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The Clicking of Cuthbert (Golf Stories #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,013 ratings  ·  93 reviews
The Clicking of Cuthbert features high comedy from the noble and ancient game of golf: even golf-haters will be unable to resist the combination of physical farce, verbal wit, and the gallery of unforgettable characters.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 13th 2002 by Overlook Hardcover (first published February 3rd 1922)
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Ian Wood
Oct 20, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, golfer or otherwise
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Fore! Some years ago a friend of mine encouraged me to take up Golf so I could join him in a strange world of tournaments, competitions and social events that would otherwise be closed to me. He offered to take me out on a round to get me into the ‘swing’ of things. Some five hours, one hundred and sixty strokes (a very liberal scoring procedure was employed) and five lost balls later both he and I were suffering some frustration. I went to a driving range but had to be smuggled out of the back ...more
Ten stories, all with the common theme of golf and its tortures. Amusing but not particularly laugh out loud funny. Some great turns of phrase and wonderful images but I have noticed one constant. This is the second volume of his short stories that i have read and though i am always aware of which character I am supposed to like, I almost inevitably find them annoying and self-obsessed. In this volume, which is largely tongue-in-cheek, perhaps that is not a real problem but i carry the horrible ...more
Started reading this book on net on a dull monday morning in Office.(Ya I do that. :p)
And trust me nothing could have been more refreshing.
I was suggested about Wodehouse books by my friend before.I had even began with one but left in between because
of the arduous verbiage and unfamiliar slangs.
So was bit hesitant before starting this.But it "clicked".:)

The book is collection of short stories themed around the game of golf and the extent to which it worshippers go to
preserve their love for it.Th
Charles Eliot
My four guilty pleasure authors are Simon Brett, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and P. G. Wodehouse. I've given up wondering whether they are any good. I fancy that they are all geniuses, in their various idiosyncratic ways. More important is that whenever I read anything by any of them I break out in smiles at the sheer joy of reading their words and spending time with their characters.

"The Clicking of Cuthbert" is a collection of P. G. Wodehouse short stories about golf, golfers, and the w
Timothy Stone
The Clicking of Cuthbert was my first foray into the wonderful comedic writings of P.G. Wodehouse. I have to say that the man is brilliant. He takes the game of golf, which is a very quiet sport, and infuses it with more humor than I ever would have imagined.

The premise of the book is a simple one. The “Oldest Member” of the golf club tells various stories to younger members to illustrate a point, teach them a moral, or buck them up. The only departure from this formula is the story of a king o
A prolific and consistent writer, Wodehouse produced volumes of well-crafted humor. But, at times, one inevitably feels a certain distance. The comedian really should not get too close to his audience. But in this book I get the strong sense that he was writing as much for himself as for the public. In most of these stories he is not trying to get us to laugh, he is cracking jokes and laughing along.

Much of the humor may be lost on non-golfers (or those who don't know any golfers). But if you ha
Thom Swennes
This year I’ve decided to read Wodehouse and with that said I intend to read all of the published works of this very prolific writer. The Clicking of Cuthbert is my fourth novel into his repertoire. Shortly after starting an obvious fact loomed in my mind about this author. In The Adventures of Sally, rugby played an integral part in the tale and in The Coming of Bill the sport was boxing. In Psmith in the City the sport of cricket took a prominent role story and he almost succeeded in making it ...more
Jessica Baverstock
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Ah, Wodehouse, where would I be without you? Technically in the exact same spot I am now, but I would be here without quite as large a grin on my face. After my last Wodehouse read, I acquisitioned a horde of Wodehouse works to get me through when reading times were tough. This was just such a time. I had been plodding through three non-fiction works, some more painstaking than others, but all of them taking up a lot of time and focusing on very serious matters. After finishing up one, I knew th ...more
I am still laughing about some of these stories. I very much enjoyed the nature of much of the humor in this piece. Certainly, taken as a period piece (somewhat stereotypical of women in the 1920's and 30's) it is quite funny. Much the same as Evelyn Waugh (one of my absolute favorite writers) in the satire, especially names and observations of class, wealth and relationships, but add the absolutely insane command golf has on the sane human being and you get to laugh out loud at yourself in many ...more
"Their friendship ripened rapidly, as friendships do in the South of France. In that favoured clime, you find the girl and Nature does the rest."

"I am not a married man myself, so have had no experience of how it feels to have one's wife whizz off silently into the unknown; but I imagine it must be something like taking a full swing with the brassey and missing the ball."

"A young woman of singular beauty and rather statuesque appearance came out of the club-house carrying a baby swaddled in flan
Lyman Phillips
Aug 21, 2007 Lyman Phillips rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for light humor
Shelves: humor
Looking for light humor unburdened by irony, meanness or sex? Travel back to a gentler time where good for nothing men played golf at the club and woo-ed women they had fallen head over heels in love with after an evening stroll, while attempting to become a scratch player using spoons, mashies and niblicks.

Not sure what I am talking about? Golf, by Jove!

Delicate little fables of the rare game played by characters that do not exist anymore and probably never existed. These players love the game
Diane Guerine
Absolutely charming

P. G. Warehouse has penned an absolutely charming book made up of stories about golf and golfers. The characters are the usual assortment of his delightful personalities who are in the throes of some dilemma. More often than not a fair maiden is involved and in the end a happy conclusion is reached.

