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Golfing for Cats [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Alan Coren
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books; illustrated edition edition (6 Oct 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903895544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903895545
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,975,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a reprint 26 July 2011
I'd always heard of Alan Coren's attempt to get this book published and the frustration which forced him to blend together three genres.

When I got a copy (2011) I was a little uneasy about putting my immense literary credentials to review it: it was old, foxed and dog-eared (I wonder if they felt the same way about Shakespeare's first folio?)

How wrong I was. Golfing For Cat shows there is nothing new in the world THIRTY SIX YEARS after publication. Everything from overzealous guards at Standsted - who want to take over the world because no one will stand up to them - to dirty old photographers (with long lenses) out on exotic photoshoots and irritating the beggars.

If there are any publishers reading; please re-print this book. Make it a HUGE format with Swastikas you could shake a stick at - the kids will love it.
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Alan Coren skilfully weaves the same fine fabric of the English Language into both the most exquisite garments and the most ragged trash. He treats the language with great respect and the subjects of his writing with a complete lack of it. With Coren, the use-of-the-language is all and the meaning and the lasting value to humanity is worthless. This is what he would have wished-for; for the language to endure and for the business of living to be recycled in units no bigger than a grain of sand. As with all our cherished scholars at The University of Life, he has passed from us but his words remain. To attempt to analyze the mind of T.E.Lawrence by fitting together his legacy of words and ideas produces few certainties; with Coren it produces none. I believe he would regard that outcome as an achievement !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of title only 2 Sep 2010
By C. Williams - Published on
I'm sad that nobody has reviewed this wonderful book. Or at least it ought to be wonderful, and maybe it is. I never got around to actually reading it, which only puts this author in the company of Proust.

The lack of a cover image robs this memorable work of what marvellous memorableness it presumptively has, or would have had, had it had it. That is because the words " Golfing for Cats" appeared over a huge red Swastika, for a most arresting bookshelf effect. It was 1976, a post=Watergate Bicentennial year of many excellent movies and quite lively national conversation by persons with considerably shorter and cleaner hair than previously. And there were bookstores and newsstands all over the place.

The cover was widely considered to be a triumph of Zeitgeist wrangling, insofar as it was said to successfully contain the three most potent sales concepts of the moment: golf, cats and...Nazis.

I don't know if anybody actually read the book (whereas everybody who has read 10 pages of Proust can't stop talking about it), but the cover is worth five stars any day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I bought this in London when it came out 12 Jun 2011
By mBrad - Published on
When this book came out in London, the orignal cover was thought to be to provocative, so a drawing of a cat hitting a golf ball, with a very small flag in the corner with a swastika on it was used.

Still a great idea.
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