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The Adventures of Sally

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,618 ratings  ·  185 reviews
When Sally Nicholas became an heiress, she had to cope her brother's wild theatrical ambitions and the defection of her fiance, his replacement being a strangely unattractive suitor. A trip to England only made things worse, but then a piece of speculation might just offer a happy ending.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1922)
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Amy Wilder
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 comedies from the forties that I love. Also he's well known for a series involving a butler named Jeeves.

I downloaded something like "The Novels of P.G. Wodehouse" on my kindle but through some fluke the free s
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Scot
I had a sudden craving for something amusing and comfy, and it had been awhile since I had read any Wodehouse (went through a 'Jeeves" phase some years ago) so when I stumbled across this listed in the free category on Kindle I gave it a go. Sure it is a period piece from 1922, but for me that's part of the charm--and the humor holds up much better than I expected. Our heroine Sally might be a bit flippant but she has a heart of gold, and very practically just wants the best for Fillmore, her ob ...more
Shala Howell
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 can be to string words together and I was not disappointed.
Autumn Doughton
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 delighted by him. It's invigorating really.

Here are just a few quotes from The Adventures of Sally:

"The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong
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Kwoomac
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 business. This being a Wodehouse novel, nothing goes according to plan. Ever. Lots of predicaments to deal with, misunderstandings to set straight. And of course there's love.

'I've missed you dreadfully,'
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Ian Wood
Oct 15, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
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.

The story is very much the opposite of ‘Jill the Reckless’; Where Jill lost her fortune and her fiancée Sally has not only inherited a fortune but is having men throw their hearts at her feet whenever she ve
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Mike Jensen
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 powerlessness of the protagonist. So how did Wodehouse manage to get more than 90 books into print and why does he have such a faithful cult following? Beats the hell out of me. A partial answer is probabl ...more
Hirondelle
This is w Wodehouse novel I did not quite expect. Set mostly in USA; the roaring 20s in New York (mostly), this is almost chick lit, 1920s Wodehouse chick lit with wannabe theater moguls, dog fights (best dog fight in the history of literature, boxers and where no male character seems to have a brain of any sort. The heroine is just that, a female main character of somewhat heroic nature, and unlike other Wodehouse main characters is actually quite bright even if too gallant for her own good.. S ...more
QNPoohBear
Sally Nicholas and her brother Fillmore have been on their own for three years struggling to make ends meet through dead-end job on Broadway. Now they have come of age and inherited the money their father left them. Everyone in their boarding house has opinions on how to spend the money. Fillmore intends to get richer quick through some investments while Sally intends to travel to Europe, move to an apartment and maybe open a dress shop. Then, when her fiance's play is a success, they'll finally ...more
Starry
I've been a bit wary of Wodehouse since trying the Jeeves stories and finding them over-the-top (found character/narrator Bertie Wooster's British schoolboy slang and escapades grating after enough repetition). But this book was a delightful surprise. Imagine a Dickens style plot: memorably charming characters; clever dialog; ever changing fortunes, with the rich suddenly finding themselves poor and the poor, rich; the satisfying but improbable way characters keep popping back into the story. No ...more
Sara
This was really cute, deliciously funny (like, a laugh-out-loud every couple pages), and just generally made my week.

I don't know when Wodehouse wrote this compared to his other works, but whenever it was, he was at the top of his game.
Although I haven't read enough P. G. Wodehouse... maybe he was always at the top of his game and this was nothing particularly special. I could believe that.
Jon
A pretty early Wodehouse, written in 1922. It includes his usual farcical plot, his usual character types, and his usual exquisite writing. "Like everyone who had ever spent any length of time in the house, she had strong views on Toto. This quadruped, who stained the fame of the entire canine race by posing as a dog, was a small woolly animal with a persistent and penetrating yap, hard to bear with equanimity..." Lovers are finally properly matched up in the end as they must be, but along the w ...more
Lynetta
This work was first published in 1922.

It's a jolt to find a publication without .com, .org, etc. The Adventures of Sally has no ISBN, the number that is akin to the Social Security number but for books, and is the backbone of how books are ordered.

Sally has inherited $25,000 at a time when men made perhaps $3,000 a year. She is secretly engaged to Gerald Foster who has written a show to be produced and is certainly going to be a hit. Alas, the Spanish influenza has struck, theatres are closed
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William Leight
Wodehouse was a brilliant and hilarious writer, but he undoubtedly had a template that he rarely deviated from. In the classic novels, the Jeeves and Wooster ones in particular, Wodehouse's outstanding characters -- not just Jeeves and Bertie, the stars, but also supporting characters like the Aunts Agatha and Dahlia, Spode, Madeline Bassett, and Gussie Fink-Nottle -- ensure that despite the recycled plot points and situations, you never lose interest. However, the lesser works, which generally ...more
Elisha Condie
I read this to balance out my depressing "parent with cancer" book and because I love Wodehouse. I know that everyone knows I love him. I say it all the time.

But I think I love Bertie & Jeeves best. Sally was sparkling and clever and I liked her a lot, but she's no Bertram Wilberforce Wooster. It was a fun little read though. I don't think I've ever met a Wodehouse I didn't like.
Jillian
Jul 07, 2009 Jillian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Oscar Wilde, Brenna Carroll
Shelves: classics, humor
Some parts were hilarious and I even Googled P.G. Wodehouse to find out when his birthday was because he reminded of Oscar Wilde. Some websites say they have the same birthday (I knew it), others say they are born a day apart. Either way, P.G. Wodehouse sounds exactly like Wilde. The story was just OK, but the humor is super snarky. I will definitely be reading more by Wodehouse.
Jessica
Librivox, where have you been all my life? I found this little gem by the author of one of my favorite duos, Jeeves and Wooster. I almost skipped it--you have to agree with me that The Adventures of Sally sounds very...dumb? For as brilliantly witty as P.G. Wodehouse is, I'm surprised at him. But that aside, there is NOTHING not to love about this book (is that a double negative?).

