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The Adventures of Sally

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,834 ratings  ·  330 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. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1922)
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Shala Howell
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Amy Wilder
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Autumn Doughton
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ian Wood
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

For more read e.g. Alisha's or QNPoohBear's review.

[I have been listening to a splendid reading by Kara Shallenberg from LibriVox]
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not as lighthearted as some of Wodehouse’s other novels. It was kind of getting depressing towards the end but as usual, it culminated in a happy ending.

There were some really funny parts but on a whole, I didn’t like it as much as the Blandings or Jeeves series.

Sally was increasingly turning out to be one of those women who talk and act as if they own the earth and go about treating people like their playthings, but Wodehouse thankfully, averted that by giving her actual human qualiti
Michael P.
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
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,'
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is he first Wodehouse I've read that has a female main protagonist. It was amusing but not fall on the floor hilarious as some of his other books are. It was read by Kara Shallenberg who's become one of my favorite reader. ...more
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 could be Madeline Basset's twin sister. lol And I got the feeling she wasn't supposed to be that way. So if I'd read this I might have felt differently.

Still, I didn't see much in Sally to admire. She co
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this was a cute, slightly comic rom-com from the 20's....
But I didn't think it was Wodehouse.
If I had read it without knowing who the author was, he wouldn't have been my guess. While there are some really humorous turns of phrase and great comic moments, it's not nearly as madcap and deliberately nonsensical as his other books. This was one of his earlier works (1921), and it feels strangely earnest. Maybe it's because he's writing with a female as his main character, or maybe it's ju
Vimal Thiagarajan
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not Vintage Wodehouse. It took a while to warm up to the characters, but once it got going it just kept going with typical Wodehousian plot twists and improvisations and ended up being a good read.
Published in 1922, this is a funny, charming, screwball comedy about a young woman, Sally Nicholas, and her attempts to manage the lives of almost everyone around her. There's her foolish, Flo Ziegfeld-wannabe brother, Fillmore, who has one wild scheme after another; her devoted admirer, Lancelot "Ginger" Kemp, with his flame-red hair, impulsive nature, and knack for losing one job after another; the aging, British expatriate actor, Maxwell Faucitt, whose observations about people are always dea ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you want good ol' satirical British humor, Wodehouse is always a good choice. When Sally's fiancé wants to keep their engagement a secret she thinks that if she didn't love him, and if he wasn't an artist, she would wonder if he was a homicidal arsonist. Makes sense to me. ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
A fun summer - or anytime - read. Wodehouse is great for his use of the English language - and his blending his Queens English with his American lifestyle.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour
A fun read . it had me chuckling on a lot of pages but it sort of dragged towards the HEA end which was expected anyhow.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In which Wodehouse locates stuffy respectability and high-handed authority in an uncle not an aunt.
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not to Wagnerian sturm und drang Empires must fall broken heartedness - but genuine heartfelt pain and confusion and with the understanding that a good chum does not ask the lady about her heartbreak.

The Adventures of Sally is early Wodehouse. Psmith, the Empress of Blandings and that media powerhouse pair of Jeeves and Wooster are in the future. Instead we have a sequence of non-typical Wodehouse conventions. The main character is an American girl Sally Nicholas. A Midwestern girl come to Bosto
Kaethe Douglas
The Adventures of Sally - P.G. Wodehouse Carrying on with a theme of “books set in a time that never really existed” we have here a comedy which gives passing mention to the Spanish Flu and therefore would have to be set between 1917 and 1922, but which avoids any reference to the recent war. There’s a boarding house full of characters, and scrappy young things trying to make it on Broadway, and chaps who aren’t good at investing, but aren’t too distraught at being broke, and snobby aristocratic ...more
Elisha Condie
Oct 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
3 Stars

The Adventures of Sally is the story of a young woman who inherits a significant sum of money and all of the events that arise because of it. The story is sort of like a weird mash-up between a spoofy Howards End and The Importance of Being Earnest.

”A man’s subconscious self is not the ideal companion. It lurks for the greater part of his life in some dark den of its own, hidden away, and emerges only to taunt and deride and increase the misery of a miserable hour.”

Written during and
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit, via-audiobook, humor
One of the earliest of Wodehouse's novels, this was the first of his that I've read. I quite enjoyed it, and found the hyperbolic personalities to be drawn so daintily that they didn't become grotesque comedies, but instead thin foils for the drawing of observations--some insightful, some frivolous.

I suspect this one gets overlooked because it doesn't have Jeeves and Wooster, but here the comedy isn't in the situations and the madcap hijinks, but in the droll banter and the comparisons of duty t
J. Lee Hazlett
Wodehouse's work is a joy to read almost without exception, and 'The Adventures of Sally' ranks high on my list of personal Wodehouse favorites. This book is full of excellent characterization- Wodehouse is a master of painting complex and interesting females with just a few words - and has a plot that keeps you uncertain right up until the end (even though you're certain it will be fine, because Wodehouse). A great read for anyone who wants an engaging tale full of laughs that they don't have t ...more
Derelict Space Sheep
Wodehouse’s American stories tend to be a little more staid than those set in England. The plot here is clever and the prose witty. Sally is a winning protagonist. But Davidson’s audiobook reading plays no small role in enlivening the whole shebang.
Paging Snidget
Started very well and was laugh out loud funny at times but I thought it lost its way a bit towards the end.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
oh UGH what a slog! not even much humor to be extracted from it. definitely not among his better works.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
what is wrong with Sally!! the writing is really good and there are amusing instances here and there, but dear god Wodehouse has no clue how to write about women!
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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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