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Can anyone find new sources of humor in golf? Certainly, it takes a great humorist to do so. P.G. Wodehouse pulled off this feat by combining an obvious love for the game with sense of irony about the humiliations that golfers experience for their sport, a subtle mix of love and how golf can complicate that emotion, and a hilariously overbearing narrator who is obviously the biggest windbag in the golf club.

Probably most famous for his Jeeves and Wooster books, P.G. Wodehouse was an avid golfer. The Clicking of Cuthbert was the first of two books Wodehouse wrote about golf (the other being The Heart of a Goof). It was originally published in the US as Golf Without Tears in 1924 - 2 years after the first UK publishing. Its also one of the first books by Wodehouse that I read, back in the days when I did play the game myself. However while I have, just like the Oldest Member, long since retired its still a book I can pick up and enjoy.

Rather than a straightforward novel, the book is a collection of ten short stories. With the exception of the tenth, each story is told by the clubs Oldest Member. There is a common theme throughout the stories the Oldest Member tells - how golf is vital to success in every aspect of life. The last story, however, is my favourite one in the book. Its a historical tale, telling of the coming of a strange new religion called Gowf to the country of Oom.

Written by P.G. Wodehouse - he does have a very distinctive style of writing and certainly appears to have a hugely loyal fanbase. If youve read other books by him and enjoyed them, odds are youll enjoy this - regardless of your expertise on the golf course.

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