Collected Short Stories of Saki

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Wordsworth Editions, 1993 - Fiction - 494 pages
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‘All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren't respectable live beyond other people's’.

Saki (H.H. Munro) stands alongside Anton Chekhov and O Henry as a master of the short story. His extraordinary stories are a mixture of humorous satire, irony and the macabre, in which the stupidities and hypocrisy of conventional society are viciously pilloried. This collection includes Sredni Vastor and The Unrest Cure.

‘We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart’

 

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User Review  - Michael Murray - Goodreads

There is a very fey young man here, Reginald, who has a whole section to himself. He is very wearing. Other stories are wicked and funny, and wickedly funny. Read full review

Contents

REGINALD
3
Reginald at the Theatre
9
Reginald on Worries
15
Reginald on Besetting Sins
21
Reginalds Christmas Revel
27
REGINALD IN RUSSIA
35
The Sex That Doesn t Shop
44
GabrielErnest
53
The MatchMaker
89
Tobermory
97
7ta Background
103
The Jesting of Arlington Stringham
114
Adrian
121
Tfo Qaetf
127
The Easter Egg
133
71e Mane ow fo Hill
139

The Soul ofLaploshka
60
The Strategist
68
The Mouse
81
7e Wy to the Dairy
150
7e Peace Offering
156
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About the author (1993)

H. H. Munro, better known as "Saki," was born in Burma, the son of an inspector-general for the Burmese police. Sent to England to be educated at the Bedford Grammar School, he returned to Burma in 1893 and joined the police force there. In 1896, he returned again to England and began writing first for The Westminster Gazette and then as a foreign correspondent for The Morning Post. Best known for his wry and amusing stories, Saki depicts a world of drawing rooms, garden parties, and exclusive club rooms. His short stories at their best are extraordinarily compact and cameolike, wicked and witty, with a careless cruelty and a powerful vein of supernatural fantasy. They deal, in general, with the same group of upper-class Britishers, whose frivolous lives are sometimes complicated by animals---the talking cat who reveals their treacheries in love, the pet ferret who is evil incarnate. The nom de plume "Saki" was borrowed from the cupbearer in Omar Khayyam's (see Vol. 2) The Rubaiyat. Munro used it for political sketches contributed to the Westminster Gazette as early as 1896, later collected as Alice in Westminster. The stories and novels were published between that time and the outbreak of World War I, when he enlisted as a private, scorning a commission. He died of wounds from a sniper's bullet while in a shell hole near Beaumont-Hamel. One of his characters summed up Saki's stories as those that "are true enough to be interesting and not true enough to be tiresome.

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