The Best of Saki
No writer has combined laughter with savagery more devastatingly than Saki. Though he died nearly ninety years ago, the blackness of his comedy is contemporary and his wit has lost none of its freshness and sparkle.
At Edwardian tea tables, his elegant characters defend themselves against a malignant Nature waiting to kill and maim. As Tom Sharpe says, ‘Step out through the French windows and you are in the realms of Pan . . .’
This selection of the best of Saki’s stories gives a new generation the opportunity to be dazzlingly entertained – and to discover a rare and original contribution to English literature.
‘Start a Saki story and you will finish it. Finish one and you will start another, and having finished them all you will never forget them. They remain an addiction because they are much more than funny’ Tom Sharpe
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Review: The Best of SakiUser Review - Bob Stewart - Goodreads
Saki kind of combines the cliche O. Henry ending with an Ambrose Bierce sensibility. They are neat little stories, but if you read them in succession you begin to anticipate the ending pretty easily, like the worse of O.Henry. Better to read these with long rests in between. Read full review
Review: The Best of SakiUser Review - Goodreads
If you have a dry, dark sense of humour you will love these short stories. You will find yourself smiling at surprising moments, possibly feeling a bit guilty for it, and reading on.