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The Short Stories of Saki

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A collection of some of Saki's darker & sharper short stories: Sredni Vashtar, The Boar-Pig, The Schwarz-Metterklume Method, The Story-Teller, The Lumber Room, The Toys of Peace, The Reticence of Lady Anne, Mrs Packletide's Tiger. The Unrest-Cure, The Quest, The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope, The 7th Pullet, The Hen, The Brogue, The She-Wolf, The Holiday Task, The Blind ...more
Kindle Edition, 693 pages
Published (first published 1930)
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Megan
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading works by Hector Munro for a summer class and this guy has such creativity when it comes to naming his characters I find myself laughing out loud at his odd one-liners and catch phrases.
Travelin
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Saki was the type of man society women kept hovering around in the parlour, like his famous cat. His famous story about a talking cat really made me laugh, until the end, that is, which was too droll and catty, like many of his other short stories, done without purpose, just for a weak giggle.
Joseph
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of my favorite writers!
Eric
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Some of the best satire you're likely to find. A lot like Twain, but dealing with the foibles of his British countrymen.
Erik Graff
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
This is one of the several purchases I made at the book section of Korvettes when Dad would deposit me there during his bargain hunting marathons. It also was the first time I experienced the exquisite delights of outrage when unjustly accused--outside of familial circumstances of course. The tale is pretty simple. After being picked up by Dad and being directed--his right hand on my head, turning it in to turn me as we walked along--to the parking lot, two men in suits came up to us besides our ...more
Jake
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes quite a good writer to make a book of short of stories that I'm willing to read straight through. The mixture of turn of the century American writing similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald but with a twist in each story that takes them out of the city to contend with nature. "Esme" the story of the women who capture a hyena in the woods who promptly devours a gypsy child was twisted and funny, but Tobermory was the best examining the idea that we come to resemble physically and in other maneris ...more
Craig
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* Read a little over half the book. Lots of 4* and 5* shorts in the 100 or so stories that I read. But got tired of the Brits aristocracy / class system themes. Most are have great twists and turns at the ends and only run 2-4 pages in length. Didn't feel like another 300 pages of the same...
Clark S
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

Roughly a contemporary of Oscar Wilde and writing on the same subject, (British aristocracy), Saki poignantly and satirically gives intimate flavor to that bygone, post-Victorian era.

Not as ribald as Wilde, but every bit as funny.
Sherry Nick
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sredni Vashtar," "The Story-Teller," "The Open Window," "The Music on the Hill." and "the lumber room", I will read the rest as soon as I find them
Jenny Thayer
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
currently listening to his short stories on libra vox and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! So imaginative and different and strange and loving!
R.K. Cowles
3 1/2 stars
Lisa
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great writing from a truly tragic character. If you like this, check out the stuff for grownups by Roald Dahl as well.
Michael Mayer
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the snarky character Reginald; who knew Saki could be so entertaining!
Heidi
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm savoring every last story in this deliciously witty book. It may take me a decade to get through it, since each little story is so pithy and wonderful.
benebean
Nov 28, 2010 marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medium
so... this is the first professionally recorded audiobook where, for me, the narrators really detracted from the writing.
James Violand
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers.
Shelves: own
Amusing. Subtle humor by a gifted writer. Worth the effort.
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Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, was born in Akyab, Burma (now known as Sittwe, Myanmar), was a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives. "The Open ...more
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