The Adventures of Sally Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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But just as Sally is concluding that she has disastrously misplaced her bets, it looks as if a piece of speculation about an outsider might just give her adventures a happy ending.
P.G. Wodehouse is in sparkling form, in a story set on both sides of the Atlantic in the Roaring '20s.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 40 minutes|
|Author||P. G. Wodehouse|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 29, 1999|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #169,967 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,831 in Humorous Fiction & Satire
#4,828 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,546 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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You can almost feel the Great Depression looming ominously beyond the horizon, as the Sally's tale begins with dreamy plans for financial gains and burdens of familial financial loss. Almost immediately, Sally is whisked away to a less widely known vacation spot in Roville, France, where she meets love interests Mr. Two and Mr. Three (already engaged to Mr. One). Sally's sparked interest in Mr. Two, lets call him Ginger, begins the basic premise for the plot. The rest of the book involves rejection from Mr. One in favor of Miss Two, and offering scorn to Mr. Three in reponse to his offers of love, predictably because he was immediately and always disliked. This is all sandwiched between the financial adventures of Sally's brother Fillmore as he competes for financial independance by taking up multiple ludicrous failing schemes.
Now, while unpredictable, the plot offers little in intrigue directly itself, but it does offer us something that few plots do: a feeling of reality. The repeated financial failures of friends and family members do happen, and seeing it portrayed here does a lot for the emotional involvment in the story. A nagging depression is the offshoot of this approach; always knowing that things are not going well, cannot go well, and will not go well does that to you.
During these traumatic events, we see Sally, as she is portrayed as a real flesh and blood human being. Still trapped in the mannerisms of the day, the etiquette that covers up much of her true feelings, but also alone and dismal. One scene stands out to me more than anything. Sally receiving that 'Dear Jane' letter from Mr. One, knowing what it must contain, sitting on the floor in the bathroom and burning it. But not just burning it, but throwing a lit match at it and letting it burn on top of it, and repeating that process until it was nothing more than a dirty spot on the floor. Very memorable.
While the basic plot, as I've outlined it seems simple, it is actually more complicated. There are reasons why each of the three love interests are considered and of interest, at least for a short time, and this is an example of the plot's creativity. Also, spicing up the plot, is the basic itinerary, which includes London, NYC, Chicago, Detroit, and the already mentioned Roville, France and these diverse locations add much to the flavor. Combine that with including three main characters of British descent, and you have a recipe for intrigue.
Other story elements of interest include thetrical productions, boxers, and dance instructors (think Tina Turners 'Private Dancer' and you get the picture better). These so fit the persona of urban America at the time, and if you like any of these bits of Americana, this book would be considered a must read. As with most of the "classics" there are bits of historical flavor which make them real gems.
Overall, a very good book from a very good author who has a very unique style of writing you are sure to find refreshing.
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 Boston and recently into her inheritance. She's an independent young woman, used to having her way and directing others in theirs. In fact the independent spirit of her intended will provide one of several plot twists. She is free of the uncles and aunts that will provide so much humor in later Wodehouse and instead is for the moment saddled with her pompous overreaching brother.
The first thing Sally will do with her money is to take herself off to Europe and in particular the beaches of southern France. It is here that her real adventures will begin. Those adventures will mostly be about the men who will fall in love with her.
Like later Wodehouse men will fall in love pretty much on sight and for the most trivial of reasons. Sally being a levelheaded girl will expect more of love than just a few fleeting feelings of chemistry. It is this conflict that will provide the major plot driver.
All of this is not to suggest that you will miss the froth and humor that will lead many critical; make that authoritarian literary voices to conclude that PG Wodehouse wrote some of the funniest English language material of the 20th century. Sally's adventures tend to vary from quite humorous to sound if not funny storytelling. There is an emotional range in the Adventures of Sally. We're not taken into the depths of depression but it is made known to us that characters are feeling more deeply than most of the population in PG's future stories. This is a pleasant read and a worthy a chance to see a writer early in his career.
I am writing this in February 2014, the Kindle copy is free. I strongly recommend this book for Woodhouse fans and at this price it is a perfect opportunity for the uninitiated to introduce themselves too many hours in many books by an entertaining author.