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The Clicking of Cuthbert (Golf Stories #1)

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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 The Overlook Press (first published February 3rd 1922)
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Pramod Nair
“In the days of King Arthur nobody thought the worse of a young knight if he suspended all his social and business engagements in favour of a search for the Holy Grail. In the Middle Ages a man could devote his whole life to the Crusades, and the public fawned upon him. Why, then, blame the man of today for a zealous attention to the modern equivalent, the Quest of Scratch! *

P.G. Wodehouse, who was an avid Golfer himself, thus describes the devotion for the sport felt by one of the characters f
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Mark
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
Ian Wood
Oct 20, 2007 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sara
Apr 24, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also free on Project Gutenberg.

And granted, I did start reading Wodehouse with Wodehouse's first book of short stories -- so maybe the progression makes sense -- but this book was all about golf, and I hate golf, and this was still the best Wodehouse I've read yet.

Freaking hilarious.

Aditya Kulkarni
Apr 04, 2016 Aditya Kulkarni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
What I know about golf - nil.
What I thought about the sport in general - Boring.
What the central theme of the stories in this book was - Golf.

And yet here I am rating a book about golf as magnificent, which just goes to show the genius of Wodehouse. All the stories in this book had me in splits. Don't worry if you find golf to be the most boring sport ever invented, because this book will still be funny.
Abhi
Aug 20, 2013 Abhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Tanmay.
Oct 09, 2009 Tanmay. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maria
May 18, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Staying up late to finish the book...it's definitely worth it! It's my first P.G. Wodehouse book and I'm sure it won't be the last one.
Abhishek
Mar 04, 2015 Abhishek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My copy of the book The Clicking of Cuthbert has a short commentary from Stephen Fry, which goes like this -- "You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and glory." I could not have said it any better. Maybe literature scholars dissect the work of P.G. Wodehouse and place it certain categories and genres, but for someone like me, his work is pure genius, beyond comparison and above categorisation. It is not the work of a mortal, but that of a literary God, who is rich ...more
Charles Eliot
Apr 17, 2014 Charles Eliot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lloyd
Jan 23, 2011 Lloyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Thom Swennes
May 23, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 Jessica Baverstock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
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Marty
Oct 06, 2008 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marten
Apr 09, 2012 Marten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-fun, satire
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
Lyman Phillips
Aug 21, 2007 Lyman Phillips rated it liked it  ·  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
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Phillip
This is a collection of short stories about golf. It was Okay. It was neither his best nor his worst work. I will say it sustains itself pretty well in expressing reverence for the sport even for a reader that has no interest in that sport. I think I became interest in this after reading Love Among the Chickens in which the narrator plays a lot of golf and a tournament is a major plot threshold, which was at least good enough to interest me in this book. Hmm. I don't remember being that impresse ...more
Lynette
Mar 10, 2016 Lynette rated it really liked it
Love Wodehouse and found this to be one of his better collections of stories. My favorite part is from The Salvation of George MacIntosh when Celia admits to the Oldest Member that she rather thinks she's killed George. They seem to agree that if 'twere done 'tis well 'twere done quickly and with a niblet. I don't play golf myself, and this book makes me feel I've done just fine in neglecting to take it up.
Diane
Jun 16, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Usfromdk
Apr 28, 2015 Usfromdk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a particularly good book and I was closer to one star than three. The second-worst Wodehouse book I've read (after Ukridge), but some parts of it are quite enjoyable so I didn't feel like I could justify giving the book one star. I wouldn't recommend the book, though; most of Wodehouse' books are much better than this one.
Z Coonen
Nov 09, 2015 Z Coonen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Much too much golf. Perhaps golf aficionados will love this collection of stories as told by the Oldest Member of a country club, each story its own chapter told in typical PGW style. I, however, tired of the high jinks partway through. There are gems of phrasing, clever twists, and the occasional chortle, but like that uncle who thinks he's the cat's pajamas, Uncle has overstayed his welcome.

Nevertheless, all hail PGW for blazing the trail by creating a language and a style that has delighted
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Libbeth
Oct 21, 2008 Libbeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1982-to-1989, humour
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
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Laura Verret
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
Christopher
May 11, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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
Phillip
This is a collection of golfing stories. They are neither his best nor his worst work. The stories do have some attractive features. I would recommend the book with qualifications.
Liz
I know nothing about golf but at the end of this book, I found myself laughing at nibblet jokes. Lot of boy meets girl stuff, but some imaginative work thrown in too.
Sony
Jan 04, 2014 Sony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Rohit Kunal
Apr 02, 2016 Rohit Kunal rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
An okay book to pass time. Wodehouse has a knack for getting laughter out of ordinary circumstances. I found it an okay read with laughter on the way.
Bruce Thomas
Feb 16, 2016 Bruce Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A genius book of golf tales told in Wodehouse style. You know they will have a girl in the story and lots of confusion that is resolved at the end.
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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 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 so ...more
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