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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591599
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Pure word music" DOUGLAS ADAMS

About the Author

The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction.

At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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`Doctor Sally' was written at the height of Wodehouse's powers as a novelist and yet as a novel it is one of his worst. The book was adapted from Wodehouse's own play `Good Morning, Bill' or more realistically wasn't adapted from the play, it is the play with a few stage directions added between the dialogue.

I imagine it worked well as a play, the dialogue is absolutely fabulous, Lord Tidmouth or Squiffy's reaction to his ex-wife Lottie realising Bill intends to break up with her `You've put the thing in a nutshell. It's all off, and so is he'. Another classic would be Doctor Sally's answering Lottie's concerns on her diagnosis that she requires rest `Aren't you going to look at my tongue?', `I can tell, without looking at it, that it needs a rest too.'

The plot is that Bill Bannister has got over his infatuation with Lottie and has fallen in love with Sally Smith. Lottie's ex-husband and Bill's childhood friend Squiffy has realised that he never got over Lottie. Bill's uncle, Sir Hugo Drake, is trying to get Bill to realise that Lottie would not be a suitable match for him and that someone like Sally would be much more suitable. Sally wasn't looking for love but merely to be taken seriously as a female doctor.

The play was clearly a two act affair with the first act set in the traditional Wodehouse sea side resort of Bingley-on-sea where we are introduced to the protagonists and what passes as the plot. In the second act we are at Bill's country seat where Bill has got Doctor Sally down under the false pretence of being ill whilst Sir Hugo has invited Lottie to illustrate how she would be unhappy in the rural environment.

The plot comes off in the way we would expect and although driven by some of Wodehouse's crisper dialogue it doesn't work as a novel and should certainly not be tackled as an introduction to the masters work. As well as the dialogue the books other redeeming quality is that it is very short.
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This short novel was adapted by Wodehouse from his play "Good Morning, Bill", which had been based on a play by the Hungarian playwright Ladislaus Fodor. It is a brief piece in two distinct acts. In the first, Bill Bannister, having given his uncle the slip while on holiday, has been getting to know Lottie Higginbotham, an ex-wife of his old friend Lord Tidmouth. Then, he meets and falls in love with golf-loving Doctor Sally Smith. The second act is set at Bannister's country home, to which he has called Doctor Sally while pretending to be ill. Unbeknownst to him, his uncle believes Bill still to be enamoured of XX, and has secretly invited her to stay, hoping that Bill will realise his feelings are nothing more than an infatuation. Cue lots of comical misunderstandings and much verbal felicity.

Although laid-out as a novel, the story has few characters and little in the way of scene-setting. The complex plots full of labyrinthine twists and multiple entanglements which we expect from Wodehouse are conspicuously lacking here. What we are left with is the customary verbal dexterity and bright wit. Far too slight to stand comparison with Wodehouse's more substantial works, this is a minor gem, but a gem nonetheless.
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Bill Bannister is a loveable but apparently useless young man who has inherited a pile in the country and has hooked up with a much divorced and loud American woman of dubious antecedents. Bill's uncle, a distinuished doctor, despairs of the connection and plots a way to split them up. In the meantime Bill has already decided to bring the relationship to an end and enlists the assistance of his great friend Lord Tidmouth, formerly married to said American, to break the news. The reaction is not good, and a doctor is called to deal with the ensuing hysterics. The doctor is Sally, with whom Bill instantly falls in love. She thinks him nice but a wastrel. In the end everyone ends up coming to Bill's country pile, invited by different people for different reasons. Of course, this being Wodehouse, everything turns out for the best. That being said, this is certainly not the best of Wodehouse. Scarcely 130 pages long, the plot is so pared back that the reader can clearly see the denouement from early on, and there are few story twists to throw you off the scent. The fact the book was based on a stage play Wodehouse wrote probably explains the brevity of plot and the fact that all the action takes place in two main locations. Good for a train journey as a bit of light distration but there are far better Wodehouse books out there than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff. 13 Nov. 2009
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If you are considering this book as your baby steps into the world of Wodehouse, venture elsewhere, young neophyte, this one is not for you. Don't get me wrong, it has all the elements of a Wodehouse romantic comedy, but it's not as strong. Might I suggest Something Fresh (The Collector's Wodehouse) as your place of embarkation? That book, if you are one of the chosen, will knock you off your feet.

For those of you who have bested many of Plum's finest, but haven't read Doctor Sally, it's a trifle in length and scope but still contains some of the masters unique creations, such as:

"He spoke with a loving warmth which would have excited the respectful envy of the author of the Song of Solomon."

Pip Pip

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5.0 out of 5 stars You definitely don't want to keep this doctor away! 27 Mar. 2000
By Sandhya Sriraman - Published on
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Sally is one of Wodehouse's typical girls - charmingly attractive, pert, and witty. And not unaware of the hero's charms! The way she asks him to put out his tongue and gives her diagnosis on it, when he is making declarations of his everlasting love for her, is not so rude as charming! Plum can make his characters say the most outrageous things and still get away with them, and you will still end up holding your sides and laughing at them, and loving them.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice moments, but not one of his classics and an irritating lead 3 April 2015
By Trevor Kettlewell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Capably done – Wodehouse on a bad day is better than most people on a good one – but this didn’t give me as much joy as he has in other books.


Squiffy is a pleasure, but Bill is just too unpleasant company for most of the time, and his ultimate redemption didn’t make sense – it was important earlier that he couldn’t find satisfaction in work (like the pig farm), and Sally had him bang to rights as an infantile waster, having a tantrum when he couldn’t have what he wanted. The abrupt revelation that he really was a serious worker jarred – much as you can see Wodehouse delighting in the sketch style humour of the gel becoming … ahem … overwhelmed with desire … with the reverse of the classic words that had left her cold (“Oh, Bill, tell me more about bacteria and butter tonnage! Oh!!).

Otherwise Bill was charmless and ill-tempered (not in a funny way) and there for too much of the time, and even Sally, who was initially refreshing and without a hint of ill-will, became more smug than self-assured. Moreover Bill hasn’t shown himself vaguely worthy – that she would fall for this grumpy ass reflects poorly on her.

Wodehouse, as ever, is all over his narration, and the idea was workable, but the particular interplay of characters for me meant it didn’t soar – and when Wodehouse soars, it doesn’t get much better.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor is In! 18 Oct. 2009
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I enjoyed this book very much! Actually, it was the first P.G. Wodehouse book I ever read and what made me look for more of his work. Alas, hilarious misadventures of a man who pursues a woman who wants nothing to do with him! I have been looking for the book forever and finally, it's here! I've been wanting to read it again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Luvverley! 8 Nov. 2014
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Can't be beat. Beautiful edition, elegant typeface, nice size and feel. Plus the content!
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