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Sam the Sudden di P. G. Wodhouse
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Sam the Sudden (originale 1925; edizione 1974)

di P. G. Wodhouse (Autore)

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Not-so-fresh off the tramp steamer from America, Sam Shotter settles in the sleepy suburb of Valley Fields. His pastoral peace is short-lived, however, when Soapy Molloy, Dolly the Dip, and Chimp Twist arrive on the scene looking for two million dollars they seem to have mislaid in the vicinity. Not only does Sam discover he's living right bang next door to the girl of his dreams, but he's sitting, rather embarrassingly, on a goldmine. Some rather superior sleuthing will be required.… (altro)
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Titolo:Sam the Sudden
Autori:P. G. Wodhouse (Autore)
Info:Penguin (1974), Edition: New Ed, 256 pages
Collezioni:Adult Books
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“Sam the Sudden” has plenty of humour and a good plot. Certain elements could be considered too coincidental, but as this is Wodehouse’s world, it’s no real issue.

Complications, misunderstanding, mistaken identities, and love matches that don’t run smoothly are all here in good working order. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Sep 7, 2021 |
3* for this edition, 4* for the book itself (see below for details)

I was surprised and pleased to find that this early novel of Wodehouse's introduces not only Soapy & Dolly Molloy and their sometime colleague Chimp Twist (whose antics enlivened the later book "Money for Nothing" that I read last month) but also Lord Tilbury of the Mammoth Publishing Co.! The eponymous Sam is an American who went to Wrykyn (familiar to those who have read Wodehouse's 'School' books) and is back in England now as a young man.

I might have given this a better rating if this Internet Archive ebook edition hadn't contained so many errors (I hesitate to call them typos when they are clearly the result of a poor combination of scanning and importing into both ePub and Kindle formats). If you want to read this book, you are better off using the link given to stream it directly from Internet Archives (which is what I ended up doing). ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 19, 2020 |
This rereading of my extensive Wodehouse collection is throwing up unexpected and unsettling results. I had always considered Sam the Sudden one of my absolute favourites but it seems my taste has altered over time. This is a gentle, amusing and rather sweet read, which ramps up to at least four stars over the last couple of chapters, but I need a bit more vim and vinegar in my P. G. nowadays, it seems, preferring those chock-full of snappy one-liners and with plots as tight as a kettle drum.

It makes me a little sad. Perhaps I'm less of an uncomplicated romantic than I was in my younger days. A part of me mourns the passing of that innocent state.

The fact that I had very high expectations of this and the last "all-time favourite" Wodehouse I read, and by which I was disappointed (Uneasy Money), may also have played a part.

Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, I find myself crying softly to myself, in the words of Lord Peter quoting from Death's Jest-Book, or The Fool's Tragedy in Strong Poison: "Oh, I am changing, changing, fearfully changing." (How's that for multiple book name-dropping!) ( )
  Vivl | May 18, 2014 |
Exuberant Sam Shotter finds that his career in publishing and his pursuit of the Unattainable Goddess living next door are considerably enlivened by the stolen millions hidden somewhere in his nondescript suburban semi and the presence in his home of a slightly insane hound named Amy.

Classic Wodehouse. Not his best - it can be a bit rambling compared to the sharpness of his best works - but still excellent. Loveable characters, superb prose, entertainment all the way. ( )
1 vota Eat_Read_Knit | Mar 10, 2010 |
This is a cute, romantic story about Sam and how he wins the girl of his dreams. It has classic Wodehouse style with pompous aristocrats and clueless young punks. The criminals Soapy Molloy and Chimp Twist try to get into Sam's house to secure the loot from a long-ago heist which is believed to be hidden there. A little rambling, especially in the first half. ( )
  Pferdina | Aug 24, 2008 |
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P. G. Wodehouseautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Palola, EinoTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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All day long, New York, stewing in the rays of a late August sun, had been growing warmer and warmer; until now, at three o'clock in the afternoon, its inhabitants, with the exception of a little group gathered together on the tenth floor of the Wilmot Building on Upper Broadway, had divided themselves by a sort of natural cleavage into two main bodies - the one crawling about and asking those they met if this was hot enough for them, the other maintaining that what they minded was not so much the heat as the humidity.
In quegli ultimi giorni, arrostita dal sole di un agosto inoltrato, New York era diventata sempre più calda.
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UK title 'Sam the Sudden', US title 'Sam in the Suburbs' The work was later reworked as Ice in the Bedroom. Do not combine the latter title.
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Not-so-fresh off the tramp steamer from America, Sam Shotter settles in the sleepy suburb of Valley Fields. His pastoral peace is short-lived, however, when Soapy Molloy, Dolly the Dip, and Chimp Twist arrive on the scene looking for two million dollars they seem to have mislaid in the vicinity. Not only does Sam discover he's living right bang next door to the girl of his dreams, but he's sitting, rather embarrassingly, on a goldmine. Some rather superior sleuthing will be required.

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