The Heart of a Goof

The Heart of a Goof

P.G. Wodehouse / Aug 12, 2020
The Heart of a Goof 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 t
  • Title: The Heart of a Goof
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9781585678372
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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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      • P.G. Wodehouse

        Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.

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    1. 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 game on cou [...]


    2. 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 Member tell y [...]


    3. 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.


    4. 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.


    5. 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 as [...]


    6. Esta deliciosa colecci n de relatos sobre golf hace las deliciosas de cualquier aficionado al buen humor Seguramente los buenos conocedores del noble deporte disfrutar n de estas historias en todos sus matices, sin embargo, Wodehouse tambi n es capaz de arrancar sonrisas y carcajadas a los profanos golf sticos, puesto que los retratos psicol gicos y las situaciones que crea son tan divertidos como semejantes a la vida misma.


    7. 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.


    8. A little light humorous reading Short stories about hopeless golfers, romance, life and so many great quotes sprinkled throughout.


    9. 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 his girlfriend [...]


    10. 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 down into the mezzanine floor 96 but [...]


    11. 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 cannot possibly pr [...]


    12. 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 than The Hea [...]


    13. 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 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, and eve [...]


    14. 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 expected to dance he wishe [...]


    15. 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 of a backdrop to nine tales of quirky [...]


    16. 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 wonderful gam [...]


    17. 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 am not I [...]


    18. 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.


    19. 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 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


    20. 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.


    21. 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.


    22. 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.


    23. Beh, leggere in spagnolo un libro inglese non che sia stata una brillantissima idea Ma ero in aeroporto, andavo di fretta ed ho agguantato il primo che mi capitato sotto Raccontini leggeri, sullo stile di Jerome K Jerome Neanche brutti.


    24. 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.


    25. 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.


    26. 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


    27. 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.


    28. 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.


    29. 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.


    30. Think I would ve enjoyed these short stories 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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