I can't exactly describe the plot, because there isn't really a solid one. This book jerks you all over the place, a
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Jim
Oct 06, 2012 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
Not Wodehouse's best. We follow the loves of Sally Nicholas, who is torn between a somewhat selfish theatrical producer and a British ne'er do well named Lancelot "Ginger" Kemp. For some reason, I think the author's weakest books relate to the theater and are set mostly in the United States. Oh for some Jeeves and the Empress of Blandings to liven things up!
Donna
I love PG Wodehouse. This novel, published in 1922, is as charming and funny as I have found all his work to be. It concerns the adventures of Sally on the path to true love. While not quite as ridiculously funny as the Jeeves stories are, it is more quietly amusing. I just always feel good after reading Wodehouse. What more can you ask for?
Suzannah
Fun early Wodehouse, from before he settled into his groove as a comic writer. The serious passages work wonderfully well and make one wonder what he would have produced if he hadn't discovered a superior genius for comedy. And of course there's plenty of clowning around to be had. Good fun.
Gary Jeleniewski
I've read this book twice in the last few years. Sally is a typical independent, take charge Wodehouse-ian protagonist, written at a time when few female characters were written that way.

This also contains one of my favourite passages in any book, where Wodehouse describes perfectly the anticipation and meticulous care taken in reading an unexpected letter from someone they care about.

A truly winning and enjoyable entry into the Wodehouse lexicon. If you've only enjoyed his Jeeves books, this
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Mike
An early Wodehouse, with several differences from the successful formula he later established.

Firstly, the main character is an American woman, rather than a British man. There is a British man who's an important character, and he's much the kind of not-too-bright but fundamentally decent Brit Wodehouse made a career of writing about, but the eponymous Sally is definitely the focus of the story.

Secondly, there's more seriousness and less comedy than in the books he's best remembered for. Peopl
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Siew Ee
“Adventures of Sally” is a British humour classic, and Wodehouse did not fail to deliver. His clever use of prose adds not only humour, but a vibrancy to the story. Being so tuned to contemporary novels, I did not expect this book to hold my attention the way it did. I enjoyed it more than “A Damsel in Distress”, the only other Wodehouse book I’ve read. But even after only 2 books, I am starting to recognize the writer’s voice, his style being quite distinctive.

The story revolves around Sally,
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Lisa
After watching all the "Jeeves and Wooster" I could find, the Wodehouse voice in "Mostly Sally" was immediately recognizable. This is the only book of his I've ever read though, so it was hard for me to tell if his plots and dialogue just work better as drama or if there was just superb acting and directing in the case of "Jeeves..". I can't quite see "Mostly Sally" acted out - the internal about-faces in emotion come a little too thick and fast. This is completely necessary to justify the behav ...more
Susan
And how often do you get to read a Wodehouse that you've never seen? Sally, a typically good-humored and spunky Wodehouse heroine, is working while waiting for a legacy when she becomes secretly engaged to playwright Gerald Foster. But is he really the right man for her? His one-time schoolmate Ginger Kemp doesn't think so, but then he loves Sally himself. So does his unpleasant cousin, for that matter. How long will it take Sally to realize who she really loves?
Somdutta
Apr 27, 2013 Somdutta rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans
So many suitors for the hand of Sally! This is a classic Wodehouse farce where the characters undergo complex situations - of course hilarious and everything is sorted out at the end. The incident of a dog-fight in a beach in France is hilarious and so well-described by Wodehouse. Sally has an admirable helpful streak in her. She goes to the aid of her brother Fillmore and Ginger whom she marries in the end, even if she had to take back a job as a dancer in the 'Flower Garden'. Anyone who loves ...more
Rachel
This is one of Wodehouse’s early novels and it shows a little. It is an out-and-out love story, with a lot more serious tone to it – less humour both in the writing and in the characters. In fact some of them were downright horrible.

Sally has come into some money and then goes about lending it to some of her friends (mainly Ginger) and her brother to get them out of different scrapes and schemes which have failed, prompting them to turn to further schemes which fail. After breaking up with her f
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Brynna
Early P. G. Wodehouse, such as this volume, often has the surprising twist of handling relationships in a serious fashion! It's a little jarring if you're expecting Gussie-and-Madeleine-esque treatment, but it's proof that he could do such writing with gentleness and power. It reminded me of the story of Far from the Madding Crowd, of all things. There's enough silliness here for the reader to still be aware that it's Wodehouse, though.
Nikki
I didn't know what to expect from my first Wodehouse, and I found it surprisingly delightful. The heroine is winning in so many ways, a product of the times in which she was written, but vastly appealing even to this child of the 1980s. By her own description "bossy and cocksure," Sally is also warm, kind-hearted, clever, impish, playful, and more meddlesome than she'd likely believe. The story begins with Sally coming into an inheritance and follows the impossibly serendipitous situational come ...more
Tony
THE ADVENTURES OF SALLY. (1922). P. G. Wodehouse. ***.
It seems as if Wodehouse was fixated on $25,000 as the magic number to enter the world of the rich. Of course, back in 1922, maybe it was. Our girl Sally happens to have $25,000 that she received in a legacy. She is searching around for a suitable place to invest it so that she can live off the income. After a bunch of semi-ridiculous suggestions from her friends, she finally gets talked into investing in a show that was written by her fiancé
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so ...more
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