Captain’s Day: A tale of Birdies, Bad Language & Bed
by Terry Ravenscroft
Captain’s Day is based upon a single day – the Captain’s Day at the golf course – and has a cast of characters that many people will be familair with, even non-golfers. There is a multi-layered build up to a truly hilarious farcical end which is proper British humour as was evident before the trendy PC brigade got hold of it. It’s back with a bang! A bit naughty in parts but all the better for it.
Do I have any complaints? I do, but it is very minor and nit picky, but in the search for being balanced in my review will mention it. The more I read, the more I could see it as a terrific British made comedy film. Heck, I was even casting it (Simon Pegg would lap this up) – and then I got to the last few pages. In the space of a few short pages, a lot of the characters are killed off, albeit in very imaginary ways. This winding up of the story may not work as well on film, so I did feel as though I was being bought back to ground level with a little bit of a bump. It just seemed a little too rushed and the ending was skimmed over in comparision to the main body of the book.
Having said that it is only a minor personal complaint. It really is a TERRIFIC read and highly recommended.
Think of Captains Day as a cross between Blott on the Landscape and The Good life all based on a golf course.
The laughs come thick and fast and I did truly laugh at the lively and colorful characters. The reason it’s not got more stars is that I found the laughter rather too slapstick and set up.
If you liked the Good Life and many did, then you’ll like this.