The Best of Saki

The Best of Saki

Saki Tom Sharpe / Jun 20, 2019

The Best of Saki A collection of eight cases contains examples The Bruce Partington Plans The Dying Detective Wisteria Lodge The devils Foot

  • Title: The Best of Saki
  • Author: Saki Tom Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9780330247320
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of eight cases, contains examples The Bruce Partington Plans The Dying Detective, Wisteria Lodge The devils Foot

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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 Window may be his most famous, with a closing line Romance at short notice was her speciality that has entered the lexicon In addition to his short stories which were first published in newspapers, as was the custom of the time, and then collected into several volumes he also wrote a full length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude two one act plays a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington the episodic The Westminster Alice a Parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland , and When William Came, subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns, an early alternate history He was influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and Kipling, and himself influenced A A Milne, No l Coward, and P G Wodehouse


    1. Surely this was one of the zaniest, most unabashedly bizarre collections of short stories I have ever come in contact with, all the more so because the initial presentation (of the book itself and each story) seemed so innocuous. After all, it wasn't titled "Wacky British Stories with Twists at the End That Will Make You Laugh Outrageously Even As You Squirm," so I had no idea what to expect.

    2. 3.5 starsI picked up this book after reading “The Open Window” online; the strong writing and clever twist made me curious to read more from Saki. These are bite-sized stories, only a few pages long, but this doesn’t prevent them from feeling complete and being quite engaging. Though their subjects are well-off Englishpeople at the turn of the twentieth century, they aren’t as tame as you might expect: common subjects include elaborate practical jokes and people (including small children [...]

    3. 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.

    4. When a book claims to carry the best works of a brilliant author, it’s usually safe to assume that it would be a thoroughly enjoyable read. And this book does not disappoint. I must say I knew very little about Saki, having read only three of his short stories in school – Dusk, Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger and The Open Window. But these had left a good enough impression. The book in question, which is a compilation of short stories, begins with stories from the Reginald series which are hilario [...]

    5. 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 witt [...]

    6. A master. I am actually rationing Saki's works over the course of my lifetime so I'll always have a surprise and a masterpiece to look forward to in the future. I think if I finished all his works in one go, I'll cry in hopelessness at having no more of his works to get acquainted to. Definitely love him.

    7. Absolutley wicked short stories, somewhere between Wilde, Jerome K. Jerome and Wodehouse, with added poison. No idea why this guy doesn't get namechecked more often.

    8. Appachan had tried to make me read Saki. I just listened to some stories narrated by Appachan and never the author himself. This meant that i would know the answer to that question in all quizzes: 'What is Saki's real name' without having read a single story by him. Then in one of our English textbooks was the first story in this collection - 'The Open Window'. One thing that i learned reading Saki is that he did not want women to vote. He mocks the suffragette at least twice in this collection [...]

    9. Collection of short stories by Saki and the characters are not casually anarchic, they are intentionally rude, He writes humorously, but he does not write humourThese stories are all like fairy tales. Seemingly simple, but with subtext that is deeply subversiveMany of his stories are indeed humour, though of a satirical nature.The Open window & The Hounds of Fate are the best and the rest are not as loveable as those two

    10. Some of the stories had me laughing until i almost fell of the chair, but a lot of them were just a little amusing, so is probably to read it slowly instead on one sitting (well almost because i fell).

    11. Did not finish. I met a used bookstore owner in line at a book signing several years ago who recommended Saki based on some other preferences. Saki had the right profile for me - gay, period, sardonic, satirist, European - however my eyes glazed over every time I picked this up. The stories in the first part of the book (maybe throughout?) are very short, only a few pages, but the style was too baroque, and the stories themselves far too farcical. The only one I read that I enjoyed was gothic an [...]

    12. I began reading Saki after I read his short story, The Open Window. This book is a wonderful collection of short stories of equal calibre. It reminded me of the short stories written by Mark Twain. The delightful humour makes it a pleasure to read it. Recommended to anyone who likes short stories.

    13. Saki's tales are so masterful and elegant that i wonder why i didn't come across them earlier. Weren't we supposed to have stuff of this sort in school? Did i sleep through some classes? Even though I don't much enjoy short stories, I hope to keep coming back to Saki for an occasional quick fix over the next few years.

    14. Skvelé! Suchší humor od tohto asi ani nie je Vypointované poviedky, miestami fejtóny sú super! A páčilo s ami to viac, ako som bola čakala. Doslov a poznámku o autorovi som uvítala - takto by mali vyzerať knihy. Nech sa dozviem aj kto je dotyčný, čo tieto skvosty napísal!

