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Nasty Bit of Rough, A: A Novel Hardcover – Mar 12 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rugged Land (March 12 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590710002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590710005
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,007,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This first novel by broadcaster and Golf Magazine columnist Feherty is a totally silly, completely unbelievable tall tale that succeeds more often than it fails because of the vibrancy of the voice and the straightforwardness of the telling. Scrought's Wood is the world's oldest and strangest golf course, so venerable it makes St. Andrew's look like a teenager. The membership has dwindled to nine, and the club, buried deep in Scottish gorse and heather, is virtually unknown to the outside world. Every 50 years, led by its owner and chairman Sir Richard Gusset ("Uncle Dickie"), its members compete in a golf match against the McGregor clan, a rough and ready gaggle of Scottish hillbillies, the prize being the petrified middle finger of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Scrought's Wood, using very devious tactics, wins "The Digit," as it is known, only to have it stolen back by the McGregors while the old duffers are reveling in their victory. Scrought's Wood's members are gleefully eccentric, plagued by hilarious ailments, defects and unmentionable afflictions. When the outside world insists they allow a woman to join the club, one of the old-timers has a sex change operation. It would be awfully easy to dismiss this novel as trivial and inane, for many of the jokes are painfully set-up groaners, while others miss the mark entirely. Overall, one is often reminded of smirking teenage boys talking about sex. But there is a cheerfulness and a spit-in-the-face-of-authority aura about it that makes it the Naked Gun of golf literature. (Mar.)Forecast: Feherty, a former professional golfer, is a popular CBS commentator with a ready-made following; many will recognize Scrought's Wood from its appearances in the pages of Golf Magazine. His author tour engagements should be well attended, and he's a natural for radio and TV interviews.

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From Booklist

CBS golf commentator Feherty writes a column in Golf magazine about a fictional English golf club called Scrought's Wood, presided over by Major General (ret.) Sir Richard ("Little Dicky") Gussett and a band of stiff-upper-lipped hell-raisers who have more in common with the gang from Animal House than they do with the regulars at St. Andrews. Requests for more stories about Little Dicky prompted Feherty to tackle a novel, and he's come up with a rollicking farce in which Little Dicky and accomplices travel to Scotland, where they tangle with their ancient rivals, the MacGregor clan of the Tay Club, who are in possession of the most valued prize in golf, the Digit, otherwise known as the petrified middle finger of St. Andrew. What follows melds the best of the Crosby-Hope road pictures with the worst of the Three Stooges. Feherty throws together some genuine laughs, far too many incontinence jokes, and a tantalizing dose of golf history. Golfers who love the movie Caddyshack will love this book nearly as much. Bill Ott
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This is a fabulously funny book by David Feherty. Yes, the guy is glib and delightful on television. But who knew he would translate so well to writing? The guy has a real talent - I hope this work is just the first of many.
A couple of items worth noting:
1) There's no "golf in the kingdom"-like mysticism found here like in so many paens to the sport these days. You get the sense right away that Feherty will have none of that [stuff].
2) This book may set the record for the most varied and colorful euphemisms describing the male genitalia.
3) This book may set the record for the most varied and colorful euphemisms describing flatulence and excrement.
4) This book - despite its sophomoric and crude humor - is amazingly literate and quite politically correct (wait'll you get a load of Uncle Dickie's posse).
5) This book is more non-golf than golf. Hats off to the author for showing he can be humorous regardless of the subject.
...and you've gotta love any writer that steals a joke from Billy Connolly & then footnotes the guy when he uses it. Great touch.
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David Feherty's comic novel about the loveable inhabitants of the Scrought's Wood Golf Club, and their raunchy adventures on and off the links is a pretty funny story, with a few laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled in amongst piles of bathroom humor.
The writing is okay, though it leaves something to be desired, and even the most die-hard Feherty fan will grow weary of the barrage of bathroom jokes. Do we really need to know that a caddy pooped his pants in an airplane once (although the subsequent episode involving that caddy and a red sweatshirt is one of the funnier moments in the book)?
I laughed quite a bit at this book, and even if it was a little heavy-handed with the toilet humor, it has some absolutely hilarious moments. If you like golf and David Feherty's sense of humor, then you'll enjoy this book.
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By A Customer on Nov. 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
David Feherty's fiction book is a book I found enjoyable when I first read it, at least a year ago. I picked it up again, and this time had time to finish it (origianlly it was from the library). The antics of Uncle Dickie and his fight against the evil Scottish clan are some of the greatest I've ever read, which may not seem like a lot from me, but I read a lot. This book is perhaps the greatest golf book of its time. If you enjoy comedy or golf, this is a book for you. I also would like to reccomend "Bermuda Grass" by Keith Miles and "The Putt at the End of The World", by various authors.
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I'm the author of THE GREEN and THE FOURSOME, written under the pseudonym "Troon McAllister." It's not often that I get jealous of someone else's writing, but David Feherty has a touch and a voice that is to die for. Never mind the "professional" reviewer who completely misperceives the point of this book (they would call LORD OF THE RINGS "implausible"), silliness is the whole bloody point. NASTY ROUGH is pure whimsy of the best sort, with some parts so hysterically funny it would be just as well you didn't read it with other people in the vicinity.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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I read it on a cross country flight and certainly aggravated my seatmate with frequent laugh-out-loud episodes. I couldnt help it and I couldnt put it down. The goofy characters are great, the plot keeps your attention to the end and the classically dry Feherty insights are funny as hell. However, if you dont love golf and dont have an appreciation for "old-style" golf in Scotland and England, you wont get it. Also if you are offended by excessive alcohol consumption and unabashed potty humor, this book is not for you. Otherwise, get a copy now.
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Forget about the title of this review - golf is just the backdrop for this hilarious book! It would have been just as funny on the shuffle board courts of south Florida. (Hey, there's an idea!) Try as I might to restrain myself to keep from waking my sleeping kids, I laughed out loud about every five minutes as I read A Nasty Bit of Rough! The characters were comical, the dialogue was knee-slapping funny and the story moved at a great pace. My only hope for Christmas this year is that Mr. Feherty isn't done with this oddball crew!
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In my opinion, David Feherty is one of the best golf announcers working the circuit. I also like the columns that he writes for Golf Magazine, so I would have been surprised if I disliked his first fiction novel.
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The characters, although outrageous and over the top, are very sympathetic and you want to see them succeed, even though you know that both they and a place like Scrought's Wood could never exist in the real world.
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This is one of the funniest, ribald, insane stories I have ever read! If you emptied out an insane asylum you would not find a zanier bunch of miscreants, in fact one of the characters "is" an escapee from an asylum. I read this book in one sitting, but it was hard to read through the tears of laughter. If you love the game of golf you might just find a little bit of yourself in more than one of the members of Scrought's Wood. Mr. Feherty please pen another novel soon!!!
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