Short Stories by Saki

By Saki
Read by Frederick Davidson and Nadia May

11.50 Hours 01/01/1996 unabridged
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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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…There’s no story that isn’t enjoyable, no humor that doesn't have its dark side…Recommended, in small doses, for fans of James Thurber and Rudyard Kipling. Library Journal
“Under the pen name Saki, Hector Hugh Munro wrote two kinds of stories, prankish humor about the British leisure class and chilling horror, a la the sardonic Ambrose Bierce. Through these the mellifluous Davidson and May romp in merry pointlessness. They strike the right tongue-in-cheek tone.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Saki

Saki was the pen name of the British writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916). In addition to his short stories, of which he was an acknowledged master, 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; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; a parody of Alice in WonderlandThe Westminster Alice; and a fantasy about England under German occupation, When William Came.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 11.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English