The Heart of a Goof Paperback – 31 Mar 2012
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"Nothing will ever dim the brilliance of Wodehouse's world or flatten his ever-sprightly and always entertaining prose" (John Mortimer The Sunday Times)
"What can one say about Wodehouse? He exhausts superlatives. I am not alone in believing he has come closer than any writer of English to approaching Shakespeare's complete mastery and transcendency of language." (Stephen Fry)
"Mr Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in " (Evelyn Waugh) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Had his only contribution to literature been Lord Emsworth and Blandings Castle, his place in history would have been assured. Had he written of none but Mike and Psmith, he would be cherished today as the best and brightest of our comic authors. If Jeeves and Wooster had been his solitary theme, still he would be hailed as The Master. If he had given us only Ukridge, or nothing but recollections of the Mulliner family, or a pure diet of golfing stories, Wodehouse would nonetheless be considered immortal. That he gave us all those and more - so much more - is our good fortune and a testament to the most industrious, prolific and beneficent author ever to have sat down, scratched his head and banged out a sentence.' Stephen Fry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As befits the short, nine hole course, each story is unique in its play - but some are more unique than others.
Hole one explains the title - a goof in golf is a special type of player, one that has allowed the noblest of games to get to him and, as a consequence, suffers torments at the poor quality of his or her play (for Wodehouse's is a strangely egalitarian game with regard to gender). Only love and a slight amount of cheating on behalf of a loved one, can save the nascent romance and push the goof to a proposal.
Holes two and three are a touch exotic in that they are played across the water - and involve the most Wodehousian combination of butler and gambling debts and revolve around suffering a long suffering, but not too present, wife. Money is involved here - as you would expect when touching down on American golfing soil. There is also the entrance of what surely must be the most superior of all Wodehouse's superior butlers.
Hole four is back on terror firma - the horror being the need to contain oneself whilst out on the course with a `lady', and the dangers of failure to achieve self expression.Read more ›
The books are a fantastic read, and this edition will please every Wodehouse fan.
While I enjoyed all of the stories in the book, I recommend most highly the last three which involve the same characters in a series of stories that link to one another -- Rodney Fails to Qualify, Jane Gets Off the Fairway and The Purification of Rodney Spelvin. Jane Packard and Williams Bates are dedicated golfers who seem destined for one another, except for a romantic streak in Jane that takes her off to greener pastures from time to time. Rodney Spelvin is her continual tempter with his poetic career and artsy ways. Rodney's ignorance of golf proves to be his Achilles heel.
Each story is introduced by that old reprobate, the Oldest Member, who lies in wait around the golf course waiting for someone to let him bend their ear with another lengthy story. Every club has such a person, and readers will remember many occasions of arriving home hours late after having been waylaid by such a person at their golf club.
The Heart of a Goof is one of the funniest golf stories I have read. It captures the ironies of golf very well. Golf humbles even the mightiest of us, and our greatest failures may follow soon after our sweetest swings.Read more ›
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 propose to Barbara as his handicap is just that. Barbara is keen that Ferdinand's confidence is boosted and so she sends him to Marvis Bay where the links are populated by a membership of such a lack of talent that Ferdinand cannot but help become the local champion. As Ferdinand's success increases so does his swagger and before Barbara can arrive to capitalise on Ferdinand's new found confidence the locals have arranged a match between Ferdinand and George Parsloe whom famously once went round in less than ninety four. Can Barbara receive a proposal before George crushes Ferdinand underfoot? Only Wodehouse can bring in a score card below par.
The other eight stories in this collection hole out in pretty much this fashion. Wodehouse's golf themed stories do perhaps lack the universal appeal of stories relating to his hapless golfers but they are still fantastic vinaigrettes. Fore!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rarely do I find that a book can make me laugh or even smile. This book kept me amused from start to finish. A great read for any passionate golfer!Published 9 months ago by Sparkyb
Delightful to read this again after a longish while. I purchased it for someone who's recently taken up golf and (sadly) didn't know it.Published 14 months ago by Tony Porter
Bought as present and have heard plenty of good comments from a Wodehouse fanPublished 19 months ago by Richard J. Clark
As always this man has (had) an amazing gift with words. This book could have only been written by a good club player with an inner knowlage of how these clubs were run (and are... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Alan Fowles
Appeals to a select market, of golf savvy Wodehouse aficionados.
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To give a bit of background, I don't play golf,but watch it on tv sometimes and have a basic understanding of it. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by R ELLIOTT
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I am a bit of part time, take it or leave it golfer but was still able to appreciate the short stories all the same. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2013 by RH
Nine stories - mainly romantic little ditties - against a backdrop of golf in standard P.G.-style, i.e. beautifully written and full of nuggets. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2012 by andy23889