In 'The Unrest Cure' the ordered home of a respectable country gent is rocked to its core. And 'Laura' expresses the hope of revenge via reincarnation. For punchlines, twists, satire and pure mirth, Saki's stories are second-to-none. Saki was incapable of writing a dull sentence, but the final lines of his short stories are works of art in themselves".
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Saki is the pen name of H. Munro, born in in Burma and educated in England. He began his writing career as a journalist and foreign correspondent but later turned to writing fiction — predominantly short stories for which he is best-remembered — as well as one history book. He was 43 when the First World War started. He was killed in in France by a German sniper. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.
By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter. Paperback Books Categories. It may have been better to read this compendium in parts over a longer period, which may have provided a better appreciation of the wit and talent of this prolific short story writer. Dec 08, Isabel kittiwake rated it it was amazing. Tell me a story," said the Baroness, staring out despairingly at the rain; it was that light, apologetic sort of rain that looks as if it was going to leave off every minute and goes on for the greater part of the afternoon.
Clovis rearranged several cushions to his personal solace and satisfaction; he kne Tell me a story," said the Baroness, staring out despairingly at the rain; it was that light, apologetic sort of rain that looks as if it was going to leave off every minute and goes on for the greater part of the afternoon. Clovis rearranged several cushions to his personal solace and satisfaction; he knew that the Baroness liked her guests to be comfortable, and he thought it right to respect her wishes in that particular.
My parents had a copy of his stories so I read them when I was quite young and bought my own copy when I moved out. I found the story 'Gabriel-Ernest' incredibly scary when I first read it as a child, even though nothing much actually happens. It's all down to the atmosphere and what is implied. The other one that really scared me, was 'The Music on the Hill' where Sylvia goes to live in the country and unfortunately manages to upset the Great God Pan. Most of the stories however, are humorous, and are set in the upper class world of Britain before the Great War, with a lot of them featuring quite cruel practical jokes.
Saki had a dark sense of humour and a hatred of Aunts, due to being brought up by two of his aunts while his father was serving in the East. This book included some very funny tales that hadn't made it into the 'best of' collections that I have read in the past, as well as a few duds. Brilliant, glittering shards. Like 'Pink Flag' by Wire, if you don't like the one you're on, there'll be something else great along soon.
Like 'Pink Flag' by Wire, though, it's pretty much all great. Jan 04, Gloria rated it liked it.
Saki's stories become predictable quite early on, they are still delightful to read though. It gave me the giggles a few times, the Suffragetae's presence in the 'Unrecorded episode in Roman history' for instance.
Some of the humour was lost on me since there are plenty of topical references, but that's my fault not Saki's. Unless you're a completist, it might be worth going for a curated collection of stories before diving into the complete set. A brilliant collection of short stories, where Britain reigned supreme, the different classes knew their place, and women did not have the vote. The good humour and coziness disguises some of the social injustices that the author was in favour of. Rapier wit gone amok. Some bits have aged poorly pogroms, lol. Note to self, selections exist for a reason.
View 2 comments. Safe to say this isn't my cup of Darjeeling, but I'm glad to say I've read Saki now. It's easy to picture Downton Abbey or the pre-war part of Atonement : very pampered Englishfolk gathered in the parlor of some countryside manor, making unwitty witticisms to each other. The description of this collection says, "Saki is a social satirist of his contemporary upper-class Edwardian world. But it goes on to say, "The stories are humorous, satiric, supernatural, and macabre, highly individual, full of eccentric wit and unconventional situations.
I gave up after five months and didn't finish it just for comparison: it usually takes me a week to finish a book. But sadly, Saki's efforts are missing the dynamic and poignancy of those works, his writing is oddly lifeless, regardless of how many funny situations and sly double-entendre I gave up after five months and didn't finish it just for comparison: it usually takes me a week to finish a book.
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But sadly, Saki's efforts are missing the dynamic and poignancy of those works, his writing is oddly lifeless, regardless of how many funny situations and sly double-entendres he puts into them. He tried, but it wasn't enough to hold my attention for pages of small print.
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Apr 06, Thetravelingpanda rated it it was ok Shelves: english-classics. I have to admit I only read half of the entire collection. There are really short stories, most of them are two pages long. But their ending are abrupt and for most negative.
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There is a conflict between the figure of the child and the adult, one of my teachers said it was because Saki hated his aunts. What I liked was that there was a crucial place for animals that are related to children. This is a very hard book to rate. In this case those were more towards the end of the book so I got tired of it and wasn't left with a great impression. What a treat. Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro , who fell in His stories bordering on farce are often hilarious and sometimes macabre like Sredni Vashtar.
Aug 01, Karen Rye added it Shelves: dnf , , book-group-tue. Complete standstill.
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Not actually reading this version, but a very old copy, one close to it. What a book - My copy ended with 'The Unbearable Bassington'. Michael Grogan rated it liked it Jan 20, Lara rated it really liked it Sep 30, Kimberly Martin rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Dekaydreader rated it liked it Feb 04, Jo Daneman rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Down 86, this week.
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