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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H M Munro Narrator: Jermyn Street Theatre Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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The stories of HH Munro - better known by his pen name of Saki - have scarcely been out of print since they were first published nearly a century ago. Yet it often seems that their particular delights are reserved for the private pleasure of his coterie of admirers. It has to be admitted that a taste for Saki is something of an addiction. And like all addictions, once acquired, it is hard to shake off.

In the years since his tragic early death in the trenches at the hands of a German sniper, fellow addicts have included Graham Greene, Noel Coward, and Tom Sharpe.

All of us take a slightly wicked satisfaction from his biting wit and the subversive way in which he undermines the staid Edwardian Society he purports to observe. But to a much greater extent than his near-contemporaries, Wilde and Kipling, there is something dark and menacing at the heart of Saki's writing.

Behind the refined twinkle of tea cups on an Edwardian lawn can be heard the distant howling of a wolf. Hidden among the shrubbery in a carefully manicured garden lurk all kinds of Beasts and Superbeasts, ready to wreak Nature's revenge on an uncaring mankind with its arrogant belief in materialism, progress, and the innate respectability of middle-class values.

Where Kipling's menagerie tends to simple analogues of human types, Saki's animals can rise up with the full power of Pan himself. This is not to ignore Saki's ability to turn an aphorism with all the facility and wit of the divine Oscar at his best.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sreelekha | 2/6/2011

    " Saki at his best.You would love the satire,the humour and his takes on human nature..Very entertaining.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T. | 7/29/2010

    " Decadent, Wildean, and shockingly un-P.C. Always good for a snort on long car trips. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 2/22/2009

    " My sister Aldana gave this book as a gift... It is funny, I´d like to read more by Saki. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/18/2009

    " Probably my favorite collection of short stories. Wickedly funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thunderous applesauce | 1/7/2009

    " Short stories that bite. Clever, but tiresome if read in one sitting. Better in small doses, I think. Actually, I have to also recommend A. A. Milne's introduction to this collection; it gets one in the right mood to read about foolish people saying wise words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 6/25/2007

    " These remain my favorite short stories of all time. Saki's caustic wit and social subversion are wickedly funny. "

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