This is an hilarious book, written at a superb pace.
This is an hilarious book, written at a superb pace. From page one, you are laughing at The Major and his totally wonderful view of himself and how he thinks he can win a game of golf (which he has never played) against an expert, in his pursuit of an excellent prize (rich lady). When he goes to St Andrews and meets the ghostly Cardinal, everything takes an unexpected turn.
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Brilliantly observed and superbly characterised, The Haunted Major recounts the epic golfing match between the outrageously pompous Major and the reigning Open Champion, Jim Lindsay. The prize? The chance to propose to the captivating (and extremely. The prize? The chance to propose to the captivating (and extremely wealthy) Mrs Gunter. Despite being 'the finest sportsman living', the Major despises golf, has never played it and considers a week's practice in secret in his hotel bedroom at St Andrews quite enough to whip the upstart. But events take an unexpected turn with the appearances of the ghostly Cardinal.
by. Marshall, Robert, 1863-1910. Books for People with Print Disabilities. The hero, braggart sportsman Major Gore is bound to lose, but the ghost of an expert golfer offers him his magic clubs. Internet Archive Books.
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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Introduced by John Updike and published in America for the first time, "The Haunted Major recounts a golf match of epic proportions between adversaries
The narrator and principal character is Major (of Hussars) John Gore, a supremely egotistical fellow and a self-renowned sportsman
The narrator and principal character is Major (of Hussars) John Gore, a supremely egotistical fellow and a self-renowned sportsman. When the widower Gore resolves to marry, handsome Katherine Clavering Gunter is discovered to be an "ardent golfer"-and, furthermore, the apparent cynosure of the annoyingly keen eye of championship golfer Jim Lindsay
Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1973. Includes an introductio n by Henry Longhurst and the original illustrations by Harry Furniss. One of the classics of golfing literature.
Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1973.
Introduced by John Updike and published in America for the first time, The Haunted Major recounts a golf match of epic proportions between adversaries. In this uproarious tale about human conceit and the supernatural, Major the Honorable John William Wentworth Gore, an English gentleman of sublime self-esteem, challenges crack golfer Jim Lindsay to a game for the chance to propose marriage to Mrs. Gunter, a beautiful American millionairess. Although "Jacky" Core, the narrator, alleges to be a marvelously accomplished sportsman, he has never set foot on a fairway and has only seven days to learn to pitch, putt, and drive the course like a veteran.
To prepare for the match, which is to take place on the fictitious St. Magnus links in Scotland (based on the Old Course at St. Andrews), Gore secretly hires a coach and transforms his hotel room into a golf studio, outfitted with turf, a moveable hillock, a bunker, and specially padded walls to absorb drives. Gore is set to win or lose like a gentleman when the revengeful ghost of a Scottish cardinal with some odd-shaped clubs materializes, adding an otherworldly twist to the story.
This new edition, with John Updike's spirited introduction and Harry Furniss's humorous original illustrations, fixes The Haunted Major in the uppermost tier of sports classics.