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The Best of Saki

by Saki

Other authors: Tom Sharpe (Introduction)

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Each volume in the Collector's Library series has a specially commissioned Afterword, brief biography of the author and further reading list. The Afterword is by leading UK playwright, novelist and eminent Sherlockian, David Stuart Davies.

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DNF at page 104. Just not my thing. It's the same problem I have with a lot of humor. The first couple of bits are funny, but then I get the feel for their style and there's no surprise. Surprise is at the heart of humor for me, so the stories just become tedious at that point. He is good at a clever turn of phrase, and if you like Wodehouse, you'll probably like him. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Aug 15, 2021 |
Somewhat macabre stories taking place in the peaceful and comfortable atmosphere of Edwardian England. My favorites include the Schartz-Metterclume Method, The Story-Teller and the Open Window. ( )
  drsabs | Jun 16, 2020 |
As ever with short stories (and these are very short) the collection has some ups and downs. For me the ups were the ones featuring children. The inventive way that the young lad got into the lumber room, and the delights he found there was fabulous. Accompanied by the sensation of getting one up on a slightly dense authority figure. And that is the overriding feel of the book, that authority should be pricked. There is, at times, a slightly cruel edge to the tone; the twist to the story of the gentleman with a frog in his clothing who has to disrobe in a railway carriage being the example that springs to mind. At times they are dated, but at times they feel a lot more recent than the first decade of the century. There is a flapper feel to them, and, with little to actually date them, they could be set almost anywhere in peace in the first half of the 20th century.
This was a good collection and I'm pleased to have read it. The best of them were very good. ( )
  Helenliz | Nov 27, 2014 |
What a delightful find. Saki is clearly the heir of Oscar Wilde, with similar acerbic wit honed with fine psychological observations. One wonders what kind of writer he could have become had WWI not put a premature end to his life. The quality of these short vignettes varies somehow, as can be expected from a writer his age, but some are downright delightful, and every story has at least one brilliant sentence or aforism that one rereads and savours, hoping one could be just as brilliant at witty repartee or withering comments. ( )
  fist | May 15, 2014 |
These are all mostly short short stories—even in this very small Penguin edition, they average no more than about five or six pages each—but they are bitingly, blackly funny. All very Edwardian now, but still rather like an unholy union of Wodehouse and Wilde. ( )
  siriaeve | Jul 7, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sakiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sharpe, TomIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greene, GrahamEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Poppel, Peter vanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rommers, Pieter H.W.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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