The Adventures of Sally
If you come into a lot of money, life becomes easier, right?
No, wrong - at least not for Sally Nicholas, whose generosity of spirit immediately runs into all the slings and arrows outrageous fortune can send. Her handsome fiancé turns out not to be all he seems - and then there is the show he's written, which Sally puts on in the theatre. No, life is not straightforward at all.
But waiting in the wings is Ginger Kemp, who really does adore her, seems to make a hash of everything he tries and yet is always ready to try something else. If money becomes a problem, perhaps Ginger can provide a solution.
Reviewed on 24th April 2012
Sally's Adventures, while providing the lightness I was looking for in reading a work of P G Wodehouse, didn't really grip me. Sally has come into an inheritance on her 21st birthday and is looking for how to use it, while a group of suitors compete for her hand.
Sally herself is, as I suspect is common in Wodehouse's novels, a strong female lead who is friendly and generous - her character is probably the most compelling part of the adventure as we follow her ups and downs. The other characters are also well defined and described with the author's typical wit.
The plot is where the book felt weak to me - it seemed quite flighty with little by way of a continuing narrative. It is broken up by long stretches of skipped time. That said, I found the stylistic device of telling the story via the medium of Sally's letters to be great fun, and wished that small part in the middle to be longer to exploit this more.
Overall, the book did satisfy my desire for lightness and as always the author's choice of language is delectable. It's just that, as a story, it didn't quite have sufficient flow.