I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
J. Cuthbert Banks is in love with Adeline, a young lady who is a member of the 'Cultured' club. As a member of the 'Golf' club, he is at odds with any Cultured club member, so he switches clubs and gives up golf (no pun intended on my part). He soon finds that she is in love with a promising young novelist in the Cultured club who is influenced by Russian authors. The C Club eventually invites Mr. Brusiloff, a Russian writer to speak at their club; he publically shames the young novelist by sayi ...more
May 11, 2013 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Wodehouse
as a rule, i think of golf as a sedative on a lazy sunday afternoon and little else. P.G. Wodehouse's short stories loosely centered around golf are much more edifying. a reader doesn't need to know much about the sport in order to appreciate these stories, as one can glean the meanings of golf terms mostly from context and repetitive usage. no, these stories are love stories for the most part, and are filled with Wodehouse's unique charm. of the 84 books by Wodehouse (published by Overlook) tha ...more
I've been a fan of Wodehouse and had my expectations when i started to read this book and it turned out even better. Being someone with no knowledge on golf there were times when I grasped the book tighter and imagined myself swinging the club. All but the last story is narrated by 'the oldest member' and there were times when i despised going back to the chauvnistic ages. But it was done in such good humor that one cant help but enjoy.It follows the standard Wodehouse humor while telling a grea ...more
Karthik Thrikkadeeri
Jan 18, 2012 Karthik Thrikkadeeri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read it!
Recommended to Karthik by: no one.
It was my first PGW. I liked it. It wasn't all that funny as I had expected it to be. Or maybe I am too young? I am reminded of a line from it : "Golf like measles should be caught young."
He he...
Anyway, in the foreword, (titled Fore!)PGW said that it was a time when he was bleeding or something. His life must have been in ruins. ANyway, he said that we should appreciate him if we found anything amusing in the book. He also shared a critic's letter which pointed out a mistake which PGW had delib
However I was mistaken to be suspicious, these stories mixing the trials and tribulations of golf with the golfer’s attempts to succeed in love or other worthwhile pursuits really are a triumph.

The Oldest Member of the club sums up all aspects of golf in the most wonderful language , such as the following description of weekend golfers ‘Like all Saturday foursomes, it is in difficulties. One of the patients is zigzagging about the fairway like a liner pursued by submarines. Two others seem to be
This is probably much more interesting for people who like golf! For me, this was one of my least favorite of Wodehouse's books.
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
What a charming little collection of golf-related yarns. As I may have mentioned, although I don't play at all I'm a moderately fluent speaker of golf. (Thanks be to Wikipedia for the translations for the old fashioned names of clubs that preceded the current, rather prosaic numbering system.)
This was my first Wodehouse, but certainly won't be my last. There were so many wonderful turns of phrase and quirky descriptions, so many quick, acute insights into human character to enjoy in these 10 s
If you've ever played golf then these stories are absolutely hilarious. Wodehouse is the master of comedy, the first story alone (about Cuthbert) is fantastic.
Joe Mctee
A collection of Wodehouse's golf stories, most told by the sage "Oldest Member". I had read many of these stories years ago and was pleased that my memory was correct in recollecting how humorous the tales were.

Wodehouse's somewhat droll humor and obvious love of the game of golf really brought these stories to life. I also loved the look into history these stories provide. Set in the 1920's, it was interesting to hear the golf vernacular of the time. Equally interesting was the apparent popular
I had no idea of the rules of golf but this book still had me in splits. After I finished this book and stopped laughing (and the latter took quite a while), I actually went and learnt a bit about the rules in order to better understand his other golfing stories - the book is that good. The stories are filled with classic, lovable Wodehouse characters; the writer's effortless turn of phrase and wide range of allusions will have any reader spellbound and enlightened.

In short: The inimitable Plum
Marguerite Czajka
I guess I should have expected it - but this book was almost all about golf. I love P.G. Wodehouse, and figured I would even appreciate a golf-heavy story if he wrote it. I was wrong.
Rhythm Tyagi
Loved it. It was a breezy read and thoroughly enjoyable.
Sean Brennan
Faced with the prospect of reading a story of interrelated stories about the joys and disasters of golf or eating my own eyeballs I would have to consider the matter carefully. As this is by Wodehouse, fortunately I was rescued from this dilemma, do not get me wrong I will never be tempted to step on to the links on a cold December morning but this work highlights the obsession that is golf. As always beautifully written, funny and full of eccentric believable characters, a pleasant read by any ...more
Richard Weber
It was interesting to experience this stand of Woodhouse's writing. However, not being a golfer, I have enjoyed his other stories more.
Erma Odrach
An avid golfer friend of mine passed this Wodehouse book on to me. Am not into golfing but I thought I'd give it a try. It's a collection of funny and witty stories (written in 1924)that deal with men and their love for women and golf. There's a lot of bumbling going on, cluelessness, rivalry, conspiring, much in the Wodehouse fashion. I'm sure a lot of golfing jokes went right past me though.
Katherine Ford
I couldn't understand this one.
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 30 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 so ...more
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