Friday, April 05, 2013

Book: The Collected Short Stories of Saki (Hector Hugo Monro)

This wondrous book contains all the short-stories of Hector Hugo Monro (pen-name Saki), who was unfortunately put away by a sniper during WWI. The short stories each are no more than a few pages long and Monro's biting, dark satire is quite different to anything else I've come across, making for a delicisouly enjoyable reading experience.

My favourite stories from the collection:
  • Reginald on Tarriffs
  • The Sex that Doesn't Shop
  • Gabriel-Ernest
  • The Bag
  • Cross Currents
  • Tobermory
  • Mrs Packletide's Tiger
  • The Background
  • Sredni Vashtar
  • The Way to the Dairy
  • The Hounds of Fate
  • The Remoulding of Groby Lington
  • Clovis on Parental Responsibilities 
  • The Stalled Ox
  • The Lumber-Room
  • Tea
  • Louis
  • The Guests
  • The Image of the Lost Soul
  • The Gala Programme 

The Collected Short Stories of Saki costs a mere £1.99 including postage.

**** (or five-stars if I only count the above stories)

A selection of passages from various stories:















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