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The Golf Omnibus
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 1999
This wonderful collection of P G Wodehouse's golfing short stories provides the reader with a book that he or she can treat as an occasional coffee table book, each story being entirely self contained, or as a full blown novel, as the characters are marvellously consistent. Each story is recounted by 'The Oldest Member', himself quite a character and someone that all Golfers will relate to, as every club has a similar father figure. Each of the stories evokes images of life in the 1920's and 30's, in the same sort of social circles as inhabited by Wodehouse's most famous character, Bertie Wooster. Similar themes also prevail, such as couples becoming engaged and separating over trivialities, but golf is here the uniting factor. Wodehouse clearly had a great fondness for golf, and for the two principal locations of the stories - England and the North Eastern United States - and blends all of these themes wonderfully well. The best recommendation I can give this book is that, unlike so much humour, it bears re-reading time and again, if only to be reminded to Wodehouse's superlative turn of phrase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2006
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. As a golfer, nostalgic & Wodehouse fan, this is surely one of the great comic books. Every page is bursting with gentle witticisms & humour, not forgetting the odd bit of sage advice from "The Oldest Member". I have had this book for about 8 years & every time I think of it again, I read it from cover to cover.

A must read. Buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2007
Take the most difficult, annoying an addictive game ever invented and the best humourous writer England has ever produced at the peak of his powers and you have the funniest most perfectly written golf stories it will ever be your good fortune to read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2015
I hate the word genius, which I consider over-used to a ridiculous degree, but how else can one describe the almighty Plum? Indeed, genius us almost too small a word. His mastery of English, his turn of phrase, are simply sublime. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like him. I don't want to hear talk of repetitiveness, or lack of depth, or maunderings about lack of realism; the bottom line is that the guy was hilarious and, to paraphrase another reviewer, 'filled with a splendid, kindly wisdom'. Enough said; if you don't love Wodehouse you're probably dead. And a good thing too!
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If it were possible to give six stars I would. A simply brilliant, funny and clever collection of short stories from that master of the turn or phrase, PG Wodehouse. I'm not going to try and say much about Wodehouse because far more erudite people than I have spoken and written at length about his witty genius. We all know he is one of the greats and possibly greatest humorous writer in the English language.

Nope, what I'm going to say may sound heretic but as far as I'm concerned Wodehouse's golf stories are his best. Yes, I know Jeeves and Wooster are more famous, but for shear wit with a subversive undertone and laugh out loud moments, the tales from the Oldest Member are by far the best. How can one not bring a smile to the face when the 'Wrecking Crew,' a foursome of geriatric golfers are on the links?

The stories revolve generally around the tales told by the clubs 'Oldest Member,' probably an allusion to Wodehouse himself, where through golfing stories he helps other members in their exploits. Usually it's around a young chap chasing the filly of his dreams. Each story has charm, wit and a bit of wickedness slipped in with golf being the religion of choice for those who are upright and decent. I think I've read this collection three or four times now and each and every time I find something that tickles my funny bone.

And, I don't play golf and never have.

This collection is the perfect example of why Wodehouse is held high. I heartily recommend it to anyone with any sense of mischief or humour in them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2014
I don't know a baffy from a mashie-niblick, but these short stories tickle my funny-bone every time. Wodehouse is the greatest humorous author we have ever had.
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on 25 October 2012
There really hasn't been a humorous writer to match P. G. Wodehouse. You don't need to be interested in golf to enjoy this book, because it is about the poeple who play golf, not the golf itself. There is both wit and wisdom in these stories, each one of which is superb. I am not a fan of everything Wodehouse did - I'm not keen on Psmith or Uckridge - but these stories are first-class. Although they will delight anyone, they would make an especially good present for a golfer.
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on 11 June 2014
I have always enjoyed P.G.Wodehouse for his ability to portray the English in such flowery prose. And as I have always liked Golf as a game, played usually in beautiful countryside, his combination of the two makes it a must for me. Plus the witty way that he was always able to make his foppish heroes so likeable, can always bring a chuckle even after having read them before. Wonderful light and funny reading, ideal for a sunny day, or any day really!
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on 2 April 2012
I first read a borrowed copy of this about fifteen years ago. From then on I was hooked on Wodehouse and especially his golf stories. Even if you don't play golf this is a great read but if golf is your thing, his characters are so real he could have written about members of any club! Settle in a comfortable chair with a drink of your choice and listen to some wonderful stories, as told by the oldest member.
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on 24 November 2011
I've been a Wodehouse fan for the past 50 years. The only thing wrong with the golf stories is that - apart from a couple of collections - they're spread over a whole lot of different volumes, a couple of stories here and a couple there and so on. Now I have them all in the same book, including one story told by Mr Mulliner instead of by the Oldest Member.
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