Best of Saki

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Pan Books, 1976 - Fiction - 250 pages
21 Reviews

No writer has combined laughter with savagery more devastatingly than Saki. Though he died nearly ninety years ago, the blackness of his comedy is contemporary and his wit has lost none of its freshness and sparkle.

At Edwardian tea tables, his elegant characters defend themselves against a malignant Nature waiting to kill and maim. As Tom Sharpe says, ‘Step out through the French windows and you are in the realms of Pan . . .’

This selection of the best of Saki’s stories gives a new generation the opportunity to be dazzlingly entertained – and to discover a rare and original contribution to English literature.

‘Start a Saki story and you will finish it. Finish one and you will start another, and having finished them all you will never forget them. They remain an addiction because they are much more than funny’ Tom Sharpe

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User Review  - Filip - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Stewart - Goodreads

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. Read full review

About the author (1976)

Thomas Ridley Sharpe (born March 30, 1928) was an English satirical author, best known for his Wilt series, as well as Porterhouse Blue and Blott on the Landscape, which were both adapted for British television. Sharpe died in Spain on June 6, 2013. He was 85 years old.

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