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The Adventures of Sally

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

This romantic comedy stars a young American girl named Sally, who inherits a considerable fortune and finds her life turned upside down. The typically Wodehouseian cast includes Sally’s ambitious brother, an assortment of theater people, a pair of English cousins, and, of course, an Uncle. It’s jolly good fun!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ginger seemed pleased. He led the way to the quiet ante-room outside the gambling-hall, and they sat down in a corner. It was pleasant here, with nobody near except the gorgeously uniformed attendant over by the door. "That was awfully good of you."

"I felt I must have a talk with you before my train went."

Ginger started violently.

"Your train? What do you mean?"

"The puff-puff," explained Sally. "I'm leaving to-night, you know."

"Leaving?" Ginger looked as horrified as the devoutest of the congregation of which Sally had just ceased to be a member. "You don't mean leaving? You're not going away from Roville?"

"I'm afraid so."

"But why? Where are you going?"

"Back to America. My boat sails from Cherbourg tomorrow."

"Oh, my aunt!"

"I'm sorry," said Sally, touched by his concern. She was a warm-hearted girl and liked being appreciated. "But..."

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Community Reviews

In ‘The Adventures of Sally’ like in ‘Jill the Reckless’ before it, Wodehouse has managed to create a heroine surprisingly convincingly by reaching outside the framework of farce and by not using the female characters as props or part of the scenery but as the central figure in the narrative.

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P. G. Wodehouse never wrote about anything that matters, never created a three-dimensional character, and never told a story that was worth telling. A typical novel has a rather stupid but good hearted person making a hash of some aspect of their lives, yet the problem is set right despite the po...more

Effortlessly funny. I've noticed other reviewers panning Wodehouse for failing to provide sufficiently deep characterization or plots with substance. To me, that misses the point. Wodehouse revels in language. The things that man can do to a cliché! I read Wodehouse to remember how much fun it ca...more

Sally is excellent. She manages to be snarky and patronizing toward all the boyish men in her life without any of them being the wiser. The year is 1922 and 21-year-old Sally has just inherited $25,000. She can move out of the rooming house in NYC and get her own apartment. Maybe start her own bu...more

I would say, a jolly book ;-) Like a balm for a stressed mind.

Witty language, funny, likable characters, surprising situations/plot twists and these dialogues ;-)

My first novel by P.G. Wodehouse (for sure not last), so I can't compare but I have had a charming time during listening to this one.

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Oh dear. I seem to be in the minority on this book. I love Wodehouse, and not just his Jeeves and Wooster books. But I didn't love this. It's possible that part of the problem was the narrator. Frederick Davidson does a good job with Wodehouse books, but he made Sally sound like an air head; she...more

If you are a fan of language and you haven't read P.G. Wodehouse before, do yourself a favor and get one of his books as soon as you can. You can thank me later.
In my opinion, this man was a marvel of witty word play and comic descriptions. I have spent the weekend in my reading chair thoroughly...more

I wanted to try P.G. Wodehouse because references to him started cropping up around me and also there's a set of really cool hardcover editions in my local book store (Book Soup). What I surmised is that he wrote the kind of novel that might have been made into one of those witty romantic comedie...more

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