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The Adventures of Sally

The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse
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Pretty, charming, but impoverished Sally Nicholas' humdrum life is turned upside down when fate decides to step in. In this breezy, romantic comedy, PG Wodehouse delights readers with his portrayal of a charming young American girl who unexpectedly inherits a fortune which changes her life forever. The story follows Sally's fortunes and is told in Wodehouse's typical humorous style and keeps the reader thoroughly entertained to the very end.

First published in 1921 as a serial in Collier's Magazine in the US and in 1922 in the Grand Magazine, UK it appeared in book form titled Mostly Sally in 1922.

Sally lives with her brother Fillmore in a cheap boarding house and works as a taxi dancer to earn her living. She is on the verge of getting engaged to a budding playwright, Gerald Foster. The story opens with Sally throwing a party to celebrate her good luck. The guests are fellow boarders and each one of them has a suggestion on how to use the money. Fillmore, who has become even more proud and pompous after coming into wealth, is an unattractive specimen who is not above a bit of skating on thin ice in financial matters at the firm where he works. He also nurses theatrical ambitions. Sally decides to enjoy her good luck and spend her money on an extended holiday in France, where she meets a host of interesting characters. Among them are the bucolic yet steadfast pugilist, Ginger Kemp, and his debonair cousin, the suave Bruce Carmyle.

How Sally finds true love and happiness forms the rest of the story, which takes some enjoyable detours to arrive at its conclusion. Filled with lots of confusion and mistaken identity, laughs and some tears, this is an entrancing read, especially for Wodehouse fans. The cute and vivacious Sally makes a memorable and lovable heroine and the reader is easily drawn into her adventures. This is a story that appeals to readers of all ages.

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THE ADVENTURES OF SALLY

By P. G. Wodehouse

CHAPTER I. SALLY GIVES A PARTY

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Sally looked contentedly down the long table. She felt happy at last. Everybody was talking and laughing now, and her party, rallying after an uncertain start, was plainly the success she had hoped it would be. The first atmosphere of uncomfortable restraint, caused, she was only too well aware, by her brother Fillmore's white evening waistcoat, had worn off; and the male and female patrons of Mrs. Meecher's select boarding house (transient and residential) were themselves again.

At her end of the table the conversation had turned once more to the great vital topic of Sally's legacy and what she ought to do with it. The next best thing to having money of one's own, is to dictate the spending of somebody else's, and Sally's guests were finding a good deal of satisfaction in arranging a Budget for her. Rumour having put the sum at their disposal at a high figure, their suggestions had certain spaciousness.

"Let me tell you," said Augustus Bartlett, briskly, "what I'd do, if I were you... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 7 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 15, 2014
A great story spoken by an excellent reader. Wodehouse fans should be aware this tale has more about relationships and has less of the sometimes absurdities of the Jeeves tales. There's humor, but it's more warm than funny.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2014
Thank you from Spain! :)
Reviewer: - December 7, 2013
Super super reader !!
Reviewer: - June 3, 2013
Subject: Fun & Wittily Read
I love the reader and as always, a great book from Wodehouse.
Reviewer: - August 18, 2009
Subject: Delightfully funny tale
This is a delightfully funny story about an intelligent, honest, strong and warm−hearted woman. The cast of characters is quite a contrast to our young heroine and set her off nicely. Kara Schallenberg gives another excellent reading − you can tell that she is enjoying Sally's adventures as much as her listeners are.
Reviewer: - July 15, 2009
Subject: Highly recommended!
A very witty book, read extremely well. Ms Shallenberg has the perfect voice for Sally.
Reviewer: - April 2, 2009
Subject: The Adventures of Sally
I really enjoyed this audio book!! I highly recommend it! the reader did a good job and acted out the voices a bit to help the listener follow along.


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