The Unbearable Bassington
1912. Saki (pseudonym of H. H. Munro), English author, is best known for his witty, sometimes whimsical, often cynical and bizarre short stories; they are collected in Reginald, The Chronicles of Clovis, Beasts and Super-Beasts, and other volumes. At the beginning of Munro's first novel, The Unbearable Bassington, the reader assumes that what they are reading is going to be exactly like his Reginald stories, but on a larger scale. Comus Bassington is another of the upper class young men with a cynical outlook on life. The plot is basically that his mother keeps trying to arrange things for Comus; a job as a secretary or an advantageous marriage, only for Comus to spoil things by selfishness or an unwillingness to be guided by another. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stef7sa - LibraryThing
For a large part a witty satire, reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's plays, it tends to become a bit repetitive and old-fashionedly slow halfway. But then the last two chapters turn out to be masterful, dramatic, written in an excellent style. Let's read some of Saki's stories! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Bjace - LibraryThing
Comus Bassington is handsome, charming and utterly unbearable. With no principles but his own whims, he carroms through London society exasperating his family and friends. When he finally loses his ... Read full review