Hector Monro, writing under the pseudonym of Saki, is justly renowned for his urbane and witty short stories. His eccentric characters, humorous dialogue, and engaging domestic situations all reveal a penetrating and sometimes disturbing insight into human nature. As a quixotic tour guide, Saki leads the reader from garden party to pig sty to political convention with the ease of one who is intimately familiar with the cares and foibles of the human condition, showing us this vista of life through the well-tempered lens of his gentle, British irony. In this definitive collection of seventy short stories, we can browse and sightsee at our leisure, cross borders of fresh insight, admire and enjoy each whimsical tale as we journey through the imaginative landscape of a truly artful writer.
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Under the pen name Saki, Hector Hugh Munro wrote two kinds of stories--prankish humor about the British leisure class and chilling horror ˆ la the sardonic Ambrose Bierce. Through these the mellifluous Davidson and May romp in merry pointlessness. They strike the right tongue-in-cheek tone, render the sense of their lines accurately enough, but somehow miss the punchlines. Indeed, many of the tales, as they deliver them, just stop, the joke over before one is aware that there is one. Nowhere in the packaging does one get a table of contents, a frustrating omission. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Saki was the pseudonym of Munro, a British citizen, orphaned young, raised by two maiden aunts in Burma around the turn of the century, and killed in World War I. With the voices of Frederick Davidson and Nadia May reading alternating stories, these brief tongue-in-cheek portraits of English society (or more often its pretenders) contrasted with a life near the jungle create the equivalent of pleasant, easy-listening music. Out on a tiger hunt, a woman accidentally shoots the goat brought along as bait; spectacular gardens are installed at a moment's notice; the concept of gift-giving is hilariously scrutinized again and again. There's no story that isn't enjoyable, no humor that doesn't have its dark side, and if endings are often abrupt or formulaic, that's to be expected in any compilation this huge. But 12 hours is a bit much. And in a frustrating production flaw, many stories continue on the next tape. Recommended, in small doses, for fans of James Thurber and Rudyard Kipling.?Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "SoHo Weekly News," New York
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