    15. Saki kind of combines the cliche O. Henry ending with an Ambrose Bierce sensibility. They are neat little stories, but if you read them in succession you begin to anticipate the ending pretty easily, like the worse of O.Henry. Better to read these with long rests in between.

    16. Apart from a few masterpieces like The Open Window these are mere short anecdotes from upper class life. Amusing but not really memorable.

    17. H.H.Munro was one of the most talented short-story writers whoever put his poisonous pen to paper. His famous last words 1916on the Western Frontre a German sniper took a bead on him"Put that bloody cigarette out!" seem ironic, in a macabre sort of way, as he was never a writer who needed his light putting-out: he managed to say what needed to be said in a few pages there are no stories that come close to novella-length here in this matchless collection. These stories ripple & pulsate with M [...]

    18. It's kind of sad that the man remains relatively unknown. These must be some of the oddest short stories in the English language. They read a bit like Oscar Wilde only leaning more on the macabre and the mischievous. The stories are critical satire of the Edwardian era and hit the point often though with the slowly unraveling pocket-hurricanes one would be excused to miss it. Weird kids abound. The stories are unequal in quality but they get progressively better and there's about half a dozen on [...]

    19. Harmless, mildly distracting story collection. Not sure what Saki did to earn the reputation of being a great short-story teller. None of the tales here are anywhere close to being described as 'great'. Not that they are without any positives. Most of them are reasonably humorous, the kind that make you smile once in a while rather than guffawing out loud. One reads that PG Wodehouse drew inspiration from Saki's work. Not sure if that is a bit apocryphal considering the former's work is so much [...]

    20. Poviedky sice nemam rada, ale potrebovala som nieco kratke a svizne pomedzi Outlanderovsku sagu, tak som si to vybrala, hlavne som sa tesila na suchy anglicky humor, ktory milujem. Bola som proste pripravena, ze sa mi to bude pacit. Nepacilo. Nezdalo sa mi to ani vtipne, ani svizne, iba cudne a casto depresivne. Potom som si precitala doslov, kde je zhrnuty autorov zivotopis a pochopila som, ktore vsetky traumy z detstva si v tych poviedkach prevetraval. A strasne mi vadil ten preklad. Je mozne, [...]

    21. I was first introduced to Saki in 2006. Reading The Lumber Room in my seventh grade English class was a delightful experience . Hence when I picked it up again, I wasn't surprised to find my opinion unchanged. These short stories were witty, dark and amusing. It was a mix of Roald Dahl and PG Woodehouse. Of course not all were equal. I especially enjoyed "The Open Window", "The Schwartz- Metturklume Method", "The Story Teller", "The Elk" and "The Seven Cream Jugs"

    22. A combination of funny,sarcastic and mischievous stories in the backdrop of the Edwardian English. Some of these were only seen in academic text books as short stories. Most of the stories have their central joke hidden in a single line or a few words even, making it necessary to follow each line sincerely if the punch is to be felt.

    23. I often wonder if Evelyn Waugh imbibed something of Saki's winning blend of outward propriety and inner savagery. 'Sredni Vashtar' is the masterpiece.

    24. '"Saki' is the name of the cup-bearer in the final stanza of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the pen-name chosen by one Hector Hugh Munro." I liked Saki's short stories. They should be read by anyone interested in English literature. He is very cynical, witty and severe at times. His stories include irresponsible, self-centred, cold and harsh adults. Children in his stories are either victims or perpetrators. One can clearly see the ruthlessness the characters display throughout the stories. Th [...]

    25. This book is a compilation of 37 of Saki’s best short stories. Not the type of thing I’d normally read, in fact I’d never even heard of this writer before reading this collection, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. The biting stories lampoon Edwardian society in a delightfully comic and witty way. There are many gems in the book; Tobermory, in which, during a house-party, a very candid talking cat who, having casually observed the guests from afar, starts to publicly reveal those guests’ [...]

    26. The Mouse by SakiSaki is a very nice name, which I am putting down for a future family member: macaw, borzoi or something else. My macaws are called Puccini and Balzac. One borzoi, out of five is called Karzai, from the ex Afghan president…I did not like the character, even if the look with the traditional head cover is interesting, but the name Hamid Karzai sounds terrific and exotic to me.The very short story of the mouse is funny and mindful. It proves that we use a filter and we judge acco [...]

    27. I heard about Saki (AKA H.H. Munro), a British short story writer from the early 1900's only by chance. I found this book while wandering through a used book store in Kingston, Ontario and bought it partly because I liked the binding. Now that I've read the collection of short stories, I can honestly say how glad that I was to have taken the chance on this book. Saki's stories are funny, witty, sharp and to the point. Each story runs from 3 to 6 pages and each is concise and exact and so well-wr [...]

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