wodehouse is one of my favourite authors, someone you just keeping going back to for comfort (the real equivalent of comfort food!) and a few light-hearted moments. All hos books are wonderful, some more than the others, of course, but what strikes one is his total mastery of the English language. He sort of twists and turns the phrase but always falls back on his feet, coming out with some incredible and never-thought-of constructions. What I say here is valid for almost all his books
The first handful of stories I would only give three stars. I'm certain they are captivating if one plays golf, but, unfortunately, I have yet to appreciate the game as much as my father might want me to. The last three stories I would give five stars. They're vintage Wodehouse and are amazing. Hence, the average.
Entertaining, but not Wodehouse's greatest. The nine stories featuring golfers, told by the Oldest Member, have a certain monotony about them - each OK on its own, but not really enhanced by being together.
(2 1/2) This is wonderful British humor from a master. Yes,, the short stories are all about golf, or is it all about life. Either way, it is enchanting stuff. Tongue so firmly in cheek that is almost painful at times. Take a seat next to "the oldest member' and enjoy.
Beh, leggere in spagnolo un libro inglese non è che sia stata una brillantissima idea. Ma ero in aeroporto, andavo di fretta ed ho agguantato il primo che mi è capitato sotto. Raccontini leggeri, sullo stile di Jerome K. Jerome. Neanche brutti.
Old world charm and golf. This book is sweet but doesn't satiate my requirement of reading something stupidly funny which was the intention behind picking this book. So I would rate this book a 3 on 5 only because I wasn't really happy about my pick.
You know, I can't just read Bernhard all the time. This was a nice change of pace, it's old, it feels old, but breezy and fun. There aren't many books I read where a chapter ends with "he folded her in his arms, using the interlocking grip."
This was handed to me by a friend. I do not know much about golf and so I don't think I got as much out of this as I think I would if I was a big golf fan, but I did still really like it. I found it easy to read and get away from life by reading it. Definitely recommend for anyone into golf
Wodehouse at his hilarious best. It's a testament to Wodehouse's charm that he can make someone like me, who doesn't know the first thing about golf, enjoy a short story collection revolving around it.
First class selection of golfing short stories, as told by the "Oldest Member". Many stories feature the poet and novellist Rodney Spelvin, providing the focal point of the friction between the sporting and artistic worlds which are a feature of many of Wodehouse's golfing stories.
This title belongs to the category of golf stories. I liked The Clicking of Cuthbert better but Heart has much to recommend it. The trio of stories concerning Jane Packard, William Bates, and Rodney Spelvin is delightful.
Think I would’ve enjoyed these short stories more if I understood at least some golfing terms and rules. As it is, I don’t know any!Still, the humour surrounding the golf course makes this a worthwhile read if, like me, you appreciate P. G. Wodehouse’s comic talents.
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