Friday, October 15, 2010

Golf Without Tears, by P.G. Wodehouse

This book is a collection of short stories, all narrated by the Oldest Member, dealing with golf. They are unique in that they are all set at a country club on Long Island (Wodehouse spent more than half his life, I believe, in New York and environs), and they carry the further distinction of being one of the books with a different title on the other side of the Atlantic. Since either book is accessible to an English-language reader, this can spark some confusion (especially when titles are reused, like with The Prince and Betty, which is a completely different book in England). If you've read The Clicking of Cuthbert, you've read Golf Without Tears.

It was a bit much for reading straight through. It seems a fair portion of the humor comes from using funny golf words such as "mashie" and "niblick." Used sparingly, the desired effect is achieved, but when every story has it, maybe it wouldn't have become so stale if I were reading them at the original release rate of one every few months in the "Saturday Evening Post."

Rating: three and a half out of seven giant inflatable monkeys